I drove for Knight Ref and Knight Trans out of Phoenix, AZ. I can say that I enjoyed reefer more than dry van, but you will have problems finding an empty trailer if you run out of Phoenix, especially a dry van trailer.
As for the wait times, you will be waiting and waiting a lot if you do reefer. When you deliver to a Walmart Distribution Center, you are going to give them four free hours, and then the detention pay starts. Most other stops the detention starts after two hours. You need to keep track of your time and then compare it to your paycheck. If there is a discrepancy, this is where your DM fixes it for you, if he's any good, after you call in and complain.
As for extra money doing reefer, I didn't see it, but times have changed since I last drove for them. When I quit in November of 2020, I was getting 44 CPM. They way things are now, I wouldn't start up a truck for less than 60 CPM. The mega companies are very secretive with the wages they pay out. I've been looking around over on FB and there are lots of companies offering 70 CPM, you must have the experience because the insurance company says so, but I can't see how the megas are competing with that wage.
One thing about reefer is that the average length of haul was longer for me and that cancelled out the long waits.
Reefer or Dry Van???
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Reefer customers are like Walmart DC in the old days. They schedule 25 loads per hour to arrive so that their employees can have non-stop work. The fact the customer is screwing up the 20 trucks that are going to have to wait hours to get unloaded is your problem, not the DCs problem. Certain customers will only sign contracts which expempt them from detention pay or have nearly impossible stipulations on their detention pay. Reefer depends on a lot of desperate O-Os or desperate small trucking companies eating the carp sandwich and saying "thank you" so they don't have to streamline their operation and and keep using drug-addict lumpers and Capt Bligh management techniques.
As to the noise of the box behind the sleeper, where else in society would someone suggest putting a diesel engine on the other side of your bedroom wall will allow you to sleep better? It's something you get used to, like people that live beside a railroad track. It still disrupts your sleep.jgtrucking and GYPSY65 Thank this.
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I’ve run both reefer and dry van, reefer runs can be longer which is a good thing but I prefer dry van loads. I hate waiting in line at midnight or later to deliver a frozen load and dealing with lumpers, especially when you busted your tail to get there on time and they tell you it will be several hours before they can get to you, that can happen with dry van but not nearly as often.
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- Nov 1, 2010
There are certain places that I will avoid because of that.
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