Sleeping in your reefer trailer.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by TruckDriver23, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. TruckDriver23

    TruckDriver23 Light Load Member

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    It is about 92 here in Chicago and I'm waiting to be loaded. My company won't or does not like us idling past 10% or something close to that. Plus, the AC just went out in the truck before we got here.

    Sucks. On topic, we had a 4 hr break today and since we really can't ile the truck we about melted in our seats and bunk. After an hour of being on fire I said the hell with this and got in the trailer and made a bed. Nice and cool.

    I was wondering what desperate measures you have gone to stay cool.
     
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    lv gn Heavy Load Member

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  4. TruckDriver23

    TruckDriver23 Light Load Member

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    I don't know why my first post was like that.
     
  5. BullGoose

    BullGoose Light Load Member

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    Sleeping in your refer isn't really safe, of course. There is always some jerk who will lock you in there. Way back when, while sitting in grain lines we used to sleep in the corn. Grain keeps it's cool well, especially if you burrow in a little bit. There was no worry about idle time, it was just that we only dreamed of working A/C.
     
  6. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You need to keep the latches locked out so you can't be locked in, but you don't want to be bothered by someone trying to steal your cargo.


    Overhead door or swing doors?
     
  7. TruckDriver23

    TruckDriver23 Light Load Member

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    Someone would have to be a major D to do that. I'm going to start doing that here on out. Not much choice when you have two drivers and you switch who gets the bunk day to day.

    Sleeping on corn. Funny. I felt some people were looking at me funny saying "why is he getting in the trailer with a pillow and blanket."

    I didn't care, though.

    I don't go in from the back doors. Our trailers have side doors as well. I go in there.

    I'm no regular trucker. At all my stops except 1 I have to unload manually by a ramp and dolly.
     
  8. Powell-Peralta

    Powell-Peralta Road Train Member

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    i've done the refer thing---in a straight truck. You have to make sure the latch (mine was rollup door) is locked in the open position. It's not so much someone would want to lock you in there, but with some people they have a compulsion to close everything neatly----it drives them insane to see something not locked or half-put-away. It's a subconcious, automatic thing. And they might close it not knowing someone was in there.


    2) i can't get my stupid hi-idle to work, so i might soak some towels in a bucket of water and try sleeping with them on top of me.
     
  9. northstarfire0693

    northstarfire0693 Medium Load Member

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    Hey man do what you got to do to stay cool. as was said lock you door in the open. Dont want some jerk to lock yoi in there then turn your reefer down to -20.

    Also dont let CARB find out your doing that. They will come up with a law that says you cant run your reefer for driver comfort...lol
     
  10. Garager

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    I buy drinking water by the gallons and place them in the trailer to be kept cool. I will also store some food back there. Sleeping in the trailer, well that's not a bad idea, I would too, but my A/C works great in the rig.
     
  11. primexample

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    Tell your company you need a apu (Auxuillary power unit)
     
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