APU information - anyone know about Power Cube brand?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Runnin, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Runnin

    Runnin Light Load Member

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    Anyone have any current information on "Power Cube" APU system.
    Sales guy pushing it and I know very little about them. Any drivers using one now ?
    Thanks in advance for your time and advice.
     
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  3. ml48603

    ml48603 Bobtail Member

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    The fuel consumption of an APU is much less than an engine idling for the same amount of time. You need to determine how much idle time you are using now.

    Calculate the cost of idle fuel per month, then calculate the APU's fuel usage per month for the same idle time, then subtract the two. Divide the cost of the APU installation by the dollars saved per month. If the payback period is reasonable to you than it might be worth getting an APU.

    I am trying to get hired on with a company that is using or moving toward APUs. Otherwise I will have to pay for the fuel to idle out of my own pocket if I want to stay warm or run my electric appliances on 10hr / 34hr periods and still meet the miles per gallon expectations of the company. At nearly $5/gallon that idle time will add up real fast on the meager wage a newbie like me is afforded.
     
  4. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

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    Which one is the power cube? I am familar with the new electric Tri-paks by Thermo King--is that what you mean?
     
  5. TruckerPete1990

    TruckerPete1990 Road Train Member

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    Ml48603 if ur company driver don't matter if they got an apu or not if so cool. If not idle the truck.
     
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    -insert name- ATM squishier

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    I know my APU is a carrier, 1-3 gallon every 12 hours from what they say.
     
  7. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    It's not just about $$$ saved per month, but how many miles it will take you to break even.
     
  8. TruckerSue

    TruckerSue Light Load Member

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    co tried that in my truck. Wouldn't cool off below 80 degrees or warm up over 35 degrees! so certified clean air idling is perfect for me. sleep like a baby in the truck even with the reefer going.:biggrin_25517:
     
  9. Runnin

    Runnin Light Load Member

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    Thanks all, I know what an APU is etc. What I was looking for was specifics
    on the brand "Power Cube". Am making the investment just trying to narrow
    down the field so to speak.
     
  10. lonelyswmtrucker

    lonelyswmtrucker Medium Load Member

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    how well does the carrier apu cool & heat? i'm looking @ a truck that has 1 & unsure of them. how often do they need to be serviced etc?
     
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    -insert name- ATM squishier

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    Mine is serviced every time the truck is down in the shop.

    How well it performs depends on who works on it and if they know what their doing. A/C went out, Boyd serviced had A/C that night before it went out. Hauled it to a Carrier, first thing he says when I said the blower just got replaced, "Yup, Boyd has no idea what the the hell they're doing.
     
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