Reefer or Dry Van???

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by jgtrucking, Apr 24, 2022.

  1. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    You must have worked for a crummy company.
     
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  3. Moosetek13

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    Swift, and probably Knight, only requires you to be on time for the first stop.
    If the first stop makes you late for subsequent stops the detention will still be paid if you have to wait.
    At least, that is how it has worked for me at Swift.

    Still, detention pay does not equal running the miles on a load.
     
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  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Because trucking companies are always looking for ways to pay detention pay, or they are looking for ways to NOT pay detention pay.
     
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  5. Lostmykey

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    reefer; people gotta eat. You can also haul dryvan stuff in a reefer. Best of both worlds.

    You get used to the noise and no one wants to park next to you.

    edit: I’m on a dedicated account that doesn’t pay detention, but I get a weekly minimum guarantee. #### detention.
     
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  6. GYPSY65

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    I don’t have any experience with either as I pull a flatbed
    But. When I pass reefer receivers on the occasions I run through the night I see them lined up for blocks
    To me. It looks like you would drive during the day and wait during the night
    Might be completely wrong but it looks like with a reefer you will always be at work?
     
  7. Kyle G.

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    reefers also have to wait in line at the washout.
     
  8. GYPSY65

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    I know flatbed wasn’t a choice but think about this
    Reefer. Or even van. The receiver has some guy on a forklift that has unloaded so much of the same product day after day and is just sick of his job and that carry’s over to the trucker

    Flatbed is many times a different product or piece of machinery and the shipper and receiver both are happy to see the truck show up

    I have only ran a car hauler and flatbed but in 15 years I haven’t yet seen an upset ship or receiver
     
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  9. jgtrucking

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    I like the idea of flatbed, but I think I'm a little too old to get started in flatbed.
     
  10. Lostmykey

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    Only at bb. If you look around, you can find quickies elsewhere; middle of the night or washout only lanes are the best time to hit up a bb.

    Longest wait was almost 3hrs at Nashville bb; It was around 5pm and every other washout would’ve been closed by the time I got to them. I wanted to drop a clean trailer at the customer and go home. They’d been complaining about trailers not getting washed out.
     
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  11. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Neither, or both?

    They would rather not pay it, especially when it is the company paying it. The customer is charged whenever possible, I'm sure.
    But that is not my concern when I am the one being paid for sitting around.
     
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