Comforts of home with Roehl?

Discussion in 'Roehl' started by doninwooster, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. Vic Firth

    Vic Firth Road Train Member

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    Are they telling you they don’t provide a Tv or that you cannot have one in their truck? I would assume you can provide your own which isn’t a big deal.
     
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  2. doninwooster

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    He stated tv's were not to be in the truck and no inverters.
     
  3. metallifreak10

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    When I worked for them in 2010, you could have a tv, video games, microwave, and refrigerator.
     
  4. Viking84

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    WOW!!! What a lot of bad info in this thread.. I am sitting in my truck truck right now typing this on my laptop. I have one of the older 2016 Cascadia's. I recently changed from flatbed to van division. My flatbed truck was a 2018 Cascadia and had a built in inverter that powered my microwave, george foreman grill as well as a 12 inch electric skillet. It did not have the 2hr shutdown system that the older inverters did in the older trucks. It would run 24/7.
    The current 2016 Cascadia I am in right now, does not have a built in inverter, so I use a 300 watt one that plugs into the 12v recepticles. That is what is powering my laptop at this very moment. It also powers a small 2qt crockpot as well as my CPAP machine for sleep apnea. And it would also power a tv if I needed one, and Roehl does indeed allow you to have a tv in your truck. I suspect that there was maybe some confusion in that roehl does not install tvs or fridges in their trucks, but they do allow tham as long as they can be powered by 12v recepticles.
    I am in Wisconsin right now and the temp is about 30 degrees so my bunk heater is on. I am typing this in my boxers and no shirt and am very comfortable. And just a few minutes ago my truck started up to recharge the batteries from the opti idle/ auto start system that all ROEHL trucks now have. (Only exception is some of the local day drivers that have older 2007 model Columbias,)
    I have a 40qt thermo-electric igloo cooler plugged into the 12v receptical on the floor under my bunk that keeps my food/drinks cold. I use my crockpot and a 12v powered lunchbox oven cooker to heat up food (just ate a pork loin over rice covered in bbq sauce about an hour ago that I cooked in the lunchbox oven)
    My advice to those reading this is to get your reviews from a current Roehl driver, as that will be the most accurate.
     
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  5. DSK333

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    ...and you think this is a good thing? Yeah, I love being woken up from a dead sleep so the batteries can charge. Just to save 30 dollars a night. You can keep that trash.
     
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  6. Viking84

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    I am used to it and dont even notice it when I am asleep. Regardless, I just made my post to clear up the inaccuracies that had been stated earlier in this thread. Roehl trucks do indeed have heat / AC that will run constantly during your 34 hour shutdown or overnight break from the battery powered EPUs. And the opti-idle will crank the truck up every 6-10 hours (depending on how wide open you run the heat/AC) and idle for about 60 minutes before shutting off. Whether ones likes or dislikes this system is up to them. I am just answering some of the questions asked in this thread.
     
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  7. mjgourl

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    I have a freezer, cooler, microwave in mine. I know other drivers who have much more. Yes, I did say freezer. Runs off of 12v. Keeps it at 0-4 degrees consistently.
     
  8. JOHNQPUBLIC

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    Saving $30 per night in fuel could add up to as much as $10,950 per year for each truck. ($30 x 365 days).

    Last I looked Roehl has around 2,000 trucks - ($10,950 x 2,000)

    At the extreme of every truck being out every night of the year that $30 per night saved adds up to $21,900,000. Obviously every truck is not out every day but the picture is pretty clear. If I owned a company this is a no brainer. If I owned my own truck this is a no brainer.

    Twenty One MILLION dollars per year. Yeah that's trash.
     
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  9. doninwooster

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    I missed this post. Glad I read it. Viking84, if you don't mind answering, why did you decide to leave the flatbed division and go to van? Lack of miles? Other reasons?

     
  10. Viking84

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    I did flatbed for 9 years. I enjoyed it as it is much more interesting than Van or reefer. Hauling military vehicles, farm/logging tractors etc.. But slinging tarps is a job for someone younger and in better physical condition than myself. So I decided to take it easy and pull a box.
    Miles were about the same.Pay is slightly more in flatbed, but was no longer worth the extra work involved.
     
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