Why do people needlessly idle ?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by bzinger, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. G13Tomcat

    G13Tomcat Road Train Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    ^^^ This doesn't look like a company driver, bz. . . one heck of a pretty Pete, and I drive a similar. (Smaller,) but that's a beauty. And yeah, I idle. Don't make any less for it. We all have our comfort zones, I reckon.
    No harm, no foul; to each their own!!
    Be safe, drivers !!
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  3. superflow

    superflow Road Train Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    I can burn about 3/4 of gallon, if I idle all night long....
    People that love $ too much will never have enough of it, ..... if I had to count how many pennies I saved on something like this, there's a problem
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  4. dca

    dca Road Train Member

    May 31, 2011
    I have a espar bunk heater, as popular as they might be it tends to drain the batteries to a point of automatic shut down. I've had the system checked by a shop only to hear they recommend idling after 5 hours of use.
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  5. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    the road less travelled
    The Espar and Webasto work better when backed up by a system to keep the batteries in a range,either a APU, or an automatic start and stop system like Detroit opti-idle or similar Cummins system. Volvo had addressed this with lower RPM idling.
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  6. dancecanyon

    dancecanyon Light Load Member

    Jan 12, 2015
    I idle more often than not--our company doesn't have an idle policy. They don't have many policies come to think of it--just get the loads in on time!

    I would idle less when it's colder out but I've found that the bunk heater is way too hot and there is no way to control the heat. Apparently the volvos have the temp guage located on the outside of the cabin and the heat adjusts accordingly. If it's too hot, I can't sleep. Or it will be a fitful one at best. Having just the ambient heat from the truck running is the perfect temp for me and I sleep thru the night.

    A drowsy driver is a deadly driver.

    Oh...and I always travel with my dog. I've been told that having her onboard negates the no idling laws in those states with such laws. I haven't had any problems thus far.
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  7. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    omaha , ne
    Weather is warming up and im starting to idle a bit till the sun goes down ..don't forget to fire up your espar or wabasto ..crank it up to 90 and run it about an hour a month .
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