An LVD is an automatic switch that allows truck drivers to enjoy appliances and comfort items during key-off periods while preserving battery power needed to start the engine. Using patented technology, Intra’s LVD monitors battery levels, automatically disconnecting non-critical power loads when battery voltage reaches critical levels, the company said.
Designed to be installed by a qualified technician in less than an hour, the LVD also helps prevent batteries from being inadvertently drained. "Long-haul trucks have tremendous electrical draws. Even forgotten dome lights or a space heater in the sleeper can result in a deep discharge, forcing battery replacement," said Will Watson, vp-sales for IntraUSA.
In addition to battery replacement, Watson reported that industry-wide, jumpstarts are a growing cost category. "Anyone in the towing business will tell you that these are boom times, with the average jumpstart cost now exceeding $200 for the average local or remote service calls," he said.