Living in a Truck 101

I thought I would do a quick post since I whipped these up this afternoon. Living in a truck has its goods and bad. For me, I’ve found some easy ways to adapt living in a truck box most like living at home which makes road life pretty good.

One thing I have found though, is living in a truck  leaves you with not a lot of privacy which some days bugs me. Most trucks are equipped with curtains of some sort, but they are like everyone else’s which I do not like. And for a flat top pete and most of the kenworth trucks I’ve had, you end up with a sleeper curtain that locks you into your sleeper with no view out. I end up feeling VERY claustrophobic in them (think coffin) so I refuse to use them.

Luckily my mother bought me a very nice sewing machine for my birthday and this is the second set of curtains I’ve made for Rosie. I was happier with the first I made since the material was from a good sewing shop. This material was from walmart, so of coarse you don’t get the quality, but the female skull and crossbones design I could not pass up!!

I back the fabric with a nice muslin which makes them hang nice and keeps the sun and cold out. This way,  I have my whole truck to move around in, I’m not stuck in my bunk and it just looks so damn cool….. These curtains which have 3 pieces to them cost me $19.00, the first set I made cost me $30.00 using 2 yards of each fabric.
I just hang them with velcro and they are easy to pull off  or put on in a hurry.

Bethany About Bethany

I am a prisoner of the highway, farmer and lover of Mother Nature, the moon and stars, my long and low, flat-top Peterbilt, chickens, cats, dogs, horses, cooking, photography, tattoos, tea pots and vintage barnifacts…among other things. I’m also a very, happily married, third-generation truck driver. My career choice is both demanding and rewarding, just like most things in life that are truly good.


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Those are wonderful! I also love seeing this view of your cab… All those gauges and switches and woodwork — beautiful!

  2. steph in oregon says:

    Great curtains!

    A while back I remember a post where your truck slid on snowy/icy ground while parked–you were sleeping. Were the curtains up? If so, I bet that velcro came in handy.

  3. Barb in Pa. says:

    Sweet job on the curtains…very inventive indeed! The pattern is great. :)

  4. Like the Female Skull & Cross Bones, too. You did a good job.

  5. How did the sewing go with the bad finger? I like them. Very you!

  6. Nice curtains … great idea to give yourself more room to move around and less claustrophobia. I would suffer from that if I had to live behind curtains.

  7. Victoria Gongaware says:

    I am so impressed with you and your blog, I look forward to every post you make!
    I have been trucking alone for 32 years and I am just thrilled with your curtains. I too love my privacy,
    I use the chrome thingy that just goes in my windshield and dark tint on my
    side glass, but love this idea! Can you please tell me where
    you attached the velcro? Did you stick it to your interior? I am going to have to get
    a seamstress to make me some for sure cause I never had the patience to sew!
    Thanks again! Vicky

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