Auxiliary Power Units

Sleeper Berths Implemented to Eradicate Sleep Deprived Drivers

We campaign for the hardworking commercial driver. Thus, our products and services revolve around the safety of these tough, hard-knock drivers. It’s not only the trucks and engines that experience wear and tear.  The drivers behind the wheel are usually exhausting all of their energy to transport various loads across state lines. Sleep plays an indispensable role in a driver’s physical and mental health. And, it’s something that gets overlooked frequently. Because of this, laws for sleeper berths have been put in place to help eradicate sleep deprivation.

 

What are sleeper berths?

A sleeper berth is a small bed on a long-distance truck available for a driver to sleep and take a break. Essentially, all commercial drivers should know the deal. First, you can’t drive for more than 14 hours in a 24-hour period. And, drivers can only drive a maximum of 11 hours after being off-duty for 10 consecutive hours. Having a sleeper berth is essential for long-haul drivers. Under current regulation, drivers can use the sleeper berth during the 10-hour break they need to have. However, they just can’t drive within that period. Sleep being so important, most drivers should use their break for that. With new rules, a driver must spend at least 8 hours in the sleeper berth.

 

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The Need for Auxiliary Power Units in School Buses

The reduction of idling times is a crucial component when discussing long-haul trucks and semis. But another area where this is important is when discussing school buses. The benefits of installing auxiliary power units in school buses are tenfold. Not only do you save gas, money, and energy – you also keep children safe from inhaling toxic fumes that come from idling. There are several situations where school bus drivers must wait for extended periods of times. Therefore, it’s crucial that an APU is installed to reduce unnecessary idling.

Save gas, money, and energy.

When waiting at bus stops, at school when it’s the end of the day, or during sports games – school bus drivers often have to wait on students. If the school bus were to remain idling during these times, it would cost the school district copious amounts of gas and money to keep the bus up and running. Luckily, with APUs, basic school bus functions like air conditioner, radio, and door functionality can still work without burning fuel.

Protect young lungs.

Children’s lungs are still in the developmental phases when they are around school buses – even well into high school. Inhaling the fumes from idling fuel burning would be detrimental to the development of their lungs. This could lead to harmful results in the future.

If you are a member of a school district looking to make the important jump to installing only auxiliary power units in school buses, we can help with the purchase and installation. Get in touch today.

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Idling Trucks Engines vs. Running an APU. Which Works Better For You?

As a trucker or being in the fleet industry, you must have come across some discussions like, “idling truck engine vs running an APU”. In this article, we will discuss the same. In order to get into a valid discussion, first, we need to know the exact situation that occurs in idling and running an APU.

Idling is a state in which, the engine runs but there is no movement of the truck. But, running an APU stops the engine and keeps the other electrical functions active. Now, let us compare both the situations.

In idling engines, the engine runs and there is some fuel consumption. But, APUs are available in fuel and electric variants. Even though you are using a fuel consuming APU, the fuel consumed is low as compared to the idling truck engine.

Here, the APU can be a better choice. The same applies to the wear and tear of the engine and its maintenance cost. When the engine is idling, it is still working. Therefore, there will be more maintenance cost and wear and tear. Thus, it is better to use an APU instead of idling. APU Center provides many high-quality APU products for trucks. You can pick the one best for your needs.

 

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Why APUs are Necessary for Your Trucking Company

  • Less maintenance
  • Save energy
  • Conserve fuel
  • Compact design
  • Up to a 5 year warranty

 

That’s what APUs for trucks can do for trucking companies and their drivers. The maintenance for trucks, especially the wide loads, can be very expensive in order to keep one intact for a good amount of time and that’s where APU units for trucks come into play. Idling laws change without a moment’s notice, so it’s important to stay informed and have an APU while also keeping it up to date.

In recent years, idling laws have cost trucking companies tons of money due to fines. Idling law requires 10 hours of rest to every 11 hours of driving. During down time, drivers often leave their trucks idling, which can easily cause unnecessary costs due to wasting fuel and wear and tear on the engine. That’s no good. Per worktruckonline.com,

“APUs enable truck fleets to substantially reduce fuel costs while still powering the amenities and tools drivers and crews need to perform their jobs most productively.”

 

On the flip side, APUs can be very expensive. Truck owners shouldn’t have to spend a ton of cash on something that trucks need. The APU center specializes in selling and purchasing new and old APU generators. Our company has a great eBay page where truckers can find good quality used APUs for sale at affordable prices. Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have about the APUs we have for sale.

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