No inverters in Crete trucks?

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  1. 2BucTruck

    2BucTruck Medium Load Member

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    Morning drivers. Wanted to run something by you. I'll be testing for my license tomorrow, about to graduate from trucking school. I'll be applying for Crete / Shaffer on Monday and have been in contact with a recruiter. When asking her about inverters, she said they don't have / allow them anymore, i.e. anything I'd need (coffee pot, small cooler / fridge) will have to be plugged into the truck. In fact, when I tried calling recruiting the one day after I couldn't get in touch w/ my recruiter's extension, some other gal told me that they don't allow inverters, and there is a 400 watt limit when plugged into the truck?! Not sure what she meant. One of my biggest needs on the road is to be able to charge my laptop to periodically help my wife run our internet business from the road, not to mention that I'd like to be able to use the internet for Google Maps & Places, Google Earth, and just staying in contact w/ my family. I'm hoping some of you drivers can confirm that I can indeed charge my laptop from my truck.
     
  2. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Have you considered any companies that have APU's?
    Does Crete allow you to idle the truck when on downtime; layovers, 34 hr. restart, etc.
    Many states and counties have strict idling laws, as do most trucking companies.
    With an APU you don't have to worry about any of that; always have electricity for computer, TV, coffee pot, refrigerator,etc.
     
  3. LGarrison

    LGarrison Road Train Member

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    You can get a 200 watt inverter that plugs into the cigarette lighter to charge phone computer
     
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  4. 2BucTruck

    2BucTruck Medium Load Member

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    Thanks for the responses. Chinatown, Crete's website says this about APUs, guess it means they have them?

    • Idle Reduction Technology with Sleeper APU (Cooling & Heating)
     
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  5. 2BucTruck

    2BucTruck Medium Load Member

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    I appreciate the response, but according to more than one recruiter, they don't allow inverters. Wouldn't want to rock the boat, especially being a new driver.
     
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I think that's just the basic; as it says "heating & cooling."
    I'm not knocking Crete, haven't worked there and it may be a great company. But, this day and age with the strict idling laws, I would consider companies with something such as Tri-Pac APU's or something similar. I've seen guys in truckstops doing layovers with good APU's and they're kicked back in comfort watching a big flat screen TV or on computer, etc. and other drivers sitting there with the windows down it's so hot.

    At least, that's something you can ask Crete about or maybe a Crete driver will post something for you.
     
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  7. crxdc

    crxdc Road Train Member

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    I dont work at crete but i see alot out here on the road and the APU they have are not really APU's they just use batteries to heat and cool the truck. They do not have electric outputs. when i worked at swift they too did not allow inverters due to people not hooking them up correctly and causing fires but the simple answer is get one that plugs into the lighter and when you take the truck in to the shop put it in your bag so they dont see it. Unplug when you are not in the truck.
     
  8. freightwipper

    freightwipper Road Train Member

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    I've been here about a month.
    You can have an inverter, up to 400 watts that plugs into a cig outlet.
    It's enough to change your laptop, plus more.
    I do it myself.

    Trucks are luck of the draw.
    I've seen midroof frightshakers stripped down and with "optimized idle" and prostars double bunk loaded with every option with a battery pack.
    Most have the battery pack that charges while you're running and powers your AC when you shutdown.
     
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  9. freightwipper

    freightwipper Road Train Member

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    I can tell you if you run crete/shaffer you will start off at 34-35CPM and after one year go to 43-44CPM.
    If you get four months experience somewhere else they'll hire you and start you out at 42-43CPM right off the bat, however they'll stick you with a trainer for a month at $600 a week before they release you.
    I had less than a year experience when I came here and I got started 43CPM.

    After tons of research it's the best I could have done.
    I was over getting paid under 30CPM where I was last at.
     
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  10. freightwipper

    freightwipper Road Train Member

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    They also say no cell phone even with bluetooth, I see drivers on them all the time even when they're rolling into the terminal lol.
     
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