How to Customize the Inside of a Class 8 Truck

by Contributing Writer

Class 8 truck interiors have come a long way since the introduction of class 8 trucks with sleeper cabs. In the last 20 years there has been a concerted effort by truck manufacturers to take driver comfort into consideration when designing cab and sleeper interiors. These days they have everything in class 8 trucks from CD players and satellite radios in the driver compartments to TV’s, DVD players, and refrigerators in the sleeper compartments. There are many things you can do to customize and personalize the interior of your class 8 truck. You can do a theme truck such as a sports theme, life style theme or movie theme, and you can customize the interior to add comfort to your life while out on the road. So make your plans and get started.

Add a custom dashboard. Paint it your favorite color. Install custom gauges such as titanium or chrome gauges and back light them in your favorite color. Install chrome switches that light up in a color that you like. Add on custom brake knobs too. Put on a doghouse cover. They look good and protect the dash from the sun. You spend a lot of time sitting in front of your dashboard so it should be easy on the eyes.

Install a custom steering wheel. They come in a variety of different styles to fit your personality and they provide great functionality too. Steering wheels come in wood, chrome, chain, leather and just about any type of fabric that you can imagine. This is a way to have some fun and let your personality shine through in the interior of your truck.

Install a nice set of air ride seats for comfort. You can choose from a few different models with all kinds of options such as heated and swivel seats. Have them covered in the fabric you like most, such as leather. Recover your door panels and cab roof as well with leather, button tuck and roll, or another fabric that you like.

Include a custom sound system in the cab of your truck. There are several types of sound systems available, including Sony systems, Pioneer systems and Alpine systems. Unless you're experienced in installing this type of equipment, have a professional do it for you.

Install a flat panel television in the sleeper of your truck. They are very well constructed and can handle the beating of going down the road. Add a multi disc DVD player too.

Include a microwave oven in the sleeper area. That way, you can have a hot meal after a long day of negotiating the roads and traffic on your trips.

Custom cover the walls and ceiling of your sleeper in leather or fabric. Covering the walls and ceiling allows you to have your truck looking just the way you want it so it feels a bit like home, even if you're thousands of miles away. This is usually not a job to do on your own. You'll want to have it done at a shop for the best results.

Tips

  • check If you are not capable of doing the upholstery in your truck yourself, find a shop that specializes in class 8 truck interiors. They will know best where to begin and will know the limitations of the materials you want to use.
  • check Have your electronics installed by a qualified technician. Everything is electrical on trucks today and one mistake with the wiring can put you out of work and cost you money.

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