Swift Refrigerated

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Gladhand's Comment
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I'm going to be hauling a reefer for Swift Refrigerated and I'll share my experiences here.

Went back to Walmart dedicated after the situation with my brother. Now that things have settled I am headed back to the road. Thought this time around I would try hauling different freight to get a new experience on the road. Will be out of the Rochelle, IL terminal. They are getting a new dm so they aren't going to start me until Monday. Assuming Ill run a dry load out of Albuquerque to a place where I can get a reefer.

Crazy to think I hit 3 years of driving a few weeks back. Time really flies. Hoping to stay out this time and do some things that I have been wanting to do this summer. Be safe everyone!

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.

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.

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.

Cwc's Comment
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Hey time does fly! I might be passing you, if I can get empty here in Phoenix.

What's on your summer bucket list?

Gladhand's Comment
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Hey time does fly! I might be passing you, if I can get empty here in Phoenix.

What's on your summer bucket list?

Not necessarily exciting for some but I want to catch the Rockies in Denver at coors field and go to Suntrust Park in Atlanta. It is a bucket list of mine to visit every MLB ballpark.

Cwc's Comment
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Cool! I'm looking at buying my first house so I don't see any major vacations for the first year... But a guided kayak fishing trip might not be out of the question. Possibly some scuba diving in FL.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Welcome to the chilly side Gladhand. Time does fly. I remember the two of us wide eyed and timid, on here.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Great to hear things are going well for you!

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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Gladhand

Congratulations on the new gig. Refer is different to say the least.

I like it better than doing dry van. But the waiting with refer to get loaded or unloaded can also be a pain.

Raptor

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.
Gladhand's Comment
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Gladhand

Congratulations on the new gig. Refer is different to say the least.

I like it better than doing dry van. But the waiting with refer to get loaded or unloaded can also be a pain.

Raptor

Definitely not looking forward to the unload/load times. Are the lengths of haul fairly long? It is the main reason why I wanted to do reefer. Its nice to drive a little more and be at customers less. Hopefully I will run into you somewhere on the road (figuratively speaking).

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.

Jim S.'s Comment
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I hear that receivers make reefers wait long because they see merchandise that is being kept refrigerated as not needing to be offloaded in a hurry. Do you guys find that to be true? Does Swift, or any of the companies where any of you work pay detention? Do any of you guys do a split shift if you know that you will be waiting longer than two hours to unload? Do companies still pay detention if you count your wait time as off duty?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Big T's Comment
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With a lot of these warehouses the unloading doesn't actually take that long. The time consuming part is the breaking down pallets, counting product, etc.

Swift pays detention after two hours and at least with my fleet you don't have to be on duty.

As far as split sleeper birth goes; I hit the sleeper as soon as I am docked and no longer responsible for anything. That way if it takes longer than eight hours I can still roll.

I hear that receivers make reefers wait long because they see merchandise that is being kept refrigerated as not needing to be offloaded in a hurry. Do you guys find that to be true? Does Swift, or any of the companies where any of you work pay detention? Do any of you guys do a split shift if you know that you will be waiting longer than two hours to unload? Do companies still pay detention if you count your wait time as off duty?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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