Swift Refrigerated

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Gladhand's Comment
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Hey Big T, was wondering the average length of haul you see on reefer. Rochelle's terminal leader told me they tend to be a bit longer. I am sure there are short loads too. Hoping refrigerated ends up being something that works well for me.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Junkyard Dog'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.

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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?

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This is why I love this forum. When I first started driving I just went off duty. But I have saved myself so many hours especially if I'm stuck at one of those special Walmart DC's that you're there 8 hours or more. Only a couple of them but I've learned to take advantage of those excruciating situations

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big T's Comment
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I'll look through my book and get you an actual answer, but yes they tend to be longer than dry van.

It cracks me up sometimes when I go to a dry terminal and they have the "no deadhead" signs because on reefer I've deadheaded 500 miles to pick up a meat load.

Hey Big T, was wondering the average length of haul you see on reefer. Rochelle's terminal leader told me they tend to be a bit longer. I am sure there are short loads too. Hoping refrigerated ends up being something that works well for me.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

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.

Gladhand's Comment
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I'll look through my book and get you an actual answer, but yes they tend to be longer than dry van.

It cracks me up sometimes when I go to a dry terminal and they have the "no deadhead" signs because on reefer I've deadheaded 500 miles to pick up a meat load.

Appreciate it. Really hoping I have a good experience on the cold box side.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

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.

Big T's Comment
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Yeah you learn real quick which places you are probably going to get stuck at. I know Costco I'm usually in and out within two hours. Albertson's on the other hand usually allows me a reset at their docks lol.

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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.

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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?

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This is why I love this forum. When I first started driving I just went off duty. But I have saved myself so many hours especially if I'm stuck at one of those special Walmart DC's that you're there 8 hours or more. Only a couple of them but I've learned to take advantage of those excruciating situations

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cwc's Comment
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Gladhand... I've always been under the assumption that refrigerated drivers sit a lot... Any chance you would keep a weekly/biweekly log and see rather that holds true in comparison to dry van?

Again I don't know that it's just what I had assumed.

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.
Big T's Comment
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Just a quick number crunch using my ranking numbers comes out to an average of 579 and change. My year miles on the portal right now are 144,378 on 249 dispatched loads. It's a little misleading because it includes a lot of 1 to 50 mile runs I've done to help out.

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I'll look through my book and get you an actual answer, but yes they tend to be longer than dry van.

It cracks me up sometimes when I go to a dry terminal and they have the "no deadhead" signs because on reefer I've deadheaded 500 miles to pick up a meat load.

double-quotes-end.png

Appreciate it. Really hoping I have a good experience on the cold box side.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

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.

Gladhand's Comment
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Gladhand... I've always been under the assumption that refrigerated drivers sit a lot... Any chance you would keep a weekly/biweekly log and see rather that holds true in comparison to dry van?

Again I don't know that it's just what I had assumed.

Will do, I think there may be advantage to running reefer freight due to less reefer drivers at Swift. Doing dry van at Swift you can hit good miles, just wanting to see how reefer will be. Will keep yall updated.

Just a quick number crunch using my ranking numbers comes out to an average of 579 and change. My year miles on the portal right now are 144,378 on 249 dispatched loads. It's a little misleading because it includes a lot of 1 to 50 mile runs I've done to help out.

Thanks for that Big T, now I just gotta wait these few days out. Hope i am in a truck and running by Tuesday. We will see.

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.

Gladhand's Comment
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Flying into Phoenix tomorrow to pick up a 2020 International LT. Been wanting to drive one of those trucks and got one. Used to Freightliner so I know it will take a little bit to get used to the buttons and what not. Hopefully Ill have a load sometime tomorrow and be cruising down the road with a reefer on my back.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Flying into Phoenix tomorrow to pick up a 2020 International LT. Been wanting to drive one of those trucks and got one. Used to Freightliner so I know it will take a little bit to get used to the buttons and what not. Hopefully Ill have a load sometime tomorrow and be cruising down the road with a reefer on my back.

The single-bunk one I had once had plenty of cabinet storage. Do you know what type you’ll be getting?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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