Pros & Cons of Reefer as Company Driver

Discussion in 'Refrigerated Trucking Forum' started by downplay, Jul 15, 2022.

  1. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia

    Perfect. :iconbiggrin:

    I couldn't have put it any better, myself. :thumbup:

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  3. Kinsman

    Kinsman Bobtail Member

    Dec 23, 2021
    There’s things that are kind of a pain but I like it. Works for me.

    Wilson company driver hauling Prime loads.

    Plenty of freight moving and almost always have a load ready when I’ve delivered the current one.

    As many have said, waiting for unloading / lumpers can be a pain but when you learn to manage your clock and get detention pay it’s no big deal to me.

    I don’t mind the ever-changing sleep schedule either, but sometimes finding decent parking is a PITA, especially at certain times and in “certain areas.” As for being concerned about other drivers bothered by reefer noise…I try to be polite but in the end if you’re parking at Love’s you should probably expect it.

    It’s the only kind of driving I’ve ever done, and I’m in my rookie season so there’s that too.
  4. downplay

    downplay Bobtail Member

    Sep 6, 2021
    Wilson Logistics? I wanted to try with them; but, they wouldn’t take me because it had been more than 30 days since I got my CDL and I didn’t go straight into trucking.
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  5. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Airlie Beach QLd
    Ok all told I've probably done about 4 years worth of hauling reefers so I reckon I qualify for to at least give some input. First I must point out that I loved doing reefer, which is why I struck with it for so long, out of all the cons, about the only one I'd say that really would be a hindrance would be the issue with monitoring the fridge motor, and even then in all my years of hauling chilled & Frozen freight and can only think of 3 times that I ever had issues. The key thing to remember in the colder climates specially if your hauling in the snowy states, like UT, ID, WY, MT, MN, IL, ND, SD, MI, is to keep those anti - freeze diesel additives in the reefer fuel tanks this I remember was a constant issue if a person switched off the engine once the trailer was empty. if you have to pick up frozen freight they will usually require you to pre -chill the trailer before loading or in some cases get it down to temp after loading. I remember once loading frozen freight I had to get the thing back down to around 1° F after they'd finished loading me and you could not leave the warehouse till you could prove your temps were at the required level. It must have taken me a good 3 hours to do so the unit just would not go down below a certain level, then someone suggested I unhook the tractor, at that point I was willing to try anything, so I unhooked the truck from the trailer sure enough the temps started coming right down, these are the issues you get when the reefer trailer the company provide you with is not actually designed for frozen temps, hence the delay, had I only had chilled freight on board I would of been long gone. Bottom line is sure there are a few extra issues you will have to put up with although having to wait for delivery times can be just as bad for dry freight too. Most of the other cons are not really that bad sure you have the extra tank to fill at the gas station but that won't take that much time.
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  6. downplay

    downplay Bobtail Member

    Sep 6, 2021
    I ran into a guy today who moved to the reefer company I work for who was complaining about dealing with the problems from companies receiving dry freight. It sounded funnily similar to the problems with reefer shipper/receivers, maybe even a little worse than what I’ve experienced so far with ‘reefing it.’
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  7. Knightcrawler

    Knightcrawler Medium Load Member

    Apr 10, 2017
    Mpls, Mn
    If you have to deal with a food warehouse, then there are no pros....
  8. downplay

    downplay Bobtail Member

    Sep 6, 2021
    Some of our drop ‘n’ hook food shippers are great. The last one I picked up from has their own washout bay, scale, etc. I dropped my empty to be washed out, hooked, scaled, had my seal verified, and then drove away. It doesn’t get much easier…if only their scales were certified I wouldn’t have to re-scale using Cat.
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  9. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

    Jul 3, 2020
    Well you could get your 34 hour reset in while in a dock :cheers:
  10. Ugminer

    Ugminer Light Load Member

    Apr 1, 2020
    How is Dutch maid to work for? I been talking to them an thinking about going.
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  11. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Pulling reefers, if the weather is extremely hot or extremely cold, just set the reefer unit to "Continuous Run" and the temp will stay where it's supposed to.
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