"I've never had a driver check the temperature before"

Discussion in 'Refrigerated Trucking Forum' started by scoobertdoo, Sep 30, 2021.

  1. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Medium Load Member

    Nov 11, 2020
    Wait, WTH...

    Am I the only one that takes a temp on frozen loads?
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  3. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    The Sticks, Idaho
    Like taking the temperature of the product itself? On a frozen load, I'm satisfied if the product is actually frozen solid. Beyond that doesn't make any difference to me as long as it remains that way to delivery.
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  4. RedForeman

    RedForeman Momentum Conservationist

    Jan 30, 2011
    Johns Creek, GA.
    About the only time I might get out the temp gun on a frozen load is if the load looked sketchy. Condensation, wet or crushed cardboard cases or the like. Even then I'd probably just have them either take it off or sign a statement on the condition and take pictures at the shipper. Also matters who the customer is, and who's shipping and receiving it. Sometimes they really don't care, or even part of their regular practice. For example, I ran a shuttle load of "frozen" chicken a couple weeks ago. It was a straight thru delivery to a cold storage. It came out of the packaging plant and I knew the load was hot. There was slush all over the floor and the load was not iced. I been dealing with all 3 parties for years and knew this load was not abnormal, and it came off with no drama. I was only a little mad about having to get a washout afterward, that I wasn't counting on.
  5. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Medium Load Member

    Mar 18, 2021
    St Malo mb
    Some shippers ship the load hot and it doesn’t freeze fast in the trailer so tattle tale may be out of range. I’ve loaded fresh pork that was supposed to be frozen once all parties were notified I got the go ahead to run it . PS got $100 extra for reefer fuel on that one since it would be running high speed a long time.
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  6. '88K100

    '88K100 Heavy Load Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    I had our dedicated fresh fish trailer Wednesday night…always smells out of range. Good thing I only have to open the doors once:D
  7. BrandonT28

    BrandonT28 Bobtail Member

    Aug 12, 2021
    On my Tyson loads with set points of 26, I’ll make sure it’s frozen solid.

    We haul a ton of ice cream set at -10 or -20. I verify it’s in range by the heavy, low visibility fog that fills the parking lot when I open the doors at the receiver lol.
  8. zaroba

    zaroba Medium Load Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    South East PA
    When I did reefer I checked the temp via the access door every pre and post trip. And checked the reefer fuel tank and looked at the reefer unit every time I got out of the truck.

    It became habit. Haven't pulled a reefer in 2 years but still look between the cab and trailer almost every time I walk by my truck.
  9. flightwatch

    flightwatch Road Train Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Somewhere in Texas
    A 26° Tyson load is a fresh load. It will never be frozen solid. Tyson ships their frozen loads at -10°.
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  10. Jules91

    Jules91 Bobtail Member

    Nov 12, 2021
    Can the driver get access to the temp tale data mid-route? Seems like it'd be helpful to know if there's a big temp deviation ASAP so it can be corrected in route?
  11. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    No. It is inside the sealed trailer, probably near the center of the trailer. Looking at the reefer display is what the driver should be doing. Every time he/she gets out of the truck, just need to glance at it to insure it is in range.
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