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Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Any Hispanic/Latino OTR truck drivers out here?

So, for the past 5 months I’ve been researching, studying, and preparing to become and OTR Truck Driver. I’ve passed my written exam, obtained my permit, and I’m now in a different state for training to get my CDL license! Exciting stuff! At least it was until I started to drive over here from my state, which is a very mixed bag of all kinds of cultures and people. I noticed that the farther I drove out of my home state I felt less welcomed and more out of place. I’ve almost forgotten that i’m Hispanic/Latino after living in such a diverse and accepting community. On my drive here, i’ve been given dirty looks, and had a stranger bump into my shoulder from behind while I was just standing there and he had more than enough room to walk around me. He then took a picture of me on his phone and then walked away. I might be thinking about it too much but I am a little bit nervous and scared of continuing my journey of becoming an OTR truck driver. I don’t wanna quit because i’ve finally found something i’m passionate about that’s worth pursuing and I can’t see myself doing anything else. My question here is: How do other hispanic otr truck drivers deal with these feelings? Are there any places I should look out for? Any tips? This is the first time in my life that I’ve felt this way. Somebody give me a pep talk or something. Lol.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Gaming with the truck on?

An APU runs off the same fuel source as your truck. As long as you have fuel in your tanks it will run the APU. Think of it like a back up generator for a house. No need to charge it. It's the APU that keeps your battery charged😁 and it only runs when the truck's engine is off.

This is super helpful. Thanks! Guess I don’t have to worry about my gaming setup shutting off randomly haha. Appreciate the info!

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Gaming with the truck on?

Some trucks have APUs (Auxiliary Power Unit). If you get a truck with an APU, I don't think you have to worry about killing the truck's battery.

Even if you don't have an APU, I imagine you can idle the engine periodically to keep the battery charged🤷‍♂️??? Not 100% certain about that, or for how long/often you need to run the engine to keep the battery charged. Hopefully someone that knows more about that can give you a more concrete answer.

Gotcha. I thought everything was hooked up to the truck’s battery.

How long does an APU usually last? And do they charge when you start driving the truck?

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Gaming with the truck on?

Hello. Didn’t know how to add a topic to the entertainment tag so i’m making one here. Was just wondering how other big gamers out there play video games for a long time in their truck during 34 hour resets? I haven’t started trucking yet but was wondering how this works and the closest thing I could find was someone saying that you can get about 30 min to an hour with the truck off before the battery dies. Is this true? I’ll most likely use a gaming laptop or a ps4 and a small tv. How long do you guys get to game before it kills the battery? Or how do you game for long periods of time without worrying about the battery? Thanks!

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