Category Archives: Equipment

Putting A best Foot Forwards

Drivers and the public in general are often presented with a variety of products that claim to improve out health and life in some manner. All manner of odd inventions are presented to us with claims that they will make us feel better, loose weight, be more attractive, win the lottery and so on.

 

Welcome to GATS
Welcome to GATS

So when I was told about a product being introduced at the Great American Truck Show (GATS), in Dallas, TX. That would help prevent fatigue, help my cardiovascular health, help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis, as well as a few other things. I was a bit skeptical. Continue reading Putting A best Foot Forwards

Another take on Power Inverters

By:  Bob Caffee

Bob Caffee a Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro along with his wife Linda agreed to let me share this with my readers.  Bob a few weeks after my Watt’s an Inverter wrote this more technical piece.  Bob has spent years as a diesel mechanic as well as researching the best inverter for their purposes.  Thanks to him for this great article.

400 Watt inverter by Cobra
400 Watt inverter by Cobra

What is a power inverter? Power inverters are described as a device or circuit that changes direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). Voltages, input and output are dependent upon the device in use. For our use we will be talking about an inverter that would be installed in a truck, voltage 12 DC in and 115 AC out. Continue reading Another take on Power Inverters

When is a Fridge not a Fridge???

Sounds like a trick question doesn’t it…

 

Thermo-Electric Fridge
Thermo-Electric Fridge

Actually it is not. There is a new “environmentally friendly” product on the market. I say “new” however that is a bit of a misnomer, as it has been out for several years in fact. The product is the Thermoelectric fridge, or cooler; sometimes sold under the name “Superconducting Refrigerator”. Continue reading When is a Fridge not a Fridge???

Impressions of the FIT System

Freightliner Display at MATS 2014
Freightliner Display at MATS 2014

This year I took a day to stop in at the Mid-America Truck Show (MATS). Even though I was only able to stay for a single day, I must admit it was a great experience. The show covered over 1,000,000 square feet and even if I had been able to attend the entire time,it would have been a huge challenge to see all the exhibits and vendors. If you have never had the opportunity to attend, I highly suggest heading out there yourself the next time it’s going on.

As some of you know, I am a member and Wellness Ambassador for Rolling Strong™. And this year at MATS, they were demonstrating a product that I have been waiting all year for a chance to try out. The  Freightliner In-Cab Fitness (FIT) System, was co-developed by Bob Perry, the Trucker Trainer™, and Sean Mohr in collaboration with Dr. Josef Loczi and Freightliner engineering and product marketing.

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Watts an Inverter???

An inverter is a device that takes your car or truck current DC and turns it into AC. It allows you to plug a household device into your car or truck. Do you need one??? Maybe not but it can make your life easier.

400 Watt inverter by Cobra
400 Watt inverter by Cobra

While there are a variety of devices designed to work off your car current. Ranging from 12 volt cooking devices to chargers for your phone and other electronic devices an inverter can be very handy. From personal experience a 400 watt inverter which is the largest most cigarette lighters can handle. Will handle most small personal electronic devices including a computer as well as a small crock-pot. Some small TV’s may work on a 400 watt inverter but you need to read the instructions to see how many watts it draws. Continue reading Watts an Inverter???