Podcast 11: The Differences Between Dry Van, Flatbed, And Refrigerated

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey everyone, we have another new episode of our podcast "The Road Home" and it's titled:

The Differences Between Dry Van , Refrigerated, And Flatbed

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New drivers coming into the industry have several options when it comes to the type of freight they'd like to haul, but the main contenders are dry van, refrigerated, and flatbed. There are some similarities between them, but some very significant differences that you'll want to understand before making a decision. So we'll discuss how each relate to each other when it comes to pay, home time, available miles, job duties, and the regions of the country you'll be running.

Enjoy!

The Differences Between Dry Van, Refrigerated, And Flatbed

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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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Ok so I just got done listening to your podcast for this week and I have to admit that I am a little perplexed about seeing the country. When you talked about refrigerated you said that I would be more likely to see more of the country, but will I still be able to see a good chunck of the country with flatbed and oversize loads? I would love to haul like excavators and farm equipment and such but I also really want my trucking career to also be about seeing the country and enjoying the scenery of nature. Thanks Brett though because this did open my eyes to what freight to look for in which seasons. Thanks again for an excellent podcast!smile.gif

Dm:

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.
Old School's Comment
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Victor, all Brett is saying is that with reefer loads you are more likely to get longer runs, maybe even some coast to coast stuff. You can still cross the country doing 400 and 500 mile legs at a time. I started as a flat-bed driver and I ran 46 of the lower 48 in my first three months out here. You concentrate on safely getting things done our here in a way that shows you understand how to manage your time, and you will definitely see the country.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Ok I got a little worried there for a moment. You know I guess that's the good thing about Swift and these other mega companies because I can switch when freight is slow and I am not turning the miles I would like. That's just another bonus!

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