Swing doors vs roll doors?

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  1. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Light Load Member

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    I have always had swing doors, but so many reefers are roll doors. I've never even been asked what door type I have. Do all or most places allow roll doors?
     
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  3. Bean Jr.

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    Roll doors have a lower clearance than swing doors. I tried to load at a place and they couldn't put the product in the door!

    Forget it! Pull a flatbed instead.
     
  4. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Light Load Member

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    This is the reefer truck section. We don't load super high cold ####, it wouldn't stay cool. And we earn more than flatbed.
     
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I've pulled roll door and swing door.
    Some places won't load a roll up door for the very reason @Bean Jr. posted.
    Double stacked pallets sometimes won't clear and you're not allowed to down stack.
     
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  6. Peter_Bilt

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    The only people you see with roll ups are larger companies who do P&D.
     
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  7. Bean Jr.

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    It was a joke, son!
     
  8. Happily Retired

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    I've pulled both, roll up the way to go. Any company that values their drivers, gives them roll up doors. One reason reefers are roll up, is a lot of cold air is lost just backing in with swing doors and with drivers backing skills today, it would all melt. Swing doors add width backing in( never saw anyone take off a roll up door) and you figure how many times you get in and out with swing doors, setting brakes, etc, roll up the way to go. Funniest thing with roll up doors? When someone drops a trailer in a dock with swing doors thinking it was a roll up,, :thumbup:
     
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  9. kemosabi49

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    Many retail companies like WM, Target etc use roll up doors so the trailers can be dropped in the store's doors with the seal intact. But the roll up door trailer does limit height and to a certain extent width at the point the door comes down.
     
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  10. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Light Load Member

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    What I am trying to work out is if it would be a massive detriment to my business if I had one. I don't want to be turned away from 1 of 10 loads because I have a roll door. 1 of 1000 would be acceptable.
     
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  11. slow.rider

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    I also figured roll up doors were more for local work, multi stops per day. Less time spent docking but not nearly as well insulated against temperature and water.

    If you've ever seen those UPS pups with the clear plastic sticking out the bottom of the door and blowing around, the reason they put that plastic in there is to keep the water that leaks thru the roll door from getting onto the cargo.
     
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