Refrigerated Intermodal

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Dawn's Comment
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Any of you ladies done the refrigerated intermodal? I have been doing research on it. Got a general idea about it. But I am curious since it is reefer , do you drive in normally and check in and drop it off the full trailer, then pick up an empty and go on your next destination? Got my permit and looking forward to get started on my next step. But want to check out more information on intermodal. My husband wants to get his CDL also, so we can be a team. Thanks for any information.

CDL:

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi and welcome! intermodals are usually a local type of job in that you are centralized in one rail yard. I drove intermodal reefer in chicago, and it is basically pick up full trailer from yard, drop it at the customer.within 250 miles then take the trailer back. Theres a ton of security cause of the rail yard. and your credentials only work at the rail you pick up from.

because of the short distance it is not usually a team job. teams run coast to coast in a matter.of a few days. JB Hunt seems to be the largest inteemodal company, but swift, prime and many others have them.

what is it about intermodal that grabbed your interest?

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Dawn's Comment
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Just wanted to get all different kinds of information. I going to check out more of regional in dry van or reefer. Thank you so much Rainy for the information.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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