Trucking Companies With APU

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HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Anyone know trucking companies with APU's installed?

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Best Answer!

Old School is dead on. Most companies do not have APU's and of the ones that still do, many of them are getting rid of them. The costs are not worth the savings. Just like automatic transmissions. They started becoming more and more common with the bigger companies but the costs and maintenance involved forced almost everyone to get rid of them.

I don't know why there's this sudden obsession over APU's but if drivers are telling you in other forums that they're forced to suffer the heat and cold and can't idle and all that - they're full of it. They may not get to idle every single second they're sitting, but they can most certainly idle when the temperatures outside warrant it.

You have to understand - truckers are famous complainers. I mean, some of the best I've ever come across. You listen to that CB out there and you'd swear to God everyone is being shackled with chains, poked with a hot iron, and forced to sleep naked in the snow for $5 a day in pay. So be careful what you believe.

If having an APU was a big deal, we'd certainly tell you to find a company that had them. But we're telling you they're not nearly as important as you've somehow come to believe.

And with the competition for drivers being what it is, if not having APU's was costing companies a lot of drivers, they'd have no choice but to get them or pay a ton of extra money to attract drivers.

And Old School has an excellent point about change being the only constant in trucking. The running joke has always been "If you don't like the company you drive for, wait a few months and it will be a whole different company." You'll soon see just how true that is. You may very well choose a company because they have APU's and within 3 months there won't be one left in the fleet.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Great Answer!

Safe Trucker, here's a good reason: it's a trucking company, they are known for changing their minds big time - they may realize all of a sudden, like many of them have already done, that these APUs are costing them way too much to maintain. When they do this, the next thing you know they are jerking them out of the trucks. Trucking companies are trying every way they can to squeeze a little lemonade out of a lemon, and they don't really care that you chose to drive for them because they had APUs.

Choosing a company mainly because of the creature comforts is one sure way to end up disappointed with your final choice. The one true constant in this industry is change, and those changes always come down from people who don't have a clue what the driver is going through in his day to day struggles.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Anyone know trucking companies with APU's installed?

Go to their websites. Most will tell you if they have APU's but you will have to go look it up.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, I'm not really sure either. I don't know of a list anywhere or anything like that.

APU's are ok to have but I wouldn't focus too much on that. I certainly wouldn't make that a top priority or one of the reasons I would choose a particular company over another. Even without an APU you'll be able to idle so that you're comfortable 95% of the time.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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.

G MAN's Comment
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Brett, you keep saying that you can idle, but in my current research, starter companies have a variety of strict idle policies that don't allow for unlimited idle, like in the good ol days! One such company even has a policy that makes you PAY them if you over idle! Which companies are you refering to that will allow you to idle? Thanks

G MAN

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Anyone know trucking companies with APU's installed?

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Go to their websites. Most will tell you if they have APU's but you will have to go look it up.

Listen here GUY, I have and I'm still looking they are hard to find. The only one I've found so far is Lessor. Please don't reply just to reply, at least state something useful. An APU is one of my many priorities because I'm a tech junky and need my PC non Laptop or Tablet for internet use. If I can get good miles with a company, get paid on time and have good benefits and they also happen to offer an APU. Why not choose them.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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.

Old School's Comment
member avatar
Great Answer!

Safe Trucker, here's a good reason: it's a trucking company, they are known for changing their minds big time - they may realize all of a sudden, like many of them have already done, that these APUs are costing them way too much to maintain. When they do this, the next thing you know they are jerking them out of the trucks. Trucking companies are trying every way they can to squeeze a little lemonade out of a lemon, and they don't really care that you chose to drive for them because they had APUs.

Choosing a company mainly because of the creature comforts is one sure way to end up disappointed with your final choice. The one true constant in this industry is change, and those changes always come down from people who don't have a clue what the driver is going through in his day to day struggles.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
member avatar
Best Answer!

Old School is dead on. Most companies do not have APU's and of the ones that still do, many of them are getting rid of them. The costs are not worth the savings. Just like automatic transmissions. They started becoming more and more common with the bigger companies but the costs and maintenance involved forced almost everyone to get rid of them.

I don't know why there's this sudden obsession over APU's but if drivers are telling you in other forums that they're forced to suffer the heat and cold and can't idle and all that - they're full of it. They may not get to idle every single second they're sitting, but they can most certainly idle when the temperatures outside warrant it.

You have to understand - truckers are famous complainers. I mean, some of the best I've ever come across. You listen to that CB out there and you'd swear to God everyone is being shackled with chains, poked with a hot iron, and forced to sleep naked in the snow for $5 a day in pay. So be careful what you believe.

If having an APU was a big deal, we'd certainly tell you to find a company that had them. But we're telling you they're not nearly as important as you've somehow come to believe.

And with the competition for drivers being what it is, if not having APU's was costing companies a lot of drivers, they'd have no choice but to get them or pay a ton of extra money to attract drivers.

And Old School has an excellent point about change being the only constant in trucking. The running joke has always been "If you don't like the company you drive for, wait a few months and it will be a whole different company." You'll soon see just how true that is. You may very well choose a company because they have APU's and within 3 months there won't be one left in the fleet.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Anyone know trucking companies with APU's installed?

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Go to their websites. Most will tell you if they have APU's but you will have to go look it up.

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Listen here GUY, I have and I'm still looking they are hard to find. The only one I've found so far is Lessor. Please don't reply just to reply, at least state something useful. An APU is one of my many priorities because I'm a tech junky and need my PC non Laptop or Tablet for internet use. If I can get good miles with a company, get paid on time and have good benefits and they also happen to offer an APU. Why not choose them.

I am sorry if my answer was not to your liking. What info we have here about companies come from their websites or by calling them. As has been said picking a company because of them having apu's is not priority for 99% of the drivers here therefore its not something we focus on and for someone looking for info we don't have we tell them all the time that they will need to look at their websites or call them to ask those type of questions.

So the answer I gave was not flippant or trying to be a butt. I was trying to tell you its not something that is important to us when choosing a company and I was directing you towards the people that would know the facts about their company.

Now if you were more specific with your question like "I don't want to look up the info if someone else has already done it...." Then I would have given you a much more "wordy" answer basically saying the same thing I have said in this post. But out of all those that responded to this post have said the same thing just in different ways.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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.

Fuddruckers's Comment
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Prime inc has apu's in every truck in their fleet, and good starting pay if you are just starting out.

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.

Corporal_Clegg's Comment
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Stevens Transport has APUs is the entire fleet, and no plans to do away with them. Like you Im a tech junkie and I wouldnt do without my APU.

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.

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