Reefer Fuel Consumption

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Pfeff203, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Pfeff203

    Pfeff203 Bobtail Member

    Oct 28, 2008
    What would you say is average fuel consumption for a reefer in a 24 hour period sitting in the yard?

    Lets say its running on continuous at -10.
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  3. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

    May 6, 2007
    Most of us use a gallon per hour, to calculate the usage.

    Many units will run longer than that, but it's dangerous to play that game too often with a 25 gallon tank.
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  4. rjones56

    rjones56 Heavy Load Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    staunton va
    Depends on alot of things.Ambient temperature,product temp when loaded,condition of coolin system and type of unit,condition of trailer.Could use alot more fuel if any of these are below normal.What danc694u said is close if everything else is normal.
  5. He who is called I am

    He who is called I am Medium Load Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Da U P Eh, Michigan
    What he said. And be sure that you make sure your fuel guage on your reefer tank is working properly as well so you dont run it out of fuel. Believe me it can be a pain in the hind end if you run it MT. So if you look in your mirror and see that it shut itself off. Pull over and shut it off because it will try to restart itself 2 or 3 times completely draining your fuel lines thus making you have to use that nice huge primer pump..ha ha ha.. Most reefer trlrs have 50 gal tanks. Ones that go on rail cars have 150 to 200 range.
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  6. carrot top

    carrot top Light Load Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    greenville, sc
    if u left it in a yard and u did what the company said dropping it with at least 3/4 tank.

    the yard should take care of fueling it.
  7. Silvereagle01

    Silvereagle01 Bobtail Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    tell u we have a 50 gal. tank and usually use around 13-17 gal, per 24 hrs
    depending on conditions and product like produce needs continues but typical frozen foods can run on start stop mode extending the length of how much fuel it burns
  8. torque

    torque Light Load Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    Like someone mentioned about making sure the fuel gauge works,make sure you have a small but bright flashlight so you can pop the cap off and look in there to check.Don't rely on that little needle when you pick up a trailer.I usually would pick up a trailer and go top it off to make sure.
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