Apu's in the new age

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  1. Wespipes

    Wespipes Heavy Load Member

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    Excuse the title. I didn't know what to call it.

    So someone posted the pic in truckers hall of shame on FB. And honestly I think it's smart as crap. But then it got me thinking. Why not take it a step further even? The yeti 6k solar power generator. Looking into it. You can plug them to charge OR they have portable solar panels you lay out. So my thoughts are. Install one of these yetis and have it plugged into my inverter while I'm going down the road. On resets could use the portable panels to charge it or idle for a few hours. Now just have to figure out the havac unit so it's not some ugly window unit sitting out the back like the pic. This is all done at around HALF the cost of a new apu!!!!

    Now take it EVEN FURTHER! Why don't these trucking manufacturers make an option to integrate these into a truck. Myself I have a pete 389. Could easily take one if the side doors that go under the bed and make a room out system for it. That way it's tucked away and can be pulled out if you need to repair or look at it. It could be hard wired to your batteries and alternator! Solar panels on the truck to even help charge it. Maybe I'm going too far now. Lol.

    Well what do yall think? Link to that yeti thing I'm talking about below

    Yeti 6000X Portable Power Station | Goal Zero FB_IMG_1627267549348.jpg
     
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  3. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    The biggest issue with the solar panels is their fragility and lack of resiliency for being on a truck, get a rock spit up and half a panel could be dead pretty quick. Efficency, theyre not terrible nowadays, but 6 years ago, couldnt collect enough power to just run ac on without a pretty big foldout.

    For me, much of it is practicality and laziness, if it isnt set it and forget it, its not going to do me much good
     
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  4. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

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    Freightliner and International both have electric APUs. Freightliner put 8 batteries on truck and the electric a/c is in sleeper cabinet on the floor. So you don't even see it. It will run 6-8 hours. The engine will start automatically and recharge the batteries at 12.2 volts or 12.1
     
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  5. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    The panels he's talking about would be stored inside the truck until parked. But they also have flexible magnetic ones now that can be laid on the roof like a decal.
     
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  6. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    I know, but
    1. My fiberglass roof is not very magnetic
    2. Fold out panels simply wont get used cause i, much like 95%of humanity am lazier tgan hell
     
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  7. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

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    I had an electric apu on my truck when I bought it , even with excellent maintenance it was junk and was glad when it shorted out one night and melted .
     
  8. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    I wish people would get that these units like the yeti are not generators they are storage units with inverters.

    I have a few of them, they suck if you plan on using them daily. The yeti has a long recharge time, if you use the 12 volt charging time up to 24 hours. These units can’t be used below 30 degrees and they have a limited lifespan, a lot less than a motorized apu.
     
  9. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

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    Our T680 has a factory EPU. It's going through it's third summer, now, and will still have more than half it's charge after a 10.
     
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  10. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Any chance you know what batteries its using and how many amps your alternator is pushing? Im game to change an alternator yearly over messing with the ac
     
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  11. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    The best setup, if you have the frame rail space is a diesel generator that has no belt, direct connect to generator end, roof mount ac, power outlets in cab to run heat or anything you want. Cost less to maintain than any apu, no bs when you shut down, one button and done.
    Roof ac can be replaced for less than a circuit board in a apu.
    Build a quality system, not a southern engendered pos.
    The heck with the new age, get reliable.
     
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