Gaming With The Truck On?

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dirtydeeds's Comment
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Hello. Didn’t know how to add a topic to the entertainment tag so i’m making one here. Was just wondering how other big gamers out there play video games for a long time in their truck during 34 hour resets? I haven’t started trucking yet but was wondering how this works and the closest thing I could find was someone saying that you can get about 30 min to an hour with the truck off before the battery dies. Is this true? I’ll most likely use a gaming laptop or a ps4 and a small tv. How long do you guys get to game before it kills the battery? Or how do you game for long periods of time without worrying about the battery? Thanks!

RealDiehl's Comment
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Some trucks have APUs (Auxiliary Power Unit). If you get a truck with an APU , I don't think you have to worry about killing the truck's battery.

Even if you don't have an APU, I imagine you can idle the engine periodically to keep the battery charged🤷‍♂️??? Not 100% certain about that, or for how long/often you need to run the engine to keep the battery charged. Hopefully someone that knows more about that can give you a more concrete answer.

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.

dirtydeeds's Comment
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Some trucks have APUs (Auxiliary Power Unit). If you get a truck with an APU , I don't think you have to worry about killing the truck's battery.

Even if you don't have an APU, I imagine you can idle the engine periodically to keep the battery charged🤷‍♂️??? Not 100% certain about that, or for how long/often you need to run the engine to keep the battery charged. Hopefully someone that knows more about that can give you a more concrete answer.

Gotcha. I thought everything was hooked up to the truck’s battery.

How long does an APU usually last? And do they charge when you start driving 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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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An APU runs off the same fuel source as your truck. As long as you have fuel in your tanks it will run the APU. Think of it like a back up generator for a house. No need to charge it. It's the APU that keeps your battery charged😁 and it only runs when the truck's engine is off.

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.

dirtydeeds's Comment
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An APU runs off the same fuel source as your truck. As long as you have fuel in your tanks it will run the APU. Think of it like a back up generator for a house. No need to charge it. It's the APU that keeps your battery charged😁 and it only runs when the truck's engine is off.

This is super helpful. Thanks! Guess I don’t have to worry about my gaming setup shutting off randomly haha. Appreciate the info!

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.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Ive also read about 5g hotspots and such, anyway to get enough bandwith or speed to game online?

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Purple Duck's Comment
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I am an avid gamer, to qualify that I have a gaming computer at home, a ps4, an xbone, wii, wii plus, a switch, a switch lite, and a lot of nice accessories to go along with them.

My setup on the road: a 2000 watt inverter, my xbone, and a gaems vanguard (very nice portable case with built in TV. My inverter powers all of it without complaint easily. I idle my truck when I'm gaming to keep up the batteries.

APU's come in different varieties there are ones that are small diesel engines that provide power (either in the form of an outlet or an inverter) and usually heat and ac as well as units that are essentially just battery banks that the truck charges while it is running that provide power to an electric heater and ac unit they tend to last for several hours and if properly installed the truck will auto start to charge them up or it will shut off the power to keep from killing the batteries for starting the truck.

If you work for a company that doesn't allow idling and doesn't have an apu on the truck (you might consider a change of companies) your battery life isn't gonna be more than an hour or so unfortunately.

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.

APU's:

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.

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