Questions About Inverters And Truck Companies

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R0adRa93's Comment
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I have a laptop that draws 300 watts. (it's a kick ass laptop) I need an inverter that will power it, a crockpot and a minifridge. Are you able to list the n00bie trucking companies that allow an inverter that would supply those appliances?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dutch's Comment
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You will need a medical reason to get yourself approved for a high wattage inverter. Being a diabetic can be a good excuse to require you to need a refrigerator, which will get you an inverter. Same deal with sleep apnea , because those machines need more wattage than the standard 300 to 400 watt inverters that most companies allow.

Once you get company approval, they will install the inverter for you free of charge. If you sneak and install one yourself, and the truck ends up catching on fire and burning to the ground, you will probably be done in the industry, at least for awhile.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brian M.'s Comment
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Prime installs 1800 watt inverters in every truck. No cost

Kenneth L.'s Comment
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I have a laptop that draws 300 watts. (it's a kick ass laptop) I need an inverter that will power it, a crockpot and a minifridge. Are you able to list the n00bie trucking companies that allow an inverter that would supply those appliances?

Been lurking a while, figured it was about time I contribute something. You need to look into Ozark Truck Lines. www.drive4ozark.com

Truck comes with a 1500 watt inverter under the bunk. All trucks (AFAIK) have an APU for Air conditioning, heating, and electric power to keep the batteries up. Only been here since April so I don't know a whole lot. But it seems to me, Ozark is one of the gems that get over-looked. I don't really know if it's a good thing to "let the cat out of the bag" just yet. But there it is.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Greenhorn Trucker's Comment
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From my research some companies will allow you to use inverters that plug into the 12v sockets since they are not hard wired to anything, and depending on the fridge wattage you could get away with 2 400watt, or the highest 12v model you can find, ones. The reason I am suggesting two is that the fridge will be on and off so it would be best to keep this on a separate one from the laptop, you could use this with the crockpot as well since those usually do not draw too much. I would also consider investing in surge protectors to protect your stuff also, while it should be fine there could be some surging through the line and better safe than sorry IMHO.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Eckoh's Comment
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I have an 800 watt one that plugs into the 12v however i cannot pull that much without blowing fuses. I have an 18 inch gaming laptop if i turn on both video cards it instantly blows fuses... tonight i melted the 12v plug trying to run both cards... it will be a 1 card computer until i move to crete which does allow inverters as long as you go though their shop

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

R0adRa93's Comment
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I have an 800 watt one that plugs into the 12v however i cannot pull that much without blowing fuses. I have an 18 inch gaming laptop if i turn on both video cards it instantly blows fuses... tonight i melted the 12v plug trying to run both cards... it will be a 1 card computer until i move to crete which does allow inverters as long as you go though their shop

oh man... I never go to the intel graphics card or even use one video card. Oh that's rough, that's why I am asking about inverters now so I don't sacrifice the power of my laptop I paid way too much for this beast to not enjoy it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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