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Honestly...Would YOU do this?

I'm almost afraid to post this because of the responses I think I'll get, but here it goes:

My husband has a CDL license and sometimes his work asks him to drive their truck. Next week they asked him to make a 6-7 hour trip. Once he gets where he's going, he'll have to stay and work for about 4 days, then he drives back. He wants the baby and I to come with him. Initially I was really excited because I've wanted to go for a short trip w/him, but never had the opportunity, but then I thought about the baby. I asked where she would go (because the truck just has 2 seats in the front and a sleeper cab)? He said he figured she and I would just relax in the cab.

I don't think I'm comfortable with that. I mean, she could be in her car seat in the cab, but she wouldn't be "buckled" to anything. Can you buckle a child seat into the passenger seat in a semi? Is that even safe?

I just don't know.

Wed. Mar 14, 1:17pm

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What do people do when they're traveling with babies and driving RV's?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 1:30 PM

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Same poster as before... does the company that he drives for have a policy about this? Due to insurance reasons and liability reasons I would assume that they do... perhaps you should ask them about it?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 1:31 PM

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I would probably just relax in the cab without thinking twice about it, but that's just me, and I'd never push my opinion on someone else. If you're uncomfortable with that thought, by all means, don't do it!

Alternatively, you could drive your own car, with the baby buckled in the backseat, and meet him there. Or buy a plane ticket or train ticket. Or, maybe that'd be a good week for the baby to visit grandma, or aunt, etc. (I don't know your situation though, so I don't know if that's a possible idea or not!) Then you could have some one-on-one time with your husband.

Finally, as he'll be working while you're there, in this unfamiliar city, maybe it'd be a better/easier idea to let him go, and plan a weekend trip somewhere with him, where you both take your car, with carseat, and spend time together, instead of apart, in an unfamiliar city.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 1:33 PM

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What you're comfortable with is irrelevant; it's illegal to drive with a baby that isn't buckled into a car seat.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 1:33 PM

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OP Here...

To the 1:30 poster: GREAT question. I never thought of that. Anyone know the answer to that?

To the 1:33 poster: I normally would just relax in the cabin also. What about the baby though? What would you guys do with her in the truck? I guess becoming a mother has made me paranoid. LOL.

Hubby's company is okay with him having other people in the truck with him. Oh...and a lot of our family isn't close and those that are, work during the day.

Thanks for the responses. I'd love to hear what anyone else has to say.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 1:51 PM

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perfect question for us since we just have been doing the very same thing of sorts. We bought a 14ft uhaul moving truck and have been driving from New England to the southern states- basically a 2 day drive to move our stuff. We had a tether hook installed behind the bench and we installed the seat in the middle, with the seatbelt strap and used the tether (even using the C clamp or piece of metal that is 2 c's back to back to make the lap belt stay tightened). Ford has to install these for free because of some law that was passed or they did some - not a recall but they volunteered to do every ford truck- well if yours is a ford you are set. The hook is basically a rectangle that is hooked onto a piece of metal that has holes where it can get screwed or bolted into the truck itself.

He has been very happy to ride up front with us- aside from his foot being a bit close to the gear shift- and teaching him not to kick at it- we have a safe fun time. we have 3-4 more trips planned for this spring.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 2:44 PM

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found a link to the interior cab of A truck... not sure if it is like your husbands truck....

If you can't strap the seat in like it is reccomended in the manual- then I suggest you follow him in your car... then you will have a vehicle you can drive while you are wherever you are going to go... how old is your daughter/baby?
Mine is about 3 yrs... I am the last poster...


Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 2:51 PM

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To the poster that has the U-Haul truck...

What type of seat is in your truck? Is it a bench seat?

Thanks for the link. I'm not sure what the inside of the truck looks like, but that at least gives me an idea of what it could possibly look like. His work actually owns the semi trailer. They rent a truck to haul it from U-Haul.

Maybe I should call them and ask for suggestions or see if they have a way to buckle in the baby seat already.

Oh...and our daughter is almost 2 months.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 3:16 PM

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yes- it is a big long bench seat... there is not much room at all behind the bench back part... maybe 1-2 inches... it takes both of us to install the seat, I help hold the carseat up while he and I hold the bench back away from the back of the cab and he hooks the seat into the tether... it is too difficult to tighten it further otherwise... just not the right angle for pulling the tether tight.

Then the lap belt part is just like any other car... do definately call them and if they have any issues with a baby on board you will definately hear about it. Though it would be a long drive to do it seperate- and be in your own car... you will then have a vehicle... sounds like the way to go to me.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 3:52 PM

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First of all you need to make sure that his work covers this. If god forbid you all get in an accident and they don't cover children or even passengers then you are liable and he could lose his job. Also RV's and semi's are two totally different things. I've been in a semi and it is a very bouncy, rough ride so if you can't strap the car seat in then you shouldn't do it. Why not be safe and drive up in your own car, follow him or meet him up there.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 4:42 PM

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