Crete Idling

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Josh C.'s Comment
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Hey everybody I'm thinking of going to crete but was wondering about their idling do they allow it or do they have their trucks automatically shut off after 5 minutes seems like it would be pretty uncomfortable in the summer when it real hot

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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I'm not with Crete but, my truck has an apu that runs hvac. I have. Switch I turn on when parked and when truck batteries get low it starts up and runs until they are charged.

I believe most companies have apu or epu on their trucks.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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I'm not with Crete but, my truck has an apu that runs hvac. I have. Switch I turn on when parked and when truck batteries get low it starts up and runs until they are charged.

I believe most companies have apu or epu on their trucks.

I had that backwards. I have an epu not an apu. Lol

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Viking's Comment
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I'm with CR England, not Crete however we have a "no idle" policy.

Our trucks do NOT have APUs and will shut off after a few mins UNLESS it is OVER 73 degrees or UNDER 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Therefore in the summer we idle, in the winter we have the bunk heater. Only in the spring/fall does it really suck when it's not quite hot enough to idle but still uncomfortably warm in the truck.

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.

APUs:

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.

Jamie's Comment
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Our trucks cannot just freely idle, they automatically turn off after a few minutes. But we do have opi idle for keeping the batteries charged and AC, once enabled the truck will turn on and off when needed to charge the batteries and or run the AC to cool the truck down for driver comfort. We have Espar bunk heaters for all our trucks for heating during the winter.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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Does the horn blow when the truck auto starts? My horn does. With the shaking of the truck combined with the horn blow every 10 minutes or so it’s hard to sleep like that.

Our trucks cannot just freely idle, they automatically turn off after a few minutes. But we do have opi idle for keeping the batteries charged and AC, once enabled the truck will turn on and off when needed to charge the batteries and or run the AC to cool the truck down for driver comfort. We have Espar bunk heaters for all our trucks for heating during the winter.

Josh C.'s Comment
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Please just crete drivers answer the question lol I appreciate all responses but if your not a crete driver please let the crete folks answer

Jamie's Comment
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Please just crete drivers answer the question lol I appreciate all responses but if your not a crete driver please let the crete folks answer

I am a Crete driver.

Does the horn blow when the truck auto starts? My horn does. With the shaking of the truck combined with the horn blow every 10 minutes or so it’s hard to sleep like that.

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Our trucks cannot just freely idle, they automatically turn off after a few minutes. But we do have opi idle for keeping the batteries charged and AC, once enabled the truck will turn on and off when needed to charge the batteries and or run the AC to cool the truck down for driver comfort. We have Espar bunk heaters for all our trucks for heating during the winter.

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It let's off a low sound alarm/horn, I personally cannot hear it in my bunk 99% of the time and when I do, it's a very faint sound that wouldn't wake me up.

Old School's Comment
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Josh, Jamie drives for Crete. He gave you a definitive answer. Anybody could help you though. I don't know of any carrier who doesn't have some way for you to have A/C in the heat. That's probably the last thing you should be concerned with when switching carriers.

Crete's trucks are set up for you to have heat in the winter and A/C in the summer. It's not necessarily from constant idling though. Read Jamie's response. He explained how it works.

I'm curious... why are you leaving your current job?

PackRat's Comment
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Jamie is spot on! I sat through a 12 minute video on, "Idling Policy" this afternoon in orientation in Lenoir City.

Fun times.....again.....

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