Reefers!

Discussion in 'Reefer Trailers' started by Joseph1135, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. Joseph1135

    Joseph1135 Live & Uncensored! (R)

    I've been pulling them since 2006. And honestly, for the most part you stay busy unless you're with a mega. Operation is simple, just keep fuel in it and monitor your temps when you stop.
     
  2. Prince of 'Doc'ness

    Prince of 'Doc'ness ORD Founder Staff Member

    How often do you have to service them? Is that something you do yourself like we used to service the generators on the buses?
     
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  3. Joseph1135

    Joseph1135 Live & Uncensored! (R)

    I work for a company. They do it after so many hours.
     
  4. Prince of 'Doc'ness

    Prince of 'Doc'ness ORD Founder Staff Member

    I worked for a coach company and we could do it ourselves and get paid for it or take it to a shop. It usually took about 15-20 mins and paid $50 so I always did it myself. ;)
     
  5. AL. Roper

    AL. Roper Resident Cowboy

    I pulled reefers off and on the last couple of years. Like Joe said, monitor temp and keep it full of fuel. One tidbit I was taught many moons ago(96 ish) was when its time to open the doors, kill the unit. That way no uncooled air gets drug through the trailer. At least that's what TransAm taught us. Always did it whether hauling meat, produce or taters/onions.
     
  6. Fatdaddy

    Fatdaddy Guido Staff Member

    I'm one of those rare people who didn't mind the odd ball hours of reefer work. I don't miss waiting in line for a washout though.
     
  7. Prince of 'Doc'ness

    Prince of 'Doc'ness ORD Founder Staff Member

    That IS a good tip, and one most people wouldn't think of....well.....if I considered myself most people...and I do... ;)
     
  8. Fatdaddy

    Fatdaddy Guido Staff Member

    Plus you're not burning fuel
     
  9. AL. Roper

    AL. Roper Resident Cowboy

    As an aside to the killing the unit, when you are backed up to a dock loading/unloading green leafy stuff, they most of the time will request you to run the unit, so as to keep constant airflow. Pete has got to impart some pearls of wisdom here.
     
  10. cranky yankee

    cranky yankee Resident Sea Dog

    the turn the reefer on/off debate
    is like pizza debate
    know your product and your shipper
    some require unit left running
    some lumpers shut it off despite rules to the contrary
    i have not washed my trailer out since i quit hauling fresh meat
    the 18 volt leaf blower is good enough until the shop rinses it out
     
  11. mountaingote

    mountaingote Gote With a Tude & a BIG Hammer Staff Member

    But there isn't any airflow with the doors open. It just goes straight out the back. I for one will not cool the dock for them
     
  12. Blu_Ogre

    Blu_Ogre Resident Happy Hippie

    What the heck I'll necro this thread.

    Picked up some AC stuff (ducting pieces, air boxes, and other crap) in Tacoma and ran it out to Boise overnight. Got backed into the dock and a guy on forks stopped quick and asked if I would turn on the refer. It was summer and over 90 and 07:00. I said sure and he let out a HELL YA!. SET that puppy to -10 continuous. Had three forks fighting to rotate into the truck. Dock boss came out pissed with a WTF! look on till he walked into the back of the trailer scolding the guy inside. He just smiled and melted against the wall as the fork guy roll past slowly. When boss came out he thanked me for taking care of his crew.
     
  13. mountaingote

    mountaingote Gote With a Tude & a BIG Hammer Staff Member

    That is a slightly different situation. It never hurts to help
     
  14. RedForeman

    RedForeman ORD Official Scholar

    First, a little myth busting.

    There is really only about 1/3 of the total air flow at the end of a properly installed chute. With the unit on high speed, you should usually just barely feel the airflow out the back. When the chute is installed right, there is slack between the rivets all the way back to let some airflow out the sides along the ceiling and down the walls. Plus usually some gaps at the inlet up front for the same purpose.

    IMO it's a bigger deal to avoid pulling humidity into the trailer. A decent unit will have no problem with some warm air getting in, but the humidity will freeze up the evaporator over and over for a while, and the unit can't cool when it's in defrost mode every 15 minutes.

    I usually just hit the defrost button when opening up to a cold dock. It shuts the internal air flow to prevent humidity coming in, you probably needed a defrost anyway, and the cycle is long enough to back in, slide axles back, and bump the dock. About the only time I shut the unit off to unload is on a hot or outdoor dock. Then the cold air just stays still inside and the product can keep itself cold for hours.

    I've run the unit myself for some air conditioning when working inside the trailer. The best way to do it for the forklift guys is have them wait about 15-20 minutes and run the unit on -10ยบ with the doors closed to get the interior down at least into the 40's or 50's (if the product won't be harmed). Then shut off the unit and open up. It takes about an hour before the cool inside is gone. I do that for myself when sweeping the trailer out on a hot summer day. The leaf blower helps me get on out of there before it warms back up.
     
  15. AL. Roper

    AL. Roper Resident Cowboy

    The most interesting load I hauled was a load of frozen goats milk. Picked it up in western Pa at an Amish farm. No dock, and they had it in a stand alone cooler @ -20. When I left Pittsburgh I set the unit to -20, took about 2 hours to make the drive and me, the fella that was selling it, his wife and about 6 more transferred it from cooler to trailer. Was only 1000 gallons, so when I got there killed the unit and watched that fog roll out the back. Took it to a deer farm. Interesting to say the least.
     
  16. cranky yankee

    cranky yankee Resident Sea Dog

    I saw a Kold transport truck today
    I thought it was Kool transport at first
    both out of SLC
    different companies or just another head to the same monster?
     
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  17. mountaingote

    mountaingote Gote With a Tude & a BIG Hammer Staff Member

    Nevah hoida dem guys
     
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  18. cranky yankee

    cranky yankee Resident Sea Dog

    it looks to me like they are 2 more companies
    divisions of Knight
     
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  19. mountaingote

    mountaingote Gote With a Tude & a BIG Hammer Staff Member

    Knight bought a lot of little outfits
     
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