Without much fan fair we have had our kids regularly on the road for summer time trips over the last 4-5 years. The estimate is conservatively over 50,000 miles of accumulated duty time, and they love it. Except for the 15 day trip to California back in 2013 they don’t seem to get home sick as long as there’s a swimming pool at the end of the day and the occasional Waffle House breakfast.
Sure there are certain times when it’s tough, like when some idiot in a Prius or Audi does the 18” clearance “lane change” off the front of the truck… But we have learned to mute our normally graphic gestures when the kids are in the truck, comforted by the knowledge that only lower human life forms actually buy a Prius, or an Audi POS.
Fortunately, those situations are rare. They read, watch movies and have seen a lot of the eastern US from a well maintained vintage Ford F350, mostly uneventful yet rich. It’s the unique advantage of trucking that enables the freedom to go anywhere, anytime, and with anyone in the truck. And for a several summer seasons, a couple of kids have become road warriors with their dad hotshot running cars…Priceless!