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Long Haul Trucks Should Have a Battery-Powered APU

As a truck driver, you are always trying to save fuel and conserve energy in your truck. Every bit of fuel counts when driving for long periods at a time. What if your truck’s horsepower engine could automatically sense that you no longer need power to the drivetrain and will reduce power to just the cab and sleeper? This is possible if you install a battery-powered APU.

A battery-powered Auxiliary Power Unit is encouraged for driving long trips or across the country. The APU captures energy produced by the truck engine alternator and stores it in an independent battery bank which is powered by a battery. After the engine is shut off, the stored energy can be used to:

  • Keep the engine warm
  • Power 120v devices like televisions, microwaves, and other daily necessities
  • Power A/C and heating throughout your truck

 

APU Center sells new, used and refurbished auxiliary power units and battery-powered units including their parts. Buy a brand name APU from our eBay store, then come pick up your unit at our store and we’ll install it for you. So if you’re ready to start saving energy and fuel cost, then give us a call today and we can help you find which APU will work best for your truck.

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Idling Laws at a Glance

Idling laws vary by state and a majority of the time, because of these laws, truck companies end up spending loads of money. But first, what is idling you ask? Vehicle idling happens when a vehicle is left running when it’s still in park. Did you know that idling can use up to a gallon of fuel within an hour’s time? Idling also increases the carbon footprint, therefore, the idling laws came about. In California, the maximum idling time is 5 minutes with a fine minimum of $50, while in Colorado, the maximum idling time is 5 minutes within any 1 hour with a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or 1 year imprisonment.

Map showing idling laws by state

Truck companies suffer and pay the most money for these idling fines when owners don’t invest in APUs for trucks. Having a generator for every truck a fleet company has is important due to the fact that an APU allows drivers to turn off their engines and still enjoy the comforts of utilities that require the engine to be in order to still operate. By investing in an APU generator, truck companies no longer have to worry about idling laws and they’re saving money on fuel as well.

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New Year, New E-Logs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration turned the trucking industry on its head in December of 2015. The final ELD rule now requires electronic logging (a.k.a e-logs) devices for trucks with a 2000 or newer model year. As of December 17th, this is something interstate truck drivers must do. Although this is a drastic change that may help trucking companies in the long run, with new ventures comes preparation.

With 2018 being just around the corner, a great way to make sure your drivers have an easy E-log transition is to secure a new or used APU generator for trucks. If you’re familiar with APUs then you know that it allows drivers to stay comfortable during idling times. According to truckinginfo.com,

“the most common mistake fleets make when adopting ELDs is trying to do it too quickly…It takes time to select a good system that is a match for your fleet, develop the compliance culture necessary to operate in the electronic logging universe, train everyone in how to use the system, and roll it out in an orderly fashion.”

If you haven’t at least looked into investing in some new APU generators, we highly suggest doing so now that the ELD rule is in full swing.

 

For affordable and reliable APU for trucks, be sure to visit our ebay store via our homepage.

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Why Truck Companies Need to Conserve Fuel

Truck driving is expensive within itself, especially when a majority of truck companies’ vehicles are traveling cross country. But how do you give drivers their comfort while driving without compromising luxuries such as heat, air conditioning, cooking and even watch T.V during their long trips, while also saving costs on fuel? Did you know there’s a way for drivers to still have their luxuries and keep their engine off? APU generators for trucks is the key and have proven to be money savers in the trucking industry for some time now.

However, it can be quite a task to find a budget friendly APU that lasts for years to come. Luckily, just like everything else in this world that you can find refurbished for a good price, it’s possible to find a used APU for sale.

At APU Center, We pride ourselves in having budget friendly Quality APU’s from brands like Thermo King Tripac, Thermo King Evolution, Rigmaster Power, Dynasys APU, Carrier APU, HP2000 APU, CCS Lightning, Cummins Comfort Guard APU, and some other brands as well. These Used/Reconditioned Apu’s reduce fuel and operating cost of any truck and can provide house power for appliances. With our APUs, within a year you can save enough fuel that the cost pays for itself, And stay comfortable all year round.

Learn more about idling laws via our homepage and contact us with any questions you may have.

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