New Company But Doesnt Let You Install Inverter

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Boss's Comment
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I'm about to transition from my current company WEL to Swift to get more home time and home as I request not when they get me home weeks later.... But Im loaded with all the bells and whistles, Microwave, Dorm Fridge, Crockpot, George forman grill,Laptop,Flat screen,Dvd player and ect.. Ofcourse 2000 watt inverter to power Fridge and microwave and smaller plug in inverter for all other appliances. But Swift dont allow power inverters... I prefer not to spend additional money on 12v fridge and Do without microwave due to I grocery shop and stock up my truck with healthy and protein foods and drinks and dont eat out truck stops. Question is are their any suggestions on ways around this?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Solar power? No, you can't install solar cells on the outside. I guess you need to learn to camp. Or lease a truck and get an inverter. Swift will install that onto your truck.

I drive for Swift.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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It's a damn shame you have to lease a truck just to get an inverter.

Hudsonhawk's Comment
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It's a damn shame you have to lease a truck just to get an inverter.

I was thinking the same thing. I guess I'm spoiled where I'm at.

Steve L.'s Comment
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If you'll be getting more home time, maybe don't need to stock up for as long and a cooler will suffice? And just about every truck stop has a microwave, I use theirs.

Errol V.'s Comment
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It's a damn shame you have to lease a truck just to get an inverter.

I think what it comes down to is that the company does not want to bother with the expense of the additional maintenance of the inverter or APU.

For your own truck, they will be more than happy to help you out! Especially, since anything that happens will be on your dime.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Kieran L.'s Comment
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I'm sure you could probably still use the smaller plug-in inverter (one that plugs into a standard 12vDC socket) since it requires no installation on the company's part. They just aren't going to allow you to tap into wiring or drill holes in their truck to install a big one. Of course the smaller plug in inverter isn't going to power a microwave.

Phil C.'s Comment
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Do they not allow any power inverters or just hardwired ones? You could...stress "could" (not should), have some type of temporary setup and say..clip some wires to the battery to run your inverter when need to use microwave. It would be a hassle and you'd have to remove it each time? I'm not sure if that would violate their rules or not however. The fridge you are probably out of luck on.

Phil

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