Fleet Challenges

The current state of the economy has taken its toll on many industries. The reason for
this is likely tied up in the toll it has taken on fleets across the country. With the dramatic
increases in inflation, fuel, equipment, and labor costs, companies are struggling to keep up.
This is forcing a higher cost onto the consumer directly for just about every good and service
across the board. This is unlikely to settle for quite some time. Manufacturer delays are so
common now that fleets have been forced to focus on preventative maintenance as their top
priority.
Maintenance costs were down in the year 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic. As things
started reopening and customers started placing more orders, maintenance costs increased in
2021. Now that we are halfway through 2022 we are seeing even greater maintenance costs
across the board. There has been a 20.4% increase in repair costs since the year 2020 just to
2022. This is more than a little inflation that companies could have anticipated. In order to help
get in front of the small problems that could exist and in order to prevent them becoming large
maintenance items, companies are now recommended to check their APUs more often than
ever. APUs help reduce idling with can help to prevent large maintenance items in the long-run.
Repairs have become so costly that they are now placed in order of priority. Repairs that
are a safety concern are taken care of immediately. Drivers need to be kept safe while on the
road at all times in order to protect themselves and others. Repairs that impact the reliability of
the vehicle are next in line. Finally, convenience items are taken care of last. If you are worried
about the ongoing maintenance of your fleet, we highly recommend taking the preventative
maintenance approach.mechanic

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Rising Diesel Prices

This month the average diesel prices has risen to a record high of $5.473. This is a huge
jump in prices just from last month when the national average was less than $4.00. These diesel
increases are devastating for freight transportation companies that require fuel. Many diesel
trucks are paying close to $2,000 every time they fill up. With prices this high many companies
will be forced out of business as the cost to fill the tank has simply eaten away at any potential
profits. While an APU can help reduce some costs it cannot entirely eliminate the need for
diesel when it comes to freight.
Nearly 70% of freight is transported via truck. What this means is that if the companies
do survive these massive price increases the cost will be put off onto the consumer. Increasing
diesel costs have already contributed to the massive increase in inflation over the last year.
However, predictions are that consumers have not yet seen the worst of it as diesel is expected
to keep rising. The initial increase in diesel prices were due to the ban on Russian oil. While the
United States only receives a small percentage of its oil from Russia we are still trading in a
Global Market. After a major crisis occurs, oil prices tend to shoot up but take a significant
amount of time to come back down.
Consumers can expect to pay more for nearly all commodities across the board.
Everything from groceries, building supplies, and online ordering all come via trucks. If we
cannot get the cost of diesel down soon not only will businesses go under but consumers will
not be able to afford their current lifestyles. We hope APUs help offset some costs for freight
trucks, but we know this high cost of diesel is simply not sustainable.

 

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How Do APU’s Work?

With gas prices skyrocketing you may have noticed a significant increase in your
monthly bills both personally and in your fleet. It is no surprise that the high gas prices have put
a strain on truck drivers. Luckily, APUs act as a secondary energy source for semi-trucks. This
secondary energy source allows for the heating and cooling of the interior of the truck cab. In
fact, anti-idling laws have even made it illegal for trucks to sit idling. This would mean that a
truck driver would be forced to turn off all power to their cab and be without heat, air, or any
electricity. This would mean that truck drivers could not survive out on the road – at least not
within their own cabs. This would increase hotel stays and overall expenses for fleet
management to unmanageable levels.
APUs can be powered by a few different sources. First, an APU for sale can be powered
by electricity. These APUs work by operating through cell batteries. They can vary by the size of
the vehicle and how often they need to be changed really varies dependent upon how often
the APU is used. Electric APUs require little to no annual maintenance. Auxiliary power units
can also be powered by combustion provided that fuel is available. This type of APU does
require annual maintenance. A diesel powered APU for sale can last a significant distance but
does require fuel. However, you will get more out of the diesel powered engine than what you
put into it.
Of course the biggest advantage to consider with an APU is the environmental benefits.
APUs help to save the planet by reducing emissions into the environment. Idling for even a
short period of time releases harmful emission into the air that we all breathe.gas

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The History of Thermo King Corporation

Thermo King Parts are now synonymous in the world of APU’s as one of the top carriers
and quality parts. But how did they come to be? Thermo King Corporation is an American
Manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for trucks, trailers, and shipboard
containers. They now develop TriPac hybrid auxiliary idle reduction and temperature
management systems for truck cabs. This is likely how you know of them today. Headquartered
in Minneapolis they are a proud American company.
In the beginning Joe Numero partnered with engineer Fredrick Jones and formed what is
now Thermo King. They developed a cooling unit for trucks that were carrying perishable food.
They were able to patent this development in 1940. After that was established, they were then
challenged to create a refrigerated truck and Thermo King was born. Refrigerated transport
changed the way the entire food industry operated. Thermo King’s most recent invention is the
development of the TriPac hybrid auxiliary idle reduction and temperature management system
which eliminates the need for a truck engine to idle while still providing heating and cooling to
the truck cab.
Just like refrigerated trucks forever changed the food industry, the TriPac hybridapuauxillary idle reduction and temperature management system forever changed the trucking
industry. If you are in need of Thermo King Parts, our APU Center would be happy to help you
find exactly what it is you are looking for. We can help guide you to new products as well as
help you restore any problematic existing parts that you may already have.

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How Harmful Is Idling?

There are now 29 states with active idling law regulations in place. These laws are in
place for good reason, as idling for 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more CO2 than
restarting your engine does! Over time and with an excessive number of vehicles on the road,
these emissions can wreak havoc on the environment. Running vehicles emit significant CO2
which is a colorless and odorless gas. What happens to the environment when more and more
CO2 is emitted is that heat becomes trapped. This is called the enhanced greenhouse effect.
Over time this can dramatically alter the earth’s climate.
Vehicles also produce volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and oxides of
nitrogen. All of these gases are toxic and when produced in abundance are extremely harmful
to the environment. Something to consider when running a fleet of vehicles that may be idling
is the health of the drivers. The drivers have direct exposure to all of these harmful chemical
day after day while on the job. This can cause long-term health problems and increase costs for
your business, not to mention you want to protect your drivers at all cost.
Luckily, APU Center has an abundance of solutions that will not only save the health of
your drivers, but it will help save your bottom line as well. If you need assistance on selecting
the right APU for your fleet of vehicles we are happy to help. We have cost-saving solution tools
that will help you realize your total cost savings by making the switch. The best benefit to APU
usage is the health of the environment and the health of your drivers. It can be an initial
investment to your company upfront but will save you significantly long-term and the payback
happens quickly.idling

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Rigmaster Models

Since 1993 Rigmaster has been offering anti-idling solutions. They offer
several different models depending on the needs of your fleet. If you are researching
Rigmaster models and have any questions, we would be happy to help. We
understand what a large investment the Rigmaster is in the future of your fleet and
want you to feel good about your selection. The complete stand-alone generator can
run all night on what an idling engine would run in just two hours. We even offer
cost-savings calculators that will allow you to see the long-term benefits of
purchasing a new Rigmaster.
The Generator Model is a self contained stand-alone model with an EPA
approved Kohler engine. This model has multiple auto start features and an
alternator with 60 amps for battery charging. The Invertor model is also a
completely self-contained stand-alone unit with an EPA approved Kohler engine
with multiple auto start features. However the alternator has 70 amps for battery
charging. Both of these models have the same heating and cooling capabilities with
24,000 BTU for air conditioning and 13,500 BTU for heating. The generator model
dimensions are 25D x 25W x 28.5H. The invertor model dimensions are 25D x 21W
x 28H. The generator model is able to fit on short wheel base trucks.
Rigmaster also offers custom auxiliary power packs that allow for cab
heating and cooling as well as charging. Air conditioning is also available in these
models. Smart alternators and generators are also available as well as special
requests can be made. If you are curious about the right fit for your fleet our team of
trained professionals here at the APU center would be happy to help. We are well
versed in the Rigmaster product and even know how to help maintain and repair
your units as well.

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What Are Idling Laws?

Idling laws are necessary for the better good of the environment. There are
now 29 states that have adopted idling laws. What is idling exactly? Idling is the
process in which you run your engine while the vehicle is stationary. Idling actually
accounts for over 6 billion gallons of fuel into the air every year! This is an
incredible amount of waste. Our environment across the globe would benefit greatly
from a reduction in idling emissions not to mention the fuel cost savings. Enter the
evolution of the APU, the auxiliary power unit! This specialty device is created with
idling emissions in mind!
The increase in exhaust into the environment can lead to asthma, cancer,
cardiac disease, and various other health concerns. Lowering idling emissions
through the use of an APU is beneficial on so many levels. In fact, as many as three
times as many people die from air pollution related illnesses than car accidents
every year. Everyday consumers idle without even realizing it, for example in the
school car pick up line or in the drive through line as well. Truck drivers idle on a
more necessary basis for regulating the cabin temperature or charging important
devices. Idling laws typically limit idling for 3-5 minutes for most states. This is
where the APU becomes necessary for truck drivers. The use of an APU allows truck
drivers the ability to still use their main cabin without idling.apu
Many states are offering grants, loans, and even tax credits for adopting idle
reduction technologies like APUs. We are happy to help make sure that you find the
appropriate APU for your vehicle and can help maintain and manage all APUs for
your entire fleet if necessary. We look forward to helping you save money and
reduce idling emissions into the environment.

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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
engine.
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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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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