Went Solo Today, New Cascadia With Collision Avoidance System

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RealDiehl's Comment
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You might have noticed when the cruise is on it won't let you get to within more than 2.8 - 3 seconds of the person in front of you. It will automatically adjust your speed to maintain that distance.

Correction, for the sake of accuracy. That's actually 3.8 seconds.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations on upgrading and getting that nice new truck. Yes, you can use heavy duty extention cords. You don't want long ones. 3 to 6 feet should be good. You may want to measure from your inverter to where you want to plug in. Also, you can get 12 volt extention cords. Good luck.

Yep, the thicker and shorter the cord, the better.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Congrats!

I'm completely jealous! I'm stuck in a 2016 Peterbilt with 441,334 miles...

Michael B.'s Comment
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Mine has an APU with an 1800 watt inverter. I've got 110 outlets where the microwave goes and also by the fridge door/bottom bunk area, along with numerous 12v outlets.

Could you please take a picture of your swivel TV mount for me? I'd like to see it because my TV still rides on my bunk as I've not found a suitable mount for it yet.

Susan here are two pics of it, the swivel is mounted on the bunk side below the microwave slot. My microwave slot has a 12 volt dc plug on the bottom left side of the microwave slot, I dont see any 110 plugs there. Where might yours be located? The only 110 plugs I see are the two actually on the 1800 watt inverter which is mounted on the front bottom of my bunk. I have no APU, the truck has an auto idle shut off. I am about to read the paperwork and manuals that I have but let me know if anyone knows, how do I override that so I can idle the truck, I am going to bring a Basset Hound with me after I get more comfortable in the truck (dont want the added distraction of an animal until then for safety). Well Susan, I cant figure out how to put a picture in here so if you could help me out...I do the upload new photo, click on my pic then hit go and it says please enter a caption and nothing happens.

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.

Michael B.'s Comment
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Susan, the table top you see to the left is the top of my fridge under the microwave. The strap on the right is the netting for the bottom bunk.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Could you please take a picture of your swivel TV mount for me? I'd like to see it because my TV still rides on my bunk as I've not found a suitable mount for it yet.

A bigger question is what is available to screw to? I can show you plenty of TV mounts, but I assume you can't just screw into the wall of the truck.

If Michael can see the screws, and measure distance between them, I can probably find a working mount.

I did find this, but it is going to depend on whether your cabinets are like this one, and if they will hold a screw.

Cascadia TV Mount

Susan D. 's Comment
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I don't have any existing screws there and nothing to screen a mount to. There is a light on the underside of the cabinet above the fridge so can't screen anything into that either. My 110 outlets are hidden behind the microwave so I'd have to remove it to get a picture of them. I've heard some are using the existing screws in the vent (to the outside) to mount a TV but I'm afraid I won't have enough clearance to raise the bunk to access the storage underneath. My other half says he's drawn up a plan for a custom cabinet that will swivel and go on top of the fridge to hold the satellite receiver and mount the TV to, but I'm impatient and the way we've been running, haven't been home at the same time. That tray on top of the fridge-- even the satellite receiver doesn't sit flat there.

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Susan D. 's Comment
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Yeah I'm watching Doctor Who.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I don't have any existing screws there and nothing to screen a mount to. There is a light on the underside of the cabinet above the fridge so can't screen anything into that either. My 110 outlets are hidden behind the microwave so I'd have to remove it to get a picture of them. I've heard some are using the existing screws in the vent (to the outside) to mount a TV but I'm afraid I won't have enough clearance to raise the bunk to access the storage underneath. My other half says he's drawn up a plan for a custom cabinet that will swivel and go on top of the fridge to hold the satellite receiver and mount the TV to, but I'm impatient and the way we've been running, haven't been home at the same time. That tray on top of the fridge-- even the satellite receiver doesn't sit flat there.

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Is that cubby where the TV is supposed to go, or is that the spot for the microwave? After re-reading, that is the top of the fridge, and I think where you want the TV. Are you allowed to screw into the top of that, or into the side to the left? You would only need two screws, to hold less than 15 pounds for a 24" TV

In the picture of the link I posted, they screwed into the cabinet, but it looks like your cabinet isn't the same.

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Wow. Fridges, microwaves, TVs, sound systems. What's next? Hot tubs? Of course, the new self driving trucks won't need any of these.

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