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Jim J's Comment
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Quick question, how the heck do you get the hooks for the bulkheads off of the ceiling? LOL

More specifically what do you use when the short piece of rope that's supposed to be there has been broken off? I know how to work the mechanism to raise and lower the bulkheads but when they have been raised all the way up I can't quite reach them. LOL

Also, if all I have is frozen left for the last stop. Do I close off both sets, isolating the middle section or just the back ones?

Thanks, JJ

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Quick question, how the heck do you get the hooks for the bulkheads off of the ceiling? LOL

More specifically what do you use when the short piece of rope that's supposed to be there has been broken off? I know how to work the mechanism to raise and lower the bulkheads but when they have been raised all the way up I can't quite reach them. LOL

Also, if all I have is frozen left for the last stop. Do I close off both sets, isolating the middle section or just the back ones?

Thanks, JJ

G Town is a reefer Whiz. He'll chime in soon. Yes........You Too Rainy!!!!!

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Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Isaac H.'s Comment
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Just make sure all the zones are reading about the same at your frozen temperature. Some people shut down one our two zones to save on diesel.

Also, You don't want one zone set at-10 and another at 28.

Also, if all I have is frozen left for the last stop. Do I close off both sets, isolating the middle section or just the back ones?

Thanks, JJ

Isaac H.'s Comment
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My beginning part didn't post.

I just take the bulkheads out and make one big zone.

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Jim J's Comment
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I may need to be a bit more specific. I need some sort of hook to grab the carabiner gizmos on the end of the bulkhead ropes when they aren't attached to the bulkheads themselves but are raised all the way to the ceiling. Just wondering if I can pick something up at Walmart or home Depot. These are Walmart refers btw.

Thanks, JJ

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Kat's Comment
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I've never seen bulkheads in a Prime reefer....

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Never pulled a reefer with bulkheads, but if you're tall enough I'd imagine a long 5th wheel puller would work. They sell 36" pullers at most truck stops.

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Jim J's Comment
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I've apparently been shanghai 'd by Walmart dedicated for their refer division. No training in operation of the refer or its interior hardware. I asked the planners/dispatchers this morning about it and all.they could do was shake there heads and wish me a nice day. Good thing I have a sense of humor.

I love this kind.of stuff anyway...and away we go...I'm off again to New Jersey, that's another thread all by itself. LOL!

I really do love this job but Swift is truly trying my patients. LOL

Later, JJ

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
G-Town's Comment
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I've apparently been shanghai 'd by Walmart dedicated for their refer division. No training in operation of the refer or its interior hardware. I asked the planners/dispatchers this morning about it and all.they could do was shake there heads and wish me a nice day. Good thing I have a sense of humor.

I love this kind.of stuff anyway...and away we go...I'm off again to New Jersey, that's another thread all by itself. LOL!

I really do love this job but Swift is truly trying my patients. LOL

Later, JJ

Jim give me a minute to respond...

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
G-Town's Comment
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Jim J asked:

Quick question, how the heck do you get the hooks for the bulkheads off of the ceiling? LOL

More specifically what do you use when the short piece of rope that's supposed to be there has been broken off? I know how to work the mechanism to raise and lower the bulkheads but when they have been raised all the way up I can't quite reach them. LOL

Also, if all I have is frozen left for the last stop. Do I close off both sets, isolating the middle section or just the back ones?

Thanks, JJ

Walmart reefers are three zone temperature controlled for consolidated loading; with two sets of bulkheads isolating the three zones. They cannot be removed. This is to allow for loading on a single reefer , different product requiring different temperature settings, loaded on the same reefer.

If the rope is too short I have a milk crate I stand on or I ask for an assist from the unloader (with an electric pallet jack) to raise me up high enough to grab the short piece of rope. To release the rope, pull it away from the trailer sidewall and down with one hand, while pulling on the hook end of the rope with the other hand. There is a hook in the middle lower edge of each bulkhead half you then attach the hook to and pull straight up on the rope. It should lock in place, unless it’s frozen and then sometimes it won't lock. To release, repeat initial step. If the rope is broken or the pulley won't lock, there is a set of chains on the each side that you can use to hold the bulkhead door up and away. Sounds like you have an older unit. Newer ones have very long ropes. If I had only frozen left (which is) I'd have the pallets pushed to the nose, reset that zone (zone 1) to -20, close the bulkhead doors and shut down zones 2 & 3.

Sorry no one from Swift showed you the ropes (no pun intended). They should have explained this s you have an older unit; to you (no sh**). I hope they at least reviewed the load map and where the different store pallets are placed on your trailer and the associated paper-work process. Let me know if you have other questions.

Below is an image of the bulkhead separating zone 2&3 in the "up" position. In the distance is the bulkhead separating zone 1&2 in the "down" position. You can clearly see from the image that in this case the center zone (zone 2 is freezer).

view inside trailer with bulkheads separating sections

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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