Sterling Truck Corp. on Thursday, Aug. 7, introduced the Sterling NightShift — its new integrated sleeper. Designed to maximize productivity and driver retention in regional haul applications, the company says the NightShift features best-in-size storage of a midsize-midroof sleeper, a stand-up walk-through configuration, ultimate comfort and a significant amount of natural light — together offering the most abundant driver amenities in a midsize sleeper.
Designed specifically for the less-than-truckload, distribution and leasing markets, the NightShift is suited for drivers who travel multiple days per week. The integrated sleeper is available in a 60-inch midroof configuration for the Sterling Set-Back 113 and Set-Back 122 models.
“Our customers have asked for a sleeper configuration, and we listened,” says Richard Shearing, manager of product strategy for Redford, Mich.-based Sterling Trucks. “We have developed a working-class sleeper that provides outstanding comfort and storage. In addition, fleet owners will benefit from better rested, more productive drivers, all geared to help improve driver retention — and their bottom line.”
Sterling says the NightShift’s amenities include:
Another comfort feature found in the NightShift is its significant headroom. With an 80-inch floor-to-ceiling height — enough for a 6-foot, 4-inch driver — and ample room between the seats, the driver easily can stand up and walk through the cab to the sleeper without crouching or bending over. Also, because the floor is flat between the cab and the sleeper, the driver does not have to navigate any steps or ledges.
The NightShift also offers its Sterling clear view 36-by-10-inch back window, which improves visibility by providing drivers with a better back-up view and jobsite visibility. In addition, the combination of the back and side windows increases natural light, which can reduce eye strain and driver fatigue — a common problem noted by drivers.
Other interior amenities include a single bunk with tent-style restraints, an upper television cabinet with electrical outlets and connection capabilities, privacy curtains and an over-windshield console with CB connections.
“With the addition of the Nightshift to our family, we now offer the broadest product line in the Class 3-8 market,” Shearing says. The Sterling Nightshift will be available to order in December. For more information, go to www.sterlingtrucks.com.