Vented Van Question

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by joker760, May 20, 2013.

  1. joker760

    joker760 Light Load Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Hey guys,
    I'm not too familiar with 'Vented Van Trailers' in general and was wondering what type of produce can actually go in a 'vented van' trailer. I've done some research and found out onions, corn and watermelon can be safely transported in a vented van. Which other products can go in a vented van???

    Also, are there any specific requirements for having a 'vented' trailer...I mean I've seen some trailers with just two small vents which were probably purchased at a Home Depot.

    I ask as I've been checking and as of late there's lots of high paying vented van loads out of Nogales, AZ.

    Thanks in advance for any information you may share with us.

    Good luck and be safe out there.
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  3. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    hastings, Fl
    Potatoes can be hauled in V V' s. Corn is the field corn type, not sweet corn like you buy in the produce section. Onions, yes, some can.Watermelons, certainly. Remember these crops move around to different locations, following a season.
    Vented trailers need an opening in the front. and one in the rear. Trailer shops usually sell kits to install them.
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  4. fortycalglock

    fortycalglock Road Train Member

    Jun 25, 2011
    Tourist Town, FL
    Nursery stock can also be hauled. I prefer the large reefer style vents as the box will stay cooler. They are also required at some shippers like Black Gold, so pay a little bit extra and get the door style vents.
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  5. Marlin46

    Marlin46 Medium Load Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    A good reefer style set will run about $300 - installation shouldn't be all that hard. I think you can add pumpkins and occasionally nursery loads are good on just a VV to the list of possible items to haul. I originally had a box and decided to just spend the $300 for a good set of vents to give me the opportunity at a few more loads. Then a shipper totaled that trailer with a forklift - another day in the trucking business I guess.
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  6. CDL1968

    CDL1968 Medium Load Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Onions have to be vented or they will sour. They say the fumes from an unvented trailer with onions can make you pass out when you open the doors, I don't know how true that is, I've never have seen it happen. Maybe because I always vented my trailer.
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  7. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

    Jan 18, 2011
    Most have been covered--but to continue on ONIONS especially--even well vented they seem to build up more gas than most--so it isn't a bad idea to just open one door occasionally en route--like while fueling etc--Ive found this works pretty well--same with nursery stock--
    just my $.02
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  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    how don't know how anyone can work around onions.

    i walked into a warehouse where all doors were open. and all fans circulating. and almost cried. :biggrin_25525:
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  9. cuzzin it

    cuzzin it Road Train Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Berea, KY
    Pumpkins...... You gotta be careful about axle weights, sometimes the load moves forward or back. :biggrin_255:Schneiders are like that if they are round enough
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  10. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Another necessary thing for dry vans that I discovered on nursery this year. If you have metal or translucent roof.. ..around the 1st of April in the TN area, as the weather warms, most shippers will not load your dry van if the roof is not plywood lined. The hot sun will burn plants that touch the roof. Mine wasn't but 13 sheets of 1/2" 4x8 foam board insulation & a couple of hours later with a helper, it is now.
  11. fortycalglock

    fortycalglock Road Train Member

    Jun 25, 2011
    Tourist Town, FL
    I used luan plywood on a translucent roof I had. Rough job by yourself, but cooled off the van quite a bit.
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