auxiliary power units

More states working on APU weight exemptions

On Jan. 23, Missouri and New Hampshire legislatures held hearings on bills that would allow the auxiliary power unit weight exemption permitted on trucks to be increased.

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Hodyon addressing APU accessibility for owner-operators

The Dynasys APU's leasing program refuses no one, regardless of credit score -- just one of the ways the company is breaking down accessibility barriers for operators needing APUs.

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Pulse

Some of us at Overdrive were talking with drivers at a truck stop recently to hear about their interests. The conversation drifted to our columnist and trucking radio host Kevin Rutherford.

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Owner-operator on the guv’s blog

Owner-operator Paul Ahles utilized the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's program for low, 4 percent financing of auxiliary power units to purchase the APU on his truck today, and as a participant in the program he was featured recently on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's blog, available at this link. Ahles called the choice to purchase the PowerCube APU the "best decision I ever made ... I would absolutely recommend getting an APU. The MPCA has been great to ...

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Oregon to start idling limits

Trucks that aren’t equipped with idle-reduction technology will be prohibited from idling more than five minutes an hour in public areas.

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Electrification of truck stop spaces revives

As fuel prices spiked in 2007-08, a large majority of truckers' anti-idling interest was focused on dedicated auxiliary power units, which market expanded dramatically with a profusion of new manufacturers. This time around, with the economy still somewhat shaky, owner-operator and fleet interest in up-front investment in full-function APU technology may be taking a back seat infrastructure improvements and use of electrified truckstop parking space services when needed. For operators who don't already have APUs, ...

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PIB TIP: CONSIDER AN APU. A recent survey shows the average owner-operator idles more than 5 hours a day, in all weathers. That’s the equivalent of 18,000 yearly miles on the engine, says Argonne National Laboratory. Cutting that idling to zero eliminates 18,000 miles of wear, extends your oil-drain interval and saves nearly $4,500 in fuel costs with diesel at $3 a gallon. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants ...

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OOIDA members may seek APU funds

Eligible members can get a 40 percent reimbursement for the cost of the APU and installation.

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Tridako APUs available

The new HC5128 and a smaller prototype are made for truckers with limited frame rail space. The larger unit is 28 inches wide and offers 24,000 Btus of air conditioning capacity, 30,000 Btus of cab heat, 6000 watts of 120-volt, 60-Hertz AC power, and 60 amps of 12-volt DC power. The smaller design, with a 24-in. width, removes the AC generator and includes a 150-amp DC alternator that can provide hotel loads if the user ...

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