Reefer Loads /Drop And Hook

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Rainy 's Comment
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On another thread some of you guys were asking about loads and drop and hooks, various divisions. Many people think reefer never has drop and hook , not true.

I figured I would post this week. I came from home time on Tues 3/26. Today is Mon 4/1.

I did 5 loads, hooked to 6 different trailers, 4 live load/unloads, 1 multi stop load.

Total Miles thus far is 2451. My payroll cutoff is Wed noon, and i have time on my 70. I could easily run another 700+miles by then, but I am taking a class at the terminal and picking up a new trainee.

My base pay puts that at $1,176 plus safety, fuel, on time delivery, referral, bonuses, 2 extra stop pay, and 2.5 hours of detention pay.

Although i get a higher pay rate for a full size truck, I get paid 1cpm less than the lightweight trucks. So me with 3+ years would get $1176, a brand new driver in a lightweight would get $1200 (plus the add ons).

Just food for thought.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Don't you hate all the extra work cranking landing gear? I know I do.

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RealDiehl's Comment
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Don't you hate all the extra work cranking landing gear? I know I do.

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I know you're being sarcastic but sometimes the trailer gods are cruel. My last two have had winches that only work in low gear. What a pain in the behind!

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I know. I was only half sarcastic. I prefer live load/unloads.

PackRat's Comment
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Don't you hate all the extra work cranking landing gear? I know I do.

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I know you're being sarcastic but sometimes the trailer gods are cruel. My last two have had winches that only work in low gear. What a pain in the behind!

Cordless drill with a homemade adapter cures that problem.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I'll take live load/unload for 1000, anytime. I hate some of these gearing winches, crank handles that are bent. It's like how hard is to write up on a red tag that the winch is having trouble. Or trailer tires that are beyond 2/32". In other words, bald. But then that would be doing some work. I should have remembered that. Can't have people working.

I guess I'm a little sensitive about it when the last 3 trailers I've had have had things wrong and looks like for awhile.

Raptor

Rob T.'s Comment
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I guess I'm a little sensitive about it when the last 3 trailers I've had have had things wrong and looks like for awhile.

Never any excuse to not get equipment fixed. However if you drop a trailer it isn't going to delay you to report it so I dont understand why drivers don't. They could likely come fix it before the next driver comes to pick it up. Despite it being irritating and costing you money you're doing the right thing raptor

Bruce K.'s Comment
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"Cordless drill with a homemade adapter cures that problem."

I'm happy to see PackRat posted that. I have made one for myself and it is a fantastic tool to use. But there are obvious safety considerations, like the handle spinning around at a speed faster than hand cranking. Don't get your noggin in the way or you might lower your IQ by about 25 points each time. It could potentially break an arm or wrist, break your jaw or knock out some teeth (which teeth depends on the direction of spin). And it works best with a real heavy duty cordless that can be operated at a slow RPM, for obvious safety reasons.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I have had to crank legs upto 16 times in one day, really fun when you get ones that take all your effort to turn.

PackRat's Comment
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"Cordless drill with a homemade adapter cures that problem."

I'm happy to see PackRat posted that. I have made one for myself and it is a fantastic tool to use. But there are obvious safety considerations, like the handle spinning around at a speed faster than hand cranking. Don't get your noggin in the way or you might lower your IQ by about 25 points each time. It could potentially break an arm or wrist, break your jaw or knock out some teeth (which teeth depends on the direction of spin). And it works best with a real heavy duty cordless that can be operated at a slow RPM, for obvious safety reasons.

The thing I’m thinking of attaches directly to the mechanism after removal of the crank handle.

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