<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Craig P.:
I filled up at a Flying J yesterday. But then I noticed that every single truck that I walked by at Flyng J that was parked, had it's engine idling while it's driver was inside the store.
Mouser: No he/she was most likely in the sleeper not glaring back at you.
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Route 66:
[QUOTE]So why do truckers idle their engines all the time? It sure seems like they're wasting alot of $$. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
IMHO, they are either driving a company truck and do not pay for the fuel themselves, or if they are owner/operators, they just pass the cost along to whomever they are working for.
Mouser: Do you realy think they can just pass the cost along? It sounds to me like you have something against the people that supply you and yours with everything that is on your back.
Mouser is a Life member of the, OWNER OPERATOR INDEPENDANT DRIVERS ASSOCIATION, www.ooida.com
First off, there is no reason in 2007 to allow a large diesel engine to idle. If it will be idled for a length of time, the motor should be placed on high idle. That means around 1000 or more RPM's.
Most companies give fuel encentives to the drivers so there is no desire to burn fuel without a purpose.
The statement that the Owner Operators will just pass on the cost to others is ludicrous. It does not happen that way and never has.
In the old days a driver left his engine running all the time while on long hauls. The reasons where many. It probably would not re-start for one. Starters where not up to par with the engines and would deteriate rapidly. The next component in line was the batteries. They where always failing with the hot and cold, snow and sleet the over-the-road driver exspierienced.
Parts failed and for what ever reason the guy who was on the road with no one to help him, LEFT THE ENGINE RUNNING. Fuel was cheap and for the most there was no one around to bother with fumes and leaks.
Yes, the driver also needed the engine for warmth or a cool cab while resting or sleeping.
Today, with component parts that are more sturdy and extremely reliable,there is no need to keep the engine running.
There is no need to warm up a diesel engine. It is best put into operation as soon as the oil pressure reaches level.
With fuel additives (most come with the fuel depending on season)there is little or no need to worry about fuel gelling and all the other stuff that went along with northern weather.
Next time you go by a Big truck and think it is running, it may not be the main engine making the noise.
More and more trucks are installing or being deliverd from the factory with generators for Heat,A/C.110power and engine climate conditioning. No frozen parts on the truck or driver, it is always comfortable and there is power for tv's, refrigerators and the internet.
Many states offer tax or cash incentives to owners to install gensets.
In the past these units where only used in the extremes like Alaska and Canada. They did not always work well and where problematic. Not today every driver wants one, it is only cost the stops them from installing.
Yes, more and more states and municipalities are passing and enforcing no-idle zones. In most cases they allow for 5 to 20 minutes before the truck must be shut down. That includes your diesel RV. These laws have also helped to make the sidekicks more popular.
Then there are those who must keep the engine running no matter what is said or done.
They are the same ones whether in a truck or an RV. They are the same ones that leave there pickup running for hours on end
This could lead into another complete direction and I am not that familiar with Freud.
For more information:
This is a must read on the subject. http://www.etrucker.com/apps/news/article.asp?id=43816