Portable Generator Question.

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Brian M.'s Comment
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Errol that rating is the fuse capacity and has nothing to do with the appliance itself. To know what the appliance surge is the more important equation.

Brian M.'s Comment
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Its not that it only lasts a half a second. It lasts a half a second for repeated uses. They add up over time.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Brian, I just happened to be in a WM, so I took a look.

750W Schumacher inverter. Label reads: Maximum continuous output: 750W. Surge Capacity (0.1 second) 1500W.

Fuses are rated in amps (two 40As on this one).

Tractor Man's Comment
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I understand that most truck companies are not installing APU units anymore. I also know that you can idling of your truck if nesasary. But if I want to run a microwave or a tv and a gaming console would a inverter handle that?

I heard that some truckers use small portable generators to run some of their cooking appliances and entertainment stuff. But do laws allow you to have small amounts of gasoline strapped to the back of the truck? If so how much is to much?

This thread has veered into Inverters. What about Portable Generators such as the Honda EU2000. Very quiet and very portable. Many RVers swear by them.


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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't believe I've ever seen a truck carry a portable generator and you won't need one. You'll be able to run televisions, computers, and gaming systems just fine with the smaller inverters. With the bigger ones you can run powerful microwaves and bigger refrigerators and such but you really don't need that stuff. The smaller 40 quart electric coolers do a good job and honestly I don't think a microwave is the best use of space inside a truck. Remember, you'll be parked in truck stop parking lots all the time and they have microwaves, even entire restaurants if you want one.

But no, do not plan on bringing a generator with you.

Phil C.'s Comment
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If you haul ANY amount of a flammable liquid, like gasoline, on a CMV , you are subject to Hazmat rules. It must be in a DOT approved can not more than 8 gallons, those cans are pricey too. Just be aware if you have a little plastic gas can on a CMV, you could be in trouble if they really wanted to push it, the fines are quite steep.



Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Andriy T.'s Comment
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I have a generator on my truck and I carry a 2.5 gal gas tank on the back of my truck on the cat walk I don't put it back there when it's full my ac went out and I drive for my cousin and it took him a few weeks to get the money to fix the ac so we put a small unit n the closest n my sleeper the generator ran that I have a 3000 watt inverter it runs my tv fridge coffee pot and microwave all at the same time

I also have one of those you can simply take with you anywhere you go. And I'm looking for a new one, because my is out of order. I am lookink for something like wen 56200i.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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