Trailer has no chute overhead?

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  1. Qbf594

    Qbf594 Heavy Load Member

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    2006 carrier ultima xtc on a 2008 utility chassis.
    No chute overhead. Strap tracks on the walls. This is not like the reefers I pulled a few years ago. Floor looks right. Drains and such. But where's the chute? I don't think that is optional is it? Screenshot_20200914-205641_Video Player.jpg
     
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  3. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    If you are looking at that used, get a thermal image of that patch. Good odds you will have a hot spot there that will cause claims in the future.

    (An easy way is simply have the seller cool the inside and you shoot it with an infrared thermometer in several places around and on the patch inside and out when you go to look at it.)
     
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    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    Looks like those two round silver objects in the ceiling are lights. That may preclude having a chute. Might have been spec'ed for special purpose that didn't require a chute.
     
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  5. Qbf594

    Qbf594 Heavy Load Member

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    Yes 2 lights and the switch inside the back door.
    Maybe I can get mr money to buy the split chute and install
     
  6. MRMTRANS

    MRMTRANS Bobtail Member

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    You should always be able to install a chute. Look for turnbuckle on the bottom lip of the rectangular hole where the air comes out of the unit. Those are for attaching (particularly detaching easily when removing the unit) the chute. I had a trailer for 17 years with no chute. I never had a load claim, but I primarily hauled potatoes and beer. I did haul other produce occasionally. You just have have to be cautious and let customers know up front there isn't a chute-and confirm with a shipper!! Don't trust when a broker when he says bo chute is fine. You might be driving only to not get loaded. Been there, done that.
     
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  7. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    Never have had a chute... Haul mostly potatoes but have also hauled eggs, and ice cream without any problems
     
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    MRMTRANS Bobtail Member

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    BTW...you can always set the unit to run on high cycle for increased air flow and circulation into rear and floor
     
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  9. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Never had a chute either doing food service. We hauled plenty of frozen back hauls back to the warehouse w/o any issues
     
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  10. Qbf594

    Qbf594 Heavy Load Member

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    Well the 1st load was going to be cabbage...and when even the cabbage people wouldn't load with no chute... we got a chute...lol
    All good. Works fine, happy cabbage happy driver.
    Tx for the insights y'all
     
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  11. MRMTRANS

    MRMTRANS Bobtail Member

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    I am surprised shipper would be picky about cabbage. It is a hearty vegetable-not so air flow sensative, like potatoes. One problem with no chute is temp coming out of the unit-when set at 34-36 degrees-is below freezing around 25 degrees. It can freeze the top layer of the first 2-3 rows of pallets of some produce. Cabbage isn't one of them. It can withstand below 15-20 degrees.
     
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