Hauling canned/plastic bottles of Coca Cola and Sprite in over 100 F.

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  1. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

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    Is there an upper temp limit above which it can go bad or the cans may bow out or something?

    For instance, I am on a load with coffee like beverages and not until I got loaded I was handed the paperwork with requirement of not freezing the product but also protecting from temperature above 100 F. How can someone protect the product loaded on a dry van from high temps, I am not too sure.

    I am considering a load of Coca Cola beverages which might go to Phoenix area, are there any risks of spoiling the product?
     
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  3. haz-matguru

    haz-matguru Road Train Member

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    Just open the vents on the trl and keep trucking. The air will keep it below 100
     
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  4. TallJoe

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    No vents. Unless I cut them before...
     
  5. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

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    They should be fine. Used to haul for coke back when i was a box driver. We used to grab trailers that had been sitting in the phoenix az sun for days with a load on and rarely lost any bottles or cans and even then ususally as few as a dozen bottles or cans. If your really worried about it call the shipper.
     
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  6. TallJoe

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    Asking the shipper is the problem.
    They always say "you should be all right" but they never put it in writing. Quite the contrary, whenever they say that,the note such as "protect from freeze or above 100 F" can be found on the BOL. Almost as if they wanted to joke at your expense.
     
  7. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    Call the shipper tell them you've got a load of their junk and it's at 105 degrees right now, that's the quick way to see if it's going to be a big deal.
     
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    Talked to a friend of mine today who works for Missoula Bottling Co. He said they’ve never had any issues with the heat, told me it was 106 in Worland WY when he loaded yesterday.
     
  9. TallJoe

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    I decided not to take that heavy load of canned drinks to Phoenix, AZ area. Neither was I able to find out, if something happens to a soda beverage if it is transported in more than 100 F temperature for a few days. The recent load, for which the BOL specified that the temperature had to be less than 100F, consisted of those monster Java drinks...perhaps there is something in their ingredients that my go bad if it gets too hot. Well, the weather was not nearly 85F during the transit so it was not an issue.
     
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