I Want To Drive At Night, I Want An APU, And I Live Between Stockton And Sacramento, What Companies Might I Want To Look Into As A Noob?

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Chris P.'s Comment
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I see Schneider has job listings for night driving, and they are in my area, but they don't have APUs. I want an APU because it's more environmentally friendly. I don't want to waste fuel idling the truck's engine, and I won't put up with cooking myself during the summer here in California.

Thanks.

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.

Chris P.'s Comment
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Oh yeah, and I don't really like that Schneider makes you wear boots. They're clunky when driving. I tried wearing boots when I was in school, and it didn't feel right. I suppose I can get used to them if Schneider ends up my only option.

Robsteeler's Comment
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I worked at Schneider and I had an APU. Who says they don’t have APU’s? As far as boots go, mine were never uncomfortable. Of course, I’m old school so I believe I’m wearing the proper gear for your job.

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.

Banks's Comment
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I don't know if roehl hires in your area, but I read in the APU/EPU thread that they use EPUs. EPUs use battery power while an APU uses diesel. They also have a reefer division and that's probably more night driving.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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

Epus:

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

Kandyman's Comment
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Look into Stevens Transport. Werner has a reefer division. With Stevens you can run at night if you choose to plan your runs that way. Roehl is another good choice as mentioned above. I was on a cdl job site and saw a few West coast reefer operations, not sure if they were Noob companies or not. I will get back to you on that. As for the boots you need good solid work shoes, non-skid most likely, and even steel toed possibly especially at shipper/receiver. Just dont wear flippy flops. Please. I promise not to go on a rant about wearing flippy flops.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

Kandyman's Comment
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My bad I thought I read you wanted to run reefer. sorry.gif Although a lot of reefer drivers prob run night due to varied appt times.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Bklyn Dreams's Comment
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Who says reefers run mostly nights? I run days mostly. I think Linehaul rookies mostly get the night runs. If you go with Schneider, try using Thorogood boots. Thorogood

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Oh yeah, and I don't really like that Schneider makes you wear boots. They're clunky when driving. I tried wearing boots when I was in school, and it didn't feel right. I suppose I can get used to them if Schneider ends up my only option.

Maybe wearing boots outside the truck at the customer but nobody can dictate what footwear, if any, you use while driving.

Chris P.'s Comment
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I worked at Schneider and I had an APU. Who says they don’t have APU’s? As far as boots go, mine were never uncomfortable. Of course, I’m old school so I believe I’m wearing the proper gear for your job.

A Schneider recruiter told me they don't.

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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You wouldn't need an APU if you're home everyday. Look into Linehaul , if you have to layover they put you in a nice hotel.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

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