Hello everyone, I start school next week to get my CDL (not a sponsorship) and I'm looking to get into flatbed after I graduate and have a few questions on which company to go with and if any company offers all of the things below (I am in Ohio):
APU and Inverter
Not a big list but mainly I concern myself with being able to have an APU because I will be bringing my gaming PC with me and it has an RTX 3090 in it, an APU with a beefy inverter would be nice to have so I can game in my downtime. If anyone has a company that would fit this criteria please let me know.
Start school next week, want to go flatbed
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I believe most of the larger fleets that hire new drivers have stopped spec'ing diesel APUs on the trucks. They either rely on opti-idle, which auto-starts and stops the engine when the batteries get too low and for cooling/heating, or a combination of opti-idle with a battery powered EPU. 1200-1500 watts seems pretty standard for the inverter rating. I haven't had a truck with opti-idle yet, but I would think it should keep the batteries up as long as the inverter is large enough to handle the load. My current truck has a diesel APU, but only because it's one of the older ones in the fleet. They're getting to be more rare as the older trucks are cycled out.
After you finish 14-hour days of tarping, strapping, chaining, fighting traffic....and all the other things you'll have to learn & do as a newbie while (seemingly) being fed from a firehose--you will probably be too tired to fool with PC gaming.
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You won't really need that PC anymore for gaming, after you finish CDL school.
You will be "gaming" every time you get behind the wheel.
Your new ( super-duper, full-sized) "monitor" will be your windshield, and side windows/mirrors.
Your "joystick" and other PC controls will now be a steering wheel, floor petals, instruments, ELD, etc.
Your gaming "score" will now be your paycheck, with any earned bonuses--and also the results from any citations, accidents, DOT inspections, etc. More bonus points--if you don't hit anything--ever!!! Still even more bonus points (later) if you're not a job-hopper...
Just think: you'll have the opportunity to "game" like this...for up to 11 hours a day, EVERY DAY.
Why bother to go virtual--when you already have up to 11 hours per day of the real thing (and get paid for it)?
How incredibly cool will that be?
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