Reefer Parking

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NightCrossing's Comment
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I was watching some trucking YouTube videos and this one guy said that reefer drivers will park in a truck stop backwards, in otherwords, nosed in instead of nose out. He said it was a courtesy to other drivers because the reefer will keep the folks parked next to them awake. I've never noticed this. How common is this practice? Is it any more difficult to back OUT of a parking spot than it is to back into one?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Nope.... Some dry van nose in cause they don't like the running of the reefer. But we have APUs also that make noise. Im.not nosing in which is dangerous

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.

APUs:

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Nope. I've never had a "courteous refer driver" park that way around me. I attract noisy refer trailers.

Not much of a good reason to nose into a spot to park. Too dangerous to back out because you cannot see anything behind you, or on either side.

Navypoppop's Comment
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A lot of drivers park nose in to try and protect their "hoods" from being torn off from inexperienced or just inconsiderate drivers. I drove a reefer for years and always tried to park with other reefers to keep the noise in the same area but sometimes someone would leave early and the next driver to take that parking space would complain if he wasn't a reefer driver. I never nosed in because of the difficulty in backing out.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Dan67's Comment
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Same, when I drove refer i never pulled nose in. Its just too dangerous. Park with other refers, yup, all the time.

Sid V.'s Comment
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It probably doesn't happen too often because like you said 90% of the parking spaces don't allow you the space to back out.

I try to nose in as much as i can because i carry a portable generator with me to cook, a/c, heat my truck and i don't feel like lugging it and out of the truck in front of everyone, even though i'm probably just being self conscious.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Since I park late at night and get up and leave later in the morning, nosing in is not a problem to back out that late in the day. I don't do it all the time, but if I'm super tired I do... Just got to pay attention to my heavy duty deer guard cuz I forget that it sticks out bit further since I can't see it.

Laura

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Generally when you see a reefer nose in it is in a spot on a row end by a turn so there is no parking behind them, just open road. With the size and make up of most parking spots its impossible to nose into any spot unless it's straight in on the end. Some will nose in out of courtesy but most of the time they do it so they wont be parked "uphill" or they have trouble backing. If you want to locate the most busted loud reefer unit in a near empty parking lot just look for my truck, they will sandwich me in and leave the other 100 empty spots empty.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Nope. I've never had a "courteous refer driver" park that way around me. I attract noisy refer trailers.

Not much of a good reason to nose into a spot to park. Too dangerous to back out because you cannot see anything behind you, or on either side.

I parked on the leftmost spot in a lot, on a corner with yellow lines meaning no parking painted there, thinking no one would be able to parke on my left and I could get a really good nights sleep with my window open as it was a nice cool night.

I was close to the end of the spot, as was the guy in the next spot around the corner.

Middle of the night a reefer squeezed into the spot in yellow in the picture. I’m in red.

Next night almost the same thing happened at Petro Waterloo NY

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Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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As a flatbed I sometimes feel reefers search us out to park beside at night. Lol. However after about the first week it no longer bothers me. Besides most of the trucks with tripacs are louder than a reefer anyway.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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