Carrier vs thermoking

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by yeah, Aug 10, 2022.

  1. yeah

    yeah Bobtail Member

    Jul 28, 2022

    I’m looking to buy a reefer, but I’m not If I should go with a carrier or thermoking. I was getting my reefer serviced and the mechanic told me newer thermokings are high maintenance (corrode easily, dpf filter, electronics). He said thermokings have declined and carrier has improved, he also said there are more carriers on the road than thermokings, and that should tell you something. So I’m really confused now. I would really appreciate if somebody can help me with this. And also which reefer box should I pick ( utility, stoughton, Great Dane or something else)? Thank you.
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  3. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

    May 2, 2010
    ludlow MA
    Carriers are cheaper, and bean counters love cheap ####, that’s why there’s more of those lawn mower sounding junk running next to you every other night then TKs
  4. Woobie

    Woobie Medium Load Member

    May 3, 2013
    You'll sleep better with a TK, Carriers are friggin LOUD. Especially on startup, sounds like a dang helicopter taking off.
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  5. kwswan

    kwswan Road Train Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    Find a trailer that suits you first then worry about the unit. I wouldn't pass a good deal or a trailer specced like I wanted just because of the unit.
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  6. Six9GS

    Six9GS Road Train Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Yuma, AZ
    I pull both. Fortunately mostly TK. At least the ones we have (Swift Refrigerated) the TK's are quieter, use less fuel and I've had fewer problems with them. Now, part of that may be that all our newer ones are TK and only some of the older ones are Carrier.
    That said, I'll pull whatever I get. But, my choice is TK over Carrier.
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  7. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2015
    Fortuna Faviet Fortibus
    I would buy which ever is the cheapest. Times have gotten tighter. So gotta sharpen the pencil.
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  8. Chieftains

    Chieftains Medium Load Member

    Jul 18, 2021
    Most units are carriers.
    Cheap to work on compared to TK.
    Sound don't bother me much.

    Now if the price is right I wouldn't care and buy either.
    Can't really go wrong as there are only 2 reefer units available.

    I like great dane trailers.
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  9. RedForeman

    RedForeman Momentum Conservationist

    Jan 30, 2011
    I've had both. Carriers are cheaper up front and break down more often, but are less expensive to repair. Thermo King has the superior dealer network. Less downtime and quality service when needed is more important to me, so I have TK units.
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  10. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    100's of trailers over the years with both. TK cost's more than 3/4's again as much in repairs vs Carriers.(motor problems) Cooling systems are about the same in repairs.
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  11. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

    Aug 31, 2018
    I have 10 TK’s in the lineup and zero Carriers. Drivers heavily prefer the TK’s due to noise and I also like TracKing from TK. Remote tracking, on/off, fuel level, etc. Carrier May have similar I have no idea.

    I’ve been happy so haven’t felt a need to make a change. The TK guys give me free shirts, hats, and golf balls too so that’s the real reason. ;) lol
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