Why do brokers want you running do not freeze loads at 35?

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  1. chalplec

    chalplec Light Load Member

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    It's happened twice in the past week. Must pre-cool to 35 and set at 35. First place just said do not freeze on the BOL. The second said 33-80 do not freeze. First was bottled drinks second was canned drinks. Why does the broker want me to waste fuel? I set both to 70 and ran with it.
     
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  3. kranky1

    kranky1 Road Train Member

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    If you’re running for broker rates a little bit of reefer fuel is the least of your worries. You could leave that unit run 24/7 and it still wouldn’t cost you as much money as the thieves do.
     
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    wichris Road Train Member

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    Next post will be i got a claim.
     
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    kranky1 Road Train Member

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    That’s a game a lot of the time too. See how fast the claim goes away when you tell them to put the claimed material back on the truck.
     
  6. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

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    If you want to pull reefer and ignore temp settings, don't cry about a claim. Or go back to a van/open deck.
     
  7. Six9GS

    Six9GS Road Train Member

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    Well, if the BOL says 35, I set it at 35. But, with a range like 33 to 80, yea, I'd set it at 70 and not worry.
    I've had numerous loads that simply say don't let cargo freeze. So, reefer stays off unless outside temp goes below 32, then I'll turn the reefer on to 40. That just what I do. Haven't had problems yet.
     
  8. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    Pretty much no difference in fuel at 35 vs 70. Once it gets to the set point. Like a fridge. If you leave the door closed. It does the same work keeping it at one temperature. Plus reefer units barely use any fuel. So your risking a claim to save pennies. Not very smart.
     
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    kranky1 Road Train Member

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    My chillys were late’70’s early ‘80’s trailers, NWD30 units with Mercedes engines. I’d almost rather leave the stupid things running than try to get them started again when I needed them.
     
  10. DRTDEVL

    DRTDEVL Heavy Load Member

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    Do not freeze in June? Reefer is off.

    Do not freeze in winter? Turn reefer on, close doors, wait for boot process to complete. Set temp to current box temp (Ex. 43.2 in box, set to 43; 57.5 in box, set to 58). This uses the least amount of fuel, as it is maintaining the product at the warehouse/production facility temp.
     
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