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Bre The Newbie 's Comment
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Im apart of the refrigerated division at my company and it's a sound you get use to overtime. It's quite embarrassing to admit this but one night at a rest stop I was sleep and didnt hear the reefer running. I couldnt remember what load I had and as rookie driver my heart starts racing thinking omg how long has the reefer been off? will the load get rejected? will I be fired? etc. I jumped up put on my warm clothes and ran outside to check the reefer. One thing I forgot. My company needed help with a dry load that day, and I had a dry van not a reefer. I felt so stupid I had a hard time falling back asleep. I guess you can say sometimes drivers depend on hearing that noise to sleep. I'm one of them lol.

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.

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.

000's Comment
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Finally had to quit Prime after 21 months because of that reefer noise messing up my sleep, went dry van with night, same money, more "normal" hour delivery times, no more wasted hours getting trailer wash outs, and many more quality of life improvements, and no more disrupted sleep

This makes no sense to me. At Knight you have to run that truck engine all day & night. Theres no APU so you have to run the engine in the summer for A/C & start-stop for heat. I met one driver who didnt shut off his truck for a week! What's the difference between running that truck engine all night & running the reefer periodically when it's on stop/start?

Oh, and about dry van at Knight? I was told that I may sit for a day or two trying to find an empty trailer in certain areas. Everything has it's good & bad. Shoot, try being that dude in NYC that's paying $2,500 a month for an apartment right next to the train that runs every 10 minutes during rush hour. After a few months, they dont even hear that train. Same with the reefer.

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.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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What noise? I'm from NJ with 4 siblings. Growing up with screaming and fighting made me able to sleep through anything.... even a SWAT team.

Now... if that reefer breakdowns over night.. and it is quiet... i jump up.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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Shoot, try being that dude in NYC that's paying $2,500 a month for an apartment right next to the train that runs every 10 minutes during rush hour.

Blues Brothers

How often does the train go by?

So often you won't even notice it.

PackRat's Comment
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Shoot, try being that dude in NYC that's paying $2,500 a month for an apartment right next to the train that runs every 10 minutes during rush hour.

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Blues Brothers

How often does the train go by?

So often you won't even notice it.

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YES!

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