Refrigerator/inverter in the truck when you cannot idle?

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  1. twelve25oh9

    twelve25oh9 Bobtail Member

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    I’m going to put a fridge in the truck plugged into the inverter. If the company doesn’t want me idling 24/7, how does that work? I’m going to have to sleep many nights with the truck off. I can’t imagine everyone with an inverter and fridge who can’t idle all night are letting all their food warm up, but I don’t see how to get around it either…what do y’all do?
     
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  3. gerardo1961

    gerardo1961 Road Train Member

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    i never idle i have a ARB Fridge with 12 volt. ( is plug in in 12 volt )best ever buy not cheap only no noises and days running without battery shot down. Now i have this fridge more then 5 years ( from6/16 ) worth every $. you can put the invoice in you Tax report
     
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  4. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Heavy Load Member

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    Put as many ice trays with water in them as you can fit in the freezer, and don’t open the door when it’s turned off, it’ll stay cold long enough for you to sleep.
     
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  5. Lucky12

    Lucky12 Medium Load Member

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    You will use the opti-idle when the truck is off. It has 4 batteries, so if no other draw on battery it will likely start and run itself for (estimating here) between 30 min and 2 hours a day if there is no other activity. If you drive every day, during the summer it will likely make it all night without starting itself. In the winter it will run for maybe an hour each night.

    I leave my fridge open & empty with a towel in the bottom when I take time off.
     
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  6. gerardo1961

    gerardo1961 Road Train Member

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    For me Comfort not have a Price and is Tax eligible end of the year
     
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  7. twelve25oh9

    twelve25oh9 Bobtail Member

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    I get it, and if I was an owner op, I’d do the same, but as a company driver with an idle policy, I don’t have as much freedom.
     
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  8. MidWest_MacDaddy

    MidWest_MacDaddy Road Train Member

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    Not allowed to idle?
    I assume no APU then?
    Worried if you can cool food?
    (Store is cheaper than OTR)

    Me, personally, I’d be looking for another Company to drive with.
     
  9. twelve25oh9

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    I’m not looking for another company to drive with. I’m sure you know there’s more to the equation than APUs and idle policies. I’m fine with it.
     
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  10. noworrez

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    I had same situation, although my comfort was more important than no idle policy so I idled when I needed to and figured they could fire me, no one ever said a word. Anyway, I put a fridge in and ran it off the inverter. Never had a problem overnight. When home I'd turn it off and put towels inside for any water. Most trucks have a fail safe if the batteries run down, everything is shut down so you have enough juice to start the truck. Even then, it won't be long enough to ruin anything inside the fridge.
     
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