Mandatory APU's

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by Ken Worth, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    But was it an OTR company?
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  3. Phil1Fla

    Phil1Fla Light Load Member

    May 12, 2008
    Beavercreek, Oregon
    No it was a construction And I covered the southeast. My week started on Sunday and was over on wed. and had just under 60 hours in.
  4. Markvfl

    Markvfl Road Train Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Apopka, FL
    I'm truck shopping right now and a truck w/APU is a major consideration. Found an 05 W900 with APU that has an 8000 hr guarantee included and there seems to be no real premium for used trucks w/APU's - yet. I think they will be mandatory within 2 - 3 years on all new trucks with sleepers, older trucks with sleepers will be grandfathered in or given more time to get one. I think we'll see lots of trucks with sleepers removed if they're not being used...anyway, it's my Crystal Ball Prediction of The Future :biggrin_25517:
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2008
  5. Otter

    Otter Light Load Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    Milton, VT.
    I run a Willis, it works great most of the time. We've had a couple of minor issues with them.
    I think the truck manufacturers should put electric heat and A/C in trucks with diesel generators, so when we have access to shore power we could plug it, when we don't have access to shore power we run the APU.
    It would be alot cheaper than systems like Idle Aire, most of us have telephones, internet access, television, & most of the crap Idle Aire tries to sell us. With electric heat and A/C all we would need would be a twenty or thirty amp electric outlet. We could run our heat or A/C for about fifty cents an hour.
    Now we have several companies making APU systems that require running the APU to run the A/C compressor, only one or two have the option of useing shore power.
  6. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

    May 6, 2007
    The major issue with APU's is the wonderful state of CA....again. Sticking their #### nose into everything.

    At my last look. They had only approved one brand of APU for "legal" use within their borders. What brand that was..I don't know, and I don't care.

    Any freight CA has for me, can be relayed in AZ. I'm getting sick of the communist $#$###$.

    Why pop $4-6K for something that will still get you a ticket?
  7. bbkeo

    bbkeo Light Load Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    winston salem nc
    The company I work for has put APU's on all of the trucks they have bought in the last three years. It's nice to be able to run the ac when I am sitting in a dock or in a state that doesn't allow idleing. So far I haven't had any issues with mine not wanting to work. The only thing I don't like about it is it only cools off the back of the truck. If I want to sit in the front of the truck it gets a little warm. Another good thing is I don't have to use an inverter anymore. I have two a/c plugs in the back that I use for my microwave and my tv.
  8. Peanut Butter

    Peanut Butter Road Train Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    PO Dunk Idaho
    I worked for a company that griped if you idled to stay warm or keep cool, but then wouldnt put an apu on the trucks or pay idle air or a motel room. they griped at me for ideling at 26 degrees in laramie wyoming, i simply said im not freezing to death in your truck, i wont freeze in a truck nor will i roast like a side of beef.
  9. sano

    sano Bobtail Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    Makes you wonder what company pushed for that law :scratch:
  10. The Challenger

    The Challenger Kinghunter

    Dec 22, 2007
    East Central FL

    Who do you work for? I know TransAm has APU's, New Century, SNI lease trucks, and some SRF lease trucks.

  11. bbkeo

    bbkeo Light Load Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    winston salem nc
    NFI they started putting the APUs on all of their new trucks starting with their 07's. They figured it was cheaper in the long run. That and we mainly run in the northeast so idleing isn't an issue.
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