Prime Drivers Fueling Question

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Shaun C.'s Comment
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I recently upgraded to solo and on the reefer side of the house. When I drop at my 90 and am done with that trip.and start with a new 01, my trainer instructed me that youj want 3/4 of a tank at least starting a new trip. The trick was he was lease and could fill up wherever, I am company. If I need to fill the reefer up and not the truck what do I do. I asked my fm and he stated run a macro 27 which doesn't make sense because it could put you 200 or so mil es away. Can someone please help as I am confused. Thank you for the help.

Fm:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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The easy way:

Macro 27 and state you have 1/4 or below a tank and it will give you the nearest station. If its expensive it will tell you to fuel 50 gallons only (which is enough anyways).

Its an automated message.

The hard way:

Send your DM a message asking him to open the fuel stop for you for reefer fuel. A few minutes later you'll get a confirmation message for reefer fuel.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Night dispatch often wants a specific gallon amount. So write "25 gallons for reefer plz @ (fuel stop code).

Do you know the codes for the fuel stops? Use the app or fuel book. On the app is a "fuel and services" button. It will give you the codes for nearby fuel stops and washouts, as well as the prices. If you choose the cheapest place in the area your FM will be happy. The codes are usually the state initials and three numbers (ex NE224 for Nebraska flying).

If you hit on the Navgo:

Where to>point of interest> trucking > fuel> nearby

It will give you the nearby stops along with their pricing and fuel stop codes.

You can also send dispatch a request "100 gallons @" for truck and reefer. Most nights and weekend guys just approve. Some FMs will try to point you to the cheapest in the area.

Also, if you want reefer only, you can call Primes main number and get the fuel desk. Tell them you need reefer and give.them your truck and fuel stop code. They can only open for reefer, not truck..

Hope this helps.

Fm:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Its a really simple process dont overthink it. This situation happens a hundred times a day, its not a bizarre request for anyone in the office.

Eric G.'s Comment
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You really only need to have 3/4 to full if your dropping at your 01. If you have a live load then just make sure you have enough until you get to your next fuel stop.

Also shut it off until your loaded, unless you need to precool for your next load. Which precooling takes about 30-45 minutes depending on how warm it is now.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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You really only need to have 3/4 to full if your dropping at your 01. If you have a live load then just make sure you have enough until you get to your next fuel stop.

I may not be with Prime, but I can tell you two places right off the top of my head that Prime goes that will kick you out if you don't show up with the needle on F, live or drop: General Mills in Carson, CA and Americold in Henderson, NV. Also if you're loading out of Henderson, make sure you start precooling AT LEAST 2 hours before your appointment. If your reefer isn't down to -10 by your appointment, you'll be marked as a work-in and get stuck there all day.

Trust me.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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You really only need to have 3/4 to full if your dropping at your 01. If you have a live load then just make sure you have enough until you get to your next fuel stop.

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I may not be with Prime, but I can tell you two places right off the top of my head that Prime goes that will kick you out if you don't show up with the needle on F, live or drop: General Mills in Carson, CA and Americold in Henderson, NV. Also if you're loading out of Henderson, make sure you start precooling AT LEAST 2 hours before your appointment. If your reefer isn't down to -10 by your appointment, you'll be marked as a work-in and get stuck there all day.

Trust me.

Agreed I just went to General Mills with it full and the needle was slightly under. I showed him my fuel receipt. The guy brought out the measuring stick to see if the needle was correct.

I gave a long explanation because I once told night dispatch I needed truck and reefer fuel. They only approved 25 gallons which was not going to get the truck from tupelo to Atlanta and back to anniston. I was told at that point to tell them the number of gallons.

Many of night dispatch is new and I don't think they know how big our tanks are or how far we can get on the fuel. Giving them an amount limits confusion.

They used to just give 25 gallons for reefer and 150 gallons for truck. Now they want a specific number. Go figure. Only a certain amount of fuel can fit in a tank lol

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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BTW...company drivers can only run a Macro 27 every 12 hours. So if you got the load assignment earlier that day, it will tell you "too soon"

Shaun C.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone for the advice e and heads up. I will remember this and put it in my knowledge book along with everything else. It really is helpful especially with all the new stuff on being solo.

icecold24k's Comment
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BTW...company drivers can only run a Macro 27 every 12 hours. So if you got the load assignment earlier that day, it will tell you "too soon"

This is good to know. Thanks for this info. I know sometimes I see I am going to be really low on fuel and try to run it and got the too soon message. Now it makes sense.

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