Posted: 8 years ago
Hey all! First time poster, long time lurker. This website along with truckers report has helped me greatly on starting my truck driving career! I would like to start out by sayin I appreciate all of the company review and honesty on here.
Okay so I'm getting on with Knight Transportation starting Monday. Well actually Squire's CDL training.. I won't have to worry about this for awhile but I'm the type of person that likes to have everything figured out before I do something so I can be the best I can be at what I do and put all my focus and attention on what I'm doing. I've exhausted all my other options for going to a private school.
Just a side note - I just found out today that TMC has their own CDL school, classes start this Monday. Had I known about that (last talked to them in march about working there but with no CDL it was a no go) I would have went with them.
But anyways, knight doesn't allow power inverters and there's no APU's either. They allow you to plug stuff into the 12v cigarette socket thing. How do I go about powerinf a microwave to cook food, tv, laptop, fridge/freezer etc in the truck? I'm not familiar with electricity in the slightest. I found a 3000w inverter that will plug into a cigarette socket but heard I won't get 3000w from it. This is making me upset because all 12v socket stuff costs a lot more than of I had a wall outlet. For example, I have an edgestar freezer bookmarked on my phone, $500 plugs into the cigarette lighter. Very good reviews. But then I'd still need a cooler/fridge as well. The only microwave I've found that plugs into the cigarette socket is very expensive too. I don't want to eat sandwiches and fast food but without a freezer and a way to quickly cook my food what do I do??
So in short, is there anyway to power tv's, Xbox, mini fridge, microwave etc off of a 12v lighter socket? or do I just have to get myself a nice cooler and some of them 12 roadpro saucepan, portable stove and slow cooker...
Another side note...Does anybody here know why somebody would put a thermoelectric cooler or spend 500 on a freezer (edgestar remember?)in their truck instead of just getting a minifridge ... (If they had an inverter) The thermoelectric cooler just makes whatever is inside 30-40 degrees cooler than the outside temp and then you still need somethin to keep your meat and frozen entrees frozen....if that's the kind of stuff ya eat.
Again main question is- how do I power a microwave, tv, Xbox, fridge/freezer without an inverter connected to the battery. And why do people use those generic coolers instead of a minifridge (assuming they have an inverter)
I appreciate any and all responses. And I know I might find some answers out from my trainer but like I said, I'm a maximizer and like to be well educated in what I do.
Posted: 8 years ago
No APU/No inverters
Actually I'd like to bring some weights with me as well to stay fit :p but yeah I'm new to the industry, obviously, if I can fit a weeks worth of food and it not spoil in an electric cooler then that's fine with me. The last few months I kind of got into cooking my own food and when I think of what to eat it's more of things that need to be cooked but it appears I'll have to revert back to the sandwiches, hamburger helper, or just prepare food at home and bring it with me on the road....I do not own a laptop so that's why I'd bring the xbox (Netflix) and tv lol.