New to pulling reefer and have some questions.

Discussion in 'Refrigerated Trucking Forum' started by twelve25oh9, Nov 9, 2021.

  1. twelve25oh9

    twelve25oh9 Bobtail Member

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    I just started hauling reefer in the lower 48 and since I’ve only ever pulled tanker, I don’t know a #### thing. I went to a 3 day orientation and they slapped me on the ### and wished me luck. Got some questions, any help is appreciated.
    1. Lumpers - we don’t have these in tanker. I understand sometimes I have to pay these people, but how will I know when? My freight is 100% no touch, so do I hire a lumper every load? Do they come to me soliciting their services or is it automatic and I just cut the check when they’re done? Does every place have them?
    2. Are appointments usually set in stone or do they tend to be flexible? I’m under a load to Utah right now. I’m 8 hours from the consignee, but the appointment is day after tomorrow at 2100. I’d like to get there ASAP and get unloaded tomorrow so I can keep rolling. But I don’t know if that’s how refrigerated freight works.
    I’m sure I have more questions, but those two are all I can think of at the moment. Ramos in advance!
     
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  3. twelve25oh9

    twelve25oh9 Bobtail Member

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    Ramos in advance. Wtf, auto correct? Thanks in advance.
     
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  4. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

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    You will pay lumpers a lot doing reefer, it's just how the game works. Not only do they unload you, they scrutinize and inventory every box that comes off your trailer. They normally do not take cash payment, only e-checks and sometimes an EFS check or ComData check. Just pay the lumpers when they are done and enjoy the nap while waiting!

    Reefer loads generally have set appointment times and it's normal to show up within 2 hours of that set time, any earlier and they might tell you to come back, which can be a problem if there's no parking around and you're in an urbanized area.
     
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  5. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    Dependimg on the reciever you can sometimes get in early. Just call them and tell them when your appointment is, but you can be there early at (date and time). Sometimes they will say Yeah, no problem come on in.... Other times they will say No, only by appointment.

    The reciever will let you know if there will be a lumper fee and how much it is. Some places give you the option to lump your own load, this can be an opportunity to make some extra cash. I have lumped my own load a few times amd then I make out a reciept for 50% to 75% of the amount the lumper was going to charge. This receipt is turned into my company as a cash expense and I'm "Reimbursed" for that expense on my next paycheck. Not all truckimg companies will allow you to lump your own load AND bill it to them, so ask your company before you try it. And lumping can be ALOT of work if you have to break down the entire load, so be sure you know what youre getting into before you do it.
     
  6. twelve25oh9

    twelve25oh9 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks, very useful info guys!
     
  7. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    The million dollar question is, why did you leave tankers??
     
  8. DRTDEVL

    DRTDEVL Light Load Member

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    Definitely call the receiver to see about an early arrival. If its a WalMart, that's not only a hard no, but a fine/fee assessed to your company for arriving more than 1 hour early. Everyone's policies differ.

    Usually the first load out, the companies will give you one with extra time built-in to see how you handle it. Are you going to take your time shopping at every strip mall along the way, or are you a go-getter and going to call to see about an earlier appointment? That's what the will be looking at, and your future loads will be scheduled accordingly. Choose wisely.
     
  9. Allow Me.

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    Lumpers come in all different sizes and shapes. Most receivers that have lumping services use a "legit" service VS. homeless bums hanging around the outside fence and riding in with you. (the old days) The lumper will quote you a price before the job and you set up a com.check to pay. There are also services that bill the shipper or the broker or your co direct. All you do is sign. Caution, I've seen un-shady lumpers shift a case or 2 out the roll up door and write it as a shortage. Me personally, I always counted it on and counted it off. But over the years, many shippers/consignees don't allow driver on dock. have fun out there, oh yeah, call the consignee RE: early delivery.
     
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  10. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    It’s been a while but Proctor &Gamble loads were really picky too.
     
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  11. twelve25oh9

    twelve25oh9 Bobtail Member

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    Didn’t like working that hard for so little money. I don’t think OTR and tanker makes for a good mix, especially in winter up north with chemicals that freeze or sludge up in cold temps, causing painfully slow unloads. Hurts my mileage more than unload pay compensates. That said, I intend to go back to tanker when I’ve got 2 recent years finished up, though. Local tanker pay is decent and in Florida, I’ll never have to deal with frozen lines.
     
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