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    Quote Originally Posted by mustang970 View Post
    14' dry vans?
    Called a "high cube," and they are quite prevalent west of the Mississippi.



    DO NOT try to take one through the Eisenhour Tunnel though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phroziac View Post
    well my reefers were 14'0 and my dry vans are 6'6'.
    I hope you mean your dry vans are 13'6'....wouldn't it be difficult to load a 6'6" trailer? Could be a bit rough on the forklift driver, nah he could just use a hand truck or pallet jack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Don View Post
    Called a "high cube," and they are quite prevalent west of the Mississippi.

    DO NOT try to take one through the Eisenhour Tunnel though!
    Or through Denver on I-25 from I-70 to I-225!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Don View Post
    Oh, I'm sorry Rampage. Last time I checked most folks thought of produce as food. DUDE.
    ok don, I still don't see the point that you are trying to make here!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekker1 View Post
    The pros of a reefer trailer in my experience have been the clearance (13'6") versus a dry van (14ft) and the fact that my company runs 48 state on the reefer side versus western 11 for dry so you can get higher mileage runs without as much stopping on the reefer side.

    The cons are of course the noise as already mentioned, but some are quieter than others. Age of the unit has alot to do with it. Another thing that I cant believe no one mentioned is sweeping the #### thing out! Reefers have deep grooves that run the length of the trailer and can be a bear to get all the debris out after unloading.
    Sweeping out a refer? Nope, another not so quick stop is required here...called the trailer washout...most refer shippers require a clean trailer to load in...especially if you are dealing with meat products...they bleed you know...best learn how to be patient and a good "waiter"...refer guys do a whole lot of waiting..more so than dry vaners!

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    I love a reefer! Never a problem waiting for a load as dry freight fits just as well!

    If you go to park at a truck stop and there is a guy pulled in nose first in a stall DO NOT PULL IN NEXT TO HIM WITH A RUNNING REEFER! Want to get your arse chewed out or maybe worse such as it being turned off? He pulled in for a reason, like not to be disturbed! Just back in and PO the other guys! Now if Mr. Reefer is pulled in nose first and you pull in next to him do NOT complain as this happens every once in a while! I was there first and nosed in and they pull in next to me and want to cry! ROFLMAO!

    I do not sweep out a reefer! I have a small battery operated leaf blower! But Blue Beacon does a great job also when water is needed! Not ALL meat loads bleed on the floor.

    Yes, jumper cables are great, just get the LONGEST ones you can find such as 20'+. and the smallest gauge you can 3 gauge or smaller. I also have a long 3 gauge wire with heavy duty alligator clips for using when needing to run with a cable between the unit and the tractor. I got mine from a commercial construction site and works great for an emergency. You only need one as the ground between the truck and trailer is all that is needed. You use this setup when your alternator in either the truck or trailer is bad. It will work in a "jump" situation but it takes a lot longer for it to juice up a set or batteries but when it's all you have go with it!

    Ask your mechanic how to "pump" up a unit that has run out of fuel! Some are different than others. Get a tennis ball and an air chuck or air valve from a tire to make a device that will help to blow fuel up to the injectors if you run out of fuel. Someone will show you how to make it. But you'll run out of fuel one time and then you'll learn to keep better watch on that fuel gauge on the reefer tank! It's a PITA pumping up or "jacking off" that fuel pump! Also one of those siphon hoses with the ball and #### deal on the end is great fro siphoning fuel for the unit or for the truck! Just do not get caught siphoning from something other than your truck!

    A milk crate is the best think to hold your jumper cables,siphoning hose, oil, fuel additive,rags, polish and other things. The 9/16" combo wrench you should keep in your tool bag!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jron619 View Post
    14ft? huh.....

    You caught that, too. Both are 13'6" ft nominal height, based on a certain height of the fifth wheel. Other than the high cube vans Big Don mentioned earlier.
    Last edited by 25(2)+2; 02.05.2010 at 03.52 AM. Reason:: add content

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAMPAGE View Post
    ok don, I still don't see the point that you are trying to make here!!!!
    Well, it's really no big deal. But I thought you posted something about not having food come in from Mexico. Food come in from Mexico all the time.

    Originally Posted by RAMPAGE
    u get used to them after a bit because they not loud like that you will just get used to it as you keep driving. but ok how about this, flatbed been down, van lost about 60% of their loads so that leaves reefer only thing still running because sure as hell wont have mexico ship food into the u.s. hahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by jron619 View Post
    what about those poor souls sitting in the Yuma Desert along I-8 waiting for what seems like days. I swear, I pass those trucks on my way to Phoenix and still see them waiting on my way back to San Diego.
    It's what you make of it.
    Part of the job.
    Sunsets and rainbows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington View Post
    It's what you make of it.
    Part of the job.
    Sunsets and rainbows.
    or sand and sweat..........

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