Pros and Cons of Driving Reefer??

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by tman78, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. Afarinnatar

    Afarinnatar Bobtail Member

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    Lots of hours wasted in your 14 hour window for live loads and unloads. Dealing with rejected loads. Arriving at a shipper just to be told you need a washout and the closest one is 60 miles away. You come back and have to wait in line behind 10 other drivers. A second engine and fuel tank to maintain. The noise.

    There's a lot of cons, but most if not all can be minimized with proper planning.
     
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  3. Buckeye 60

    Buckeye 60 Road Train Member

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    proper planning exactly wright ...... thats why I am not planning to pull a reefer and will avoid all pitfalls lol
     
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  4. Buckeye 60

    Buckeye 60 Road Train Member

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    seriously its hard to plan around 3 or more hours unloading or loading ..... i still get it once in awhile in a dry van but not as often
     
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    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    And the issues listed in the beginning of the thread makes you wonder why a food crisis could too easily occur in the US.
     
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    shatteredsquare Road Train Member

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    BY OUR POWERS COMBINED...!

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  7. shatteredsquare

    shatteredsquare Road Train Member

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    Well does the higher rate make the extra donkey pain worth it? Of all the 'made a killing' stories I've heard, 4 out of 5 were reefer loads. I guess on the flip side, 4 out of 5 horror stories I've heard were reefer too...
     
  8. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    Has a lot to do with if you're a company driver or an O/O. Company drivers running reefer tend to do a lot of waiting around and night work with tight schedules for a few more cents per mile. I'm an O/O running reefer who gets to pick and choose my own loads that run mostly daylight hours, and they pay quite a bit better than dry loads in most areas. I'm picking up a small frozen load of 8 pallets today at 11:00AM in Reno and running them to Denver for $3.40 per mile. You just aren't seeing that kind of rate in the dry van market in this lane.
     
  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    I think you got your cartoons mixed up. :biggrin_25523:

     
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