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Ynkedad's Comment
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I just asked a recruiter about APU'S in their trucks and was told that they're doing away with them. The recruiter stated that they're too costly. Say's they're going to an Optimized Idling system that'll automatically start the truck when needed. What I failed to ask was, if the driver's comfort level fell into the "when needed" category.

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.

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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I just asked a recruiter about APU'S in their trucks and was told that they're doing away with them. The recruiter stated that they're too costly. Say's they're going to an Optimized Idling system that'll automatically start the truck when needed. What I failed to ask was, if the driver's comfort level fell into the "when needed" category.

What about no idling Laws and are they okay with the amount of Fuel they will waste. Sure the unit itself is costly but it makes up for it in fuel savings and driver turnover rate.

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.

David's Comment
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Not sure on Werner, Guy would probably no more but I know GTI (my comp) is starting to get a different set up. Not exactly sure what it intailes, but it auto starts the truck to recharge battery system and then shuts off, still giving driver comfort with heat and ac when needed. Heartland Express has it in their trucks and now that both companys are the same, everything is changing to Heartland.

Karl A.'s Comment
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SO they are removing the APUs and replacing them with a system where the engine stays off? How could you run an inverter if they do this without draining the battery?

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.

Colleen W.'s Comment
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Hamsters on wheels

Ynkedad's Comment
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I spoke with the recruiter again.

I asked if the system would start the truck, with regards to the comfort levels w/in the cab? The recruiter said it'll kick on at a certain temp.

When I asked what that temp might be? The recruiter didn't know off the top of his/her head but, said it wouldn't allow you to Freeze or Roast.

Ynkedad's Comment
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SO they are removing the APUs and replacing them with a system where the engine stays off? How could you run an inverter if they do this without draining the battery?

They way It was told to me was, The system would sense when the batteries were getting too low and start the truck. And the system would start the truck when the comfort level needed adjusting w/in the cab, so that you won't freeze or roast.

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.

Karl A.'s Comment
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Well it could be worse haha.. I wonder how long till it's like "computer turn on truck" and the AI is all like "Good morning driver, you have ...... " I have read some articles that say truck drivers could be obsolete in the future

Matt S.'s Comment
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Doesn't starting and stopping a diesel simply as optimized idling place extra wear and tear on it? Please correct me if I am wrong .... I was also under the impression that the APU serves to keep the engine block a little warmer and thus allowing better circulation of the engine oil and reducing the wear (and pollution.) Also, doesn't an engine perform better at operating temperature than too cold? So, in theory the APU should actually help reduce costs.

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Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Sure the unit itself is costly but it makes up for it in fuel savings and driver turnover rate.

If that were the case then every truck in America would have an APU , right?

I have read some articles that say truck drivers could be obsolete in the future

We're still driving cars with gas-burning V8 engines and AOL is still a gigantic company with millions of users. Things do not become obsolete nearly as quickly as they could. No worries for many decades you can be sure.

Listen, the whole APU thing is always blown way out of proportion. I drove for 15 years and never had one. I idled when I needed to in order to be comfortable. If companies have idling policies they're usually not worth worrying too much about. You might get a tiny bonus if you idle a very small amount but there's no reason to freeze or fry out there with or without an APU. So don't sweat it too much.

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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