The cabin or cab of a truck is the inside space in a truck where the driver is seated. Modern long-haul (long distance) trucks cabs usually feature air conditioning, a good sound system, and ergonomic seats (often air-suspended). Pickup truck cabs have options that can make them as comfortable to drive as a car.
There are usually three types of cabs in pickup trucks:
There are a few possible cab configurations:
- A sleeper (or sleeper berth or bunk) is a compartment attached to the cab where the driver can rest while not driving. It is frequently on long-haul semi-trailer trucks. They can range from a simple 2 to 4 foot (0.6 to 1.2 m) bunk to a 12-foot (3.7 m) apartment-on-wheels. It allows drivers to spend weeks on the road moving cargo.
- Cab over engine (COE) or flat nose, where the driver is seated on top of the front axle and the engine. They came into use just before World War II. Cabovers have a shorter wheelbase and good visibility. COE's are still popular among medium and light duty trucks in the United States. To access the engine, the whole cab tilts forward.
- Conventional cabs are the most common in North America and Australia. The driver is seated behind the engine similar to a pickup truck. Conventionals are further divided into "large car" and "aerodynamic" designs. A "large car" or "long nose" is a conventional truck with a long (6 to 8 foot (1.8 to 2.4 m) or more) hood. With their very square shapes, these trucks experience a lot of wind resistance. They typically consume more fuel. They also provide somewhat poorer visibility than their aerodynamic or COE counterparts. By contrast, Aerodynamic cabs are very streamlined. They have a sloped hood and other features to lower drag. The front doors are behind (and mostly above) the front tires. Access to a conventional cabin is commonly by steps at or near the fuel tank(s) behind the front tires.
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