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  1. desertracer

    desertracer Bobtail Member

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    PULLED EVERY OTHER KIND OF TRAILER SO HERES MY QUESTION HOW FAR CAN YOU GO ON A TANK OF REFER FUEL GUESS IT WOULD BE UP TO HOW HARD THE REFER WAS WORKING THE LITTLE TANK SEEMS LIKE IT WOULD BE ALWAYS OUT OF FUEL THANKS
     
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  3. Six9GS

    Six9GS Medium Load Member

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    I've been running reefer for almost a year and a half. I think the worst fuel consumption I've experienced would get between 3 and 4 days on a 50 gallon tank. Best usage would probably last close to 2 weeks. Many factors involved in how much fuel gets consumed.
    Just be aware, once the reefer gets down to 1/4 tank, you need to get fuel really soon. That last quarter of a tank goes really quick!
     
  4. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    We are dedicated to a chicken plant and our trailers are rarely set to anything other than -10* and not turned off very often. We have 50 gallon fuel tanks and they burn 25 gallons/day during the summer. We can go a little longer during the winter.

    The customer rented some former Prime trailers with the 30 gallon tanks last summer. They would run out before 24 hours was up. Needless to say, when the contract was up, the customer got trailers with 50 gallon tanks.
     
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  5. JerzyG

    JerzyG Light Load Member

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    Personally, I go by the rule of 1 gallon per hour if running continuous.
     
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    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    It depends on the temperature outside, the temperature you have the reefer set to, and if you are running the reefer on start and stop or continuous. Also the age of the trailer plays a part as well.. For example, if you have a frozen load set at -10 and its 98 degrees out, the reefer will be hammering and sucking fuel.
     
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    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    Perhaps you don’t know yet.
    That trailer can and is used to keep things warm. Example... temp set 50 f. Outside temperatures below zero.
     
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    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Winter will last longer then summer. And will probably last longer as a heater vs. Freezer. Not using the ac compressor.
     
  9. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    I do not believe that is a correct statement. My assumption is that the reefer unit is a heat pump, similar to the ones used in residential homes. The compressor is used to both heat and cool. Somebody correct me if I am wrong. I doubt that there is a heating element in those trailers?
     
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  10. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    radiator? Or heater core?

    Ac compressor uses more fuel.

    I believe it's a correct statement.
     
  11. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Thanks, I also have no clue how those units operate. I never thought about the cooling system radiator/heater core angle. That is why I like these forums. I'm getting older than dirt but still willing and able to learn:D
     
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