If you are going to buy a truck sleeper cab air conditioner, you should make sure that your money is well spent. There are several important things to consider before making a decision. In this post, we will tell you what things you should consider before you buy a truck sleeper cab.
To limit harmful emissions, anti-idling laws are in effect in Australia. Idling is allowed only for a certain length of time. The reasons of idling should be clear. But if you are a driver, you know that anti-idling laws are sometimes at odds with drivers. A driver who is just resting will not happily pay a fine. Drivers are seeking alternative fuels to power their air conditioners, because idling diesel engines are no longer an option. The market has responded, and now there are some auxiliary options for truck drivers. If you purchase an air conditioner, you should know the following things:
Typically, the truck’s batteries are used to power auxiliary heating units. Sometimes an external power connection is used to power the unit. In most cases, the systems use 120 volt AC power or 12 volt DC power. If you use 12 volt DC power, you do not need an offshore power hookup. During normal driving, the batteries are recharged by the alternator of the truck. As a result, you do not need to worry about finding a power outlet at night.
But there are several disadvantages of using 12 volt systems. There is a lot of pressure under the truck’s batteries. The batteries may be completely discharged if the system runs for a long time. And if the batteries are completely discharged, you may not be able to start the truck. That is why you should always keep an eye on the battery level, and make sure the batteries are never completely discharged.
When air conditioners are powered by 120 volt AC power, you have to plug-in to an offshore connection. Plugging-in is pretty convenient because most truck stops offer the service. Compared to the cost of diesel fuel, you have to pay a lower fee.
But 120 volt systems have some drawbacks too. The plug-in service is not available at all truck stops, and sometimes you will not have access to power sources. If you stop in a remote area, it may not be possible for you to get access to a power source.
That is why you should choose a system that can be run by both offshore power and batteries. You will have to spend some more on this dual-source system, but in the long run it will provide you with complete flexibility.
Installation of the unit
When choosing an air conditioner for your truck sleeper cab, you should pay attention to the details of installation, truck air conditioners like the system found here usually have separate condenser and evaporator units. Some units keep the evaporator in the inside and arrange the compressor on the outside. If you get the system installed in this way, there will be less noise inside the cab.
The installation process should be an important consideration. There are some systems that you can get installed within a few hours. There are some other systems that require extensive modifications, and these systems may cost you more. The installation process will have some effect on your truck, and you should consider it beforehand. There will be cuts and holes. And if moisture penetrates, it will lead to other problems. Make sure that the installation does not make extensive changes on the truck.
Truck sleeper cab air conditioners are getting more and more popular. If you want to get one installed, you must do that with caution. Hopefully this post will help you make an informed decision.