Winter Question My Dad Warned Me About

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Reaper's Comment
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So my dad warned me about being careful to clean the top of my trailer and top of truck clear of snow during winter to avoid fines. How is this done? Any easy way besides going under a haircut close overpass?

Rick S.'s Comment
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Interesting this is though.

Trucking companies typically forbid drivers from climbing on top of van-style trailers (like, as if there was a way you could do it), mainly due to the risks of going thru the roof (trailer roofs aren't designed to support much weight) or falling and injuring yourself (workmans comp, liability claims, etc.).

There are "snow removal stations" out there - but good luck finding them. You could also hit a truck wash - if you find one open in snowy weather (kinda like finding a carwash open in the rain).

Or you could roll the dice and hope for the best (the best being, your snow/ice comes off and doesn't hit anyone causing an accident or damage).


Reaper's Comment
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So what do I do to get rid of snow? I'll be driving reefer and this is actually a bit unnerving for me. I've tried Google but nothing reliable turned up.


A refrigerated trailer.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I once saw a team throw a long strap over it and walk along each side.dragging the snow to the back.

But essentially you do nothing. The snow removal stations look like huge clearance.bars that store would put up to keep us from going in. Although I have seen them online....I have yet to see one in life. Truck washes are indeed hard to find in some can't find parking for 100 miles or more at times.

You are worrying too much about things that don't matter. Study, get trained, and get on the road. Keep doing the high road. ;)

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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I've been pulling reefers for 5 years now, and I have never once made any effort to clear snow off the roof of either my truck or trailer. Nor have I ever been fined or hassled about it. And if you look for it, you'll see a lot of trucks cruising along with triangular wedges of snow at the rear of the roof of their trailers. Don't worry about it.


A refrigerated trailer.

Reaper's Comment
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OK thank you guys for the help. I was scared it was a major infraction against my cdl if not cleared. Thank you for putting that fear at ease.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Bryn J.'s Comment
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Did CT have a law that applied to all vehicles about removing snow from the vehicle?

Kevin H.'s Comment
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A number of places I go to regularly have a Polar Blade, but I always assumed that reason was to make sure that the extra weight of the snow doesn't make you overweight, I've never actually used one though, I don't know if they're there just for the yard people to use or what.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Reaper...didn't you ask ur dad?

Mr M's Comment
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I delivered at a place in Ogden, UT that had a sign up stating if your load is overweight they will not rework it until all snow has been removed. This is my first winter and I have yet to remove it.

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