For many long-haul Peterbilt truck drivers, their truck is their home while they are working away from the family home. Some drivers only make it home on weekends, while others may be lucky to make it home once a month. With so much time spent in the interior of a truck, it's worth it take the time to customize the Peterbilt interior to the driver's preference. You can customize everything from seats to sleeper cabs.
You can customize a Peterbilt's interior upholstery to fit your style and design preferences. You can upholster everything from the truck's seats to the floor and side kick panels. Look for carpeted floor covers that are easy to clean and sturdy to stand up to rugged wear. Choose a color that you like or go for black and red carpet that coordinates with the red Peterbilt logo.
You can upholster seats in everything from tweed to leather. Leather provides a sleek and luxurious finish that can be expensive but worth the cost if you spend a lot of time in the truck and like the way it looks. You can have the Peterbilt logo or names embroidered in the seat covers or purchase custom manufactured Peterbilt seat covers.
Truckers who spend a lot of time on the road need to carry daily essentials with them but the size of a Peterbilt truck limits storage space. Build custom storage drawers or cabinets to fit under the bed in the sleeper cab, or hire a carpenter to do the job. You can install a unit that uses the bed as a lid to lift up for easy access to your stored items. Sleek chrome over the cabinet will give it an industrial look. You could also cover the cabinetry in rich velvet material and have a Peterbilt logo embroidered on the fabric.
Design the interior as you would design your house -- with artwork on the walls. The sleeper cab can showcase artwork over the bed or on the side walls. You'll have to take into consideration that the truck is constantly moving and artwork could bump off the walls. Screw the frame into the walls and cover your pictures with acrylic instead of real glass.
Examples of artwork you might include are custom paintings of your Peterbilt, a portrait of your truck or even pictures of your family, so they'll always be with you when you're on the road. You could even install shelves on the wall and use them to display model Peterbilt trucks if you have a collection.
CB radios and stereo systems are staples to life for a Peterbilt truck driver. Rather than mounting your communications equipment haphazardly, create a custom box to house these units. If you share your Peterbilt with other truck drivers, this is a way to take your equipment with you in each truck.
Make a plain wood box for a rustic look. Try using a wood burner to personalize the box with your name and a Peterbilt logo. Paint the box to match the colors of the interior so the box blends in. Another option is to cover the box with the fabric of your choice. You could go for carpeting or even a leather cover. To make the interior look sleek, match the box fabric to your truck's seats.
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