Reefer or Dry Van

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by spearhead, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. Rich_Trucking

    Rich_Trucking Light Load Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    I really want to get a reefer, because of the $$$, but their are CARB regulations here in cali, that require you to get a new unit every 7 yrs.

    reefers are a lot more expensive,
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  3. pawpaw1

    pawpaw1 Medium Load Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    Do the math. I assume you're an O-O. Cost vrs. cheap ### van freight. Headaches with units. CARB. Is it worth it?
    Balls to the walls meeting appointments , cause someone else didn't do their job. Fuel mileage. Still worth it ?
    Got your return loads locked in?
    Reefers are more versatile than vans. Flats can be more versatile than either.
    Heavy haul pays best.
    What u want to do ?
  4. Mr. PlumCrazy

    Mr. PlumCrazy Road Train Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Lexington NC
    All this is hog wash. You wont get unloaded at walmart, sams, costco, foodlion or anywhere I have been any faster with a dry than a reefer and both have appointments. And dry goes to some of the same places as reefer. The only down side to reefer is worring about the unit shutting down. And if you sit for hours fine at $50 an hour and only costing $4 an hour to sit. Never sit for days except when I was leased to tango (dry van). Do anyone know of a place that reefer goes that a dry van will never go? And dry van pay lumpers also. What I do like I do some of my own unloading most of the time between 3-6 pallets per stop and it pays me $80-$300 per stop depent on what the lumper service charge. And this gets me out of most places a lot faster. I dont know where people come up with it takes longer to load or unload a reefer than a dry van. Or they go into worse places. And if you are ecepting dry van rates pulling reefer loads then thats your fault.
  5. lonewolf262

    lonewolf262 Light Load Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Atchafalaya Basin
    Reefer is more demanding than dry as the fresh perishables must be delivered mostly by appointment only at most Cold Storage....unless your pulling for a fleet where drop and hook is optional. I find dry van has one huge engine running instead of two. And sometimes that reefer breaks too, which means you have a huge repair bill to pay not including the extra fuel required (about 50 bucks a day). So! more pay may not always be true. As for loading and unloading it averages about three hours in 90 percent of my runs. However, there are some nice runs....west to east with frozen that pays well. New Rules of Service will demand teams to haul fresh produce to the East Side.
    spearhead Thanks this.
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