Maintaining Your APU

The Thermo King APU price averages about $8,000 dollars. While this initial
investment may sound overwhelming when you are purchasing several units for a
large fleet, the return on your investment is nearly immediate. You are paying for
the value of low maintenance and long-term durability in a quality product. Not only
will the product itself withstand the test of time it will provide numerous cost saving
benefits along the way. APUs are battery based power systems that can operate your
fleets systems without running the engine. This allows the drivers all the heating,
cooling, and technology comforts of home without the wear and tear on the vehicle’sapu
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APU’s require no fuel consumption, no idling, and give off zero noise. There is
also the added environment benefit of no related engine emissions due to idling. The
maintenance required on an APU is very minimal particularly when compared to the
maintenance required on an engine. There are no oil changes or expensive
replacements. The biggest maintenance that you will want to be aware of is that the
battery will need to be changed out roughly every 24-36 months depending on
usage. When referring to a vehicle it is quite common to refer to everything in
mileage. However, when referring to usage of an APU it is referred to in terms of
hours of usage. For example, every 2,000 hours you will want to change the fluids,
hoses, clamps and valves. This can cost around $800. This is still significantly less
than any engine maintenance.
If we can help you determine a fair Thermo King APU price or maintain your
existing APU we would be happy to help. Our team of trained professionals are here
to help advise you on the right decision for your fleet. We also encourage you to visit
our cost savings calculator to determine your long-term benefits.

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The Evolution of the APU

Auxiliary Power Units have been around for quite a long time, but it has taken hundreds of years to get to the APU for sale that you see today! You can’t beat the luxuries that APU’s are able to offer drivers and cost-savings they offer fleet management. But where did it all begin? During WWI, the British Coastal class blimps carried a 1.75 horsepower auxiliary engine. This engine powered a generator for a radio transmitter. The auxiliary engine could power the air blower in an emergency as well. One of the first military fixed-wing aircrafts to use an APU was the British aircraft named Supermarine Nighthawk. 

During WWII many American military aircrafts were now carrying APUs. These units became known as “putt-putts.” The putt-putt provided power for starting the main engines and was used until the aircraft reached 10,000 feet in the air. The putt-putt was also restarted when the plane prepared to descend for a safe landing. The first German jet engines in WWII used an APU starting system. This system was designed by Norber Riedel and had a 10 horsepower, 2-stroke flat engine hidden in the intake diverter. This was an excellent example of future auxiliary power units for starting a jet engine. 

The Boeing 727 in 1963 was the first jetliner to feature a gas turbine APU which allowed the aircraft to operate out of a smaller airport. It is important not to take for granted the increased technology we have readily available at our fingertips today. We have many options when it comes to an APU for sale that will save thousands in dollars as well as improve the comfort of every driver on the road. If you have any questions about our APUs for sale we would be happy to help.

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Welcome to The APU Center

Welcome to the APU Center where we care just as much about your drivers and fleet of vehicles are you do! We specialize in all things related to driver comfort while idling or on the road. We understand the struggle to maintain current idling laws while resisting excessive wear and tear on your fleet. While idling laws are regularly changing, the current law states that drivers must have 10 hours of rest for every 11 hours of driving. During this rest time drivers do just that – rest! However, drivers need to do more than just rest during their downtime. Drivers need the ability to eat, charge their phones, possibly use a computer, and take care of regular every day tasks. This is where the APU Center is here to help. 

Here are the APU Center we specialize in the service, repair, sales and purchasing of new, used, and refurbished APUs and their parts. We also sell and repair generators and inverters as well as other trucking comfort items. We understand how difficult it can be for drivers to be on the road long hours and we want to bring as many comforts of home with them as possible. This can help retain good employees and improve overall job satisfaction. However, this can put excess strain on your fleet as well by having all the comforts of home out on the road. Our top of the line APUs allow truckers to idle for hours without placing extra strain on the engine which saves countless hours of wear and tear on the engine and overall vehicle. 

Your drivers will no longer need to worry about how long they are idling whether it be to use the heat in the winter, the air conditioning in the summer or simply to charge their cell phones to call their family’s our APUs are here to save the day. If you need help finding the best new or used APU for your fleet give us a call and we would be happy to help.

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A New Evolution in Auxiliary Power Units

The newest TriPac APU is taking auxiliary power units to the next level. There are increased benefits like never before with this new and improved, enhanced technology on board. The TriPac auxiliary power unit has unrivaled performance and meets Tier IV EPA final regulations. This unit is also able to respond to and anticipate evolving customer needs. The techonology on board these units is truly unprecedented and the benefits are seemingly endless. Below outlines a few of the most prevalent TriPac APU features. 

 

  • Maximum Driver Comfort: Sustaining maximum driver comfort is essential to having a well-rested and safe driver. Drivers are often away from home for prolonged periods of time and allowing them the utmost comfort will not only improve employee retention but also help keep our roads as safe as possible! The TriPac APU allows virtually unlimited heating and cooling as well as the ability to run appliances. These features allow drivers all the comforts of home while on the road.

 

  • Fuel Savings: The TriPac APU can reduce fuel costs by up to 2,500 gallons a year. See our cost savings calculator for specific fuel cost savings.

 

  • Reduced Idling: Running the engine idle to provide cab power for the drivers’ comfort causes excess wear and tear on the engine. This can cause unnecessary damage and increase maintenance costs significantly. This new and improved APU allows for no idling and improved cab function. 

 

If you have any questions regarding the TriPac APU or any other auxiliary power unit we would be happy to help. Our full-service location is able to repair and replace existing APUs as well as offer you the latest and greatest in new technologies. Not sure which is the best fit for your fleet? Just give us a call – we’re here to help!

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Standalone Truck Mounted APU

The RigMaster APU is the ultimate stand-alone generator. There are many benefits to using a RigMaster APU for your commercial lines. You will not regret using this top of the line unit. Luckily we have a cost savings calculator on our website that will point out the specific savings that your company will receive when using a RigMaster APU. Below are a few specific benefits to the RigMaster APU Generator.

Length of Use: The RigMaster has the ability to stay running for 12+ hours in comparison to what a standard truck engine would burn in only two hours time. For this reason alone your company will save significantly on fuel and operating costs. Again, you can see the specifics for your situation using our Cost Savings Calculator.
Climate Control: The RigMaster also has the ability to automatically control the cab climate. There are also controls within the cab that make this function easy to use.
Environmentally Friendly: RigMaster is committed to providing a product that is beneficial to the environment. You can rest assured that you are not only reducing your costs but also reducing pollution and helping to protect the environment.

APU Center is skilled and trained in not only selling you the best APU for your company but repairing APU’s as they wear down over time as well. If you need help selecting the best option for your company please feel free to reach out to our team at any time to discuss what would be the best fit. If you also are curious if your current APU can be repaired and refurbished we would be happy to take a look. We’re often able to offer discounts off of our RigMaster APU’s and other models as well. Check back on our website regularly for updated products and pricing.

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Cost Saving Specialists

Both of our top producing models of both Dynasys and Carrier APU products are designed to savie you money every time they are in use. If you have been curious exactly how much money they will save you please visit our uniquely designed cost savings calculator here, http://apucenter.com/fleet-savings/. Here you can find the exact breakdown of how and where you will exactly save a certain dollar amount. We are proud to offer new, used as well as refurbished Dynasys and Carrier APU products. 

 

Both brands have similar benefits in that they are intelligently designed and energy efficient – saving you even more money!  If you need help selecting the right model for your team please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our skilled team of experts would be happy to help you find the perfect match. All of our models are also easy to maintain and offer fuel savings benefits in the long term. 

 

Not sure where to start? We recommend browsing the makes and models on our website that are updated daily. We are constantly reviewing and maintaining our inventory to be as up-to-date as possible for our customers both new and repeat. We are here to help you through the lifetime of owning your APU as we offer ongoing maintenance and repair services as well. If you find you need any kind of service repairs please just return to us for updates. Our technicians are experts at bringing your APU’s back to life in most any condition yspecialistou may have. 

 

Give us a call today to discuss what options and services might be the best for your unique situation. We’re always happy to help.

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Caring for your Tires

Your tires are one of the main elements of your vehicle as they are what allows you to reach each destination. When it comes to maintaining your tires, here are a few tips that will help you to stay safe on the road. 

 

Have the right tires: Although it may sound basic, with so many different tires on the market, having the right one will make all the difference. Considering the load carry capacity, size, elements that may occur along the routes, etc are all factors that should be considered. Keeping up with regular maintenance and inspections assist in keeping high performance and safety.

 

Watch your speed: When you have found the right tire for your truck, make sure to have a clear understanding of the maximum speed rating. This is the number that drivers should go by, not necessarily what the highway speed limits are. Tire related accidents and dangers to the public can be avoided by drivers watching their speed, especially when sharing the road with other drivers. 

 

Tire Inspection: Drivers need to be hands on with every part of their truck and understand as much of it as possible. Tires need to be inspected for cuts, cracks, flat spotting and more. Although it may take time, doing this routinely will help keep you and others safe on the road.

 

Cold Inflation: Maintaining an even weight distribution can be difficult during changing weather conditions. Since tires change with cold and hot weather, they need to be checked during temperature fluctuations. Without the right inflation, tires can experience heavy tread damage which can only cause further problems. Experts say that cold inflation pressure is most accurately measured when tires have been parked for a minimum of three hours which gives the tires a chance to adjust resulting in the most accurate reading. 

 

Making sure that your truck is running at peak efficiency is what we do best. We offer new and refurbished APU’s both online and at our storefront which saves you time and money while on the road. We also carry evolution parts in our extensive inventory.

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Staying Safe on the Road

 

Driving always presents risk and when you are driving a 18 wheel semi truck or other large vehicle, it becomes even more important. Here are some of our top tips for drivers of any age and experience level that will hopefully help keep you safe on the road.

 

The Buffer Zone- As truck drivers we have the advantage of being significantly higher in the air in comparison to the average vehicle. The height is an advantage in being able to see what is ahead on the road. What you want to see in front of you is absolutely nothing, you want to leave plenty of space in front of your rig which may mean that you are only going 50 mph, but being patient is what will keep you out of trouble. Having space means you have room to break and avoid joining any accidents that may occur in front of you. 

 

Delivery Check- Prior to making a delivery in an unfamiliar area, find a space to park outside of the location and walk around it first. This allows you to take in any potential obstacle that may be unexpected including fire hydrants, ditches, light posts etc. You know your truck the best and will be able to determine what is the best way to get in and out of the area. 

 

Rain, Snow, Hail, Sun-  Driving is not only about being aware of the other cars on the road, it also applies to knowing the weather. Not only does it give you an idea of what the roads might be like, but it also allows you to mentally prepare for the road ahead. Different conditions may require you to pull to the side sooner than you expected for your own safety and that of your cargo. 

Being safe on the road is the number one goal for truck drivers. When it comes to saving money, there is no better way to cut down on fuel costs than through using an APU. Stop on by our shop and have your APU installed or serviced by one of our experienced technicians. We have a large selection of Thermo King parts and can also ship parts across the country.

 

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3 of the Longest Trucking Routes in the USA

Being a trucker comes with its own set of responsibilities and requirements but those that do long haul trucking are in their own category. These folks operate and take care of heavy trucks and also live life on the road. Here we are looking at several of the longest routes that long haul truckers take in the USA.

 

Interstate 90 has the unique characteristic of being the longest interstate freeway in the United States. Starting in Seattle, Washington, this route crosses into states like Montana, South Dakota, and Pennsylvania before ending in Boston, Massachusetts. Of course, you can always go the other way and start in Boston. To complete this route, drivers travel a total of about 3,020 mile. Along the way drivers will cross 2 famous floating bridges, the Homer Hadley Memorial Bridge and the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge in Washington.

 

Also ending or starting in Boston is the “Big Daddy” of roads. At a total of 3,365 miles, Boston to Newport, Oregon has a lot to see during the drive on Route 20. Along with beautiful views of nature, this coast to coast road is the longest highway in the nation. It is a road that is not only taken by truckers but also by those folks that love a hardcore road trip.

Living life on the road can be an isolating experience but the road on Route 50 has been labeled “the loneliest route in America,” and was given the title in 1986. Not much has changed since then and the route has long stretches of little to no people living in the areas that drivers cross. From Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California, the roughly 3,010 miles is scenic for those that appreciate silence and peacefulness of the road.

However long you spend on the road, having the right APU can make a difference. We carry brands like Dynasys and Thermo King APUs to serve you while you are on the road. Stop idling and start saving time and money with the right APU for your truck.

 

 

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Diesel vs Electric APUs

When it comes to choosing the right APU for your truck, there are a variety of factors to consider. You have already made the most important choice of installing an APU into your truck, which will save you time and money on the road. Determining if you are going to use a diesel or electric APU is the next step in the process. Here is a brief breakdown of both types so that you have a better understanding and can make the most informed decision depending on the type of trucking you do.

 

Diesel APUs are ideal for drivers who spend the majority of their time in either areas that are very cold or areas that are very hot. They are run by a small diesel engine that runs with the rest of your truck. They have more power than their electric counterparts and can therefore generally last longer than 10 hours, allowing for maximum rest time for drivers. More power also means that more electric parts can run while the truck is powered down without the fear of the APU running out of steam. On the downside, they require more preventative maintenance and more specific knowledge. The maintenance for a diesel APU needs to be kept up to avoid nasty consequences. They also need belt and oil changes to run at maximum efficiency.

 

On the other hand, electric APUs were designed for a different driver in mind. A driver who only spends a few nights in a row on the road may prefer an electric APU. This form was designed for moderate temperatures and for drivers who have the ability and time to recharge their APUs at home. While they may not require much additional maintenance, they still need batteries and an understanding of energy efficiency to make the most out of each charge.

 

Regardless of which type of APU you choose, just having one will make your job easier. Less idle time is not only better on fuel costs, but also on taking care of the truck in the long run. We carry parts for Thermo King APUs as part of our commitment to keeping you safe on the road.

 

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