CFI Or Heyl Or Paper Transport As My First Job...

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Also they have IRA with match.

ZB's Comment
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Great info and very helpful Big Scott and Kearsey. Thanks so much to all of you my fellow truckers !!!

Auggie69's Comment
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CFI has a yard in Orlando if that's not to far for you. We haul dry van and now have a refer division called CFI Temperature Controlled.

If you change your mind and CFI is currently hiring from your area, come get paid to see the country.

Whatever way you go, be safe and successful.

I read today that CFI is owned by the Canadian TFI which recently purchased UPS Freight. True?

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.
TCB's Comment
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That will vary by person.

I was told that when I was a baby and my mother wanted to shut me up and get me to go to sleep, she put me on the washing machine.

The reefer noise didn't really bother me but I did like it better if I were hauling ice cream or produce and could therefore leave the thing run continuously. With other products, they want it to cycle and I didn't like that so much but it wasn't terrible. For one thing, I used my CPAP thing as a snorkel and buried my head into my sleeping bag and that was enough to cut the racket. Newer reefer units are much quieter than they used to be.

I'd say the reefers on other trucks bothered me more than the one behind me did, and that is going to happen to you at truck stops whether you're pulling one or not. So I would try to park between dry vans or flatbeds and if I had to be next to a reefer I tried to line up such that my bunk wouldn't be too close to their reefer.

This reminds me of something I disliked more than reefers though, and that is trucks without APUs that provide sleeper power by cycling the tractor engine. I did really dislike that which was part of the reason I went IC and got an APU. So that is going to vary by company...you could ask your recruiter about it if that is an issue for you, and current drivers for the companies you're considering.

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Dave, I know you have many years of experience with reefers. If I decide to go with Heyl my biggest concern is noise they make. How bad is it in the night when you try to get some sleep?

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Silly reefer question. What happens if the dispatch states to keep product at 40 degrees, and you are traveling through areas of -10 degrees, is there a chance that the product could freeze? If so, what do you do? I believe Prime uses APU's. I hate parking next to apu's more than reefers. It's like parking next to a lawn mower all night, lol.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

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.

APU's:

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.

Dave Reid's Comment
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"reefer" is actually something of a misnomer. The units supply heating as well as cooling, so if the product needs 40 and it's -10 out, the thing will supply heat.

Most of the loads I hauled that required heat spec'd either 55 degrees or "protect from freezing". Even dry vans can (and do) haul the "protect from freezing" loads in cold weather if they either stay in motion or park at a yard with heated space for trailers.

But when I was with Pride, I hauled a lot of candy that spec'd 55 deg.

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That will vary by person.

I was told that when I was a baby and my mother wanted to shut me up and get me to go to sleep, she put me on the washing machine.

The reefer noise didn't really bother me but I did like it better if I were hauling ice cream or produce and could therefore leave the thing run continuously. With other products, they want it to cycle and I didn't like that so much but it wasn't terrible. For one thing, I used my CPAP thing as a snorkel and buried my head into my sleeping bag and that was enough to cut the racket. Newer reefer units are much quieter than they used to be.

I'd say the reefers on other trucks bothered me more than the one behind me did, and that is going to happen to you at truck stops whether you're pulling one or not. So I would try to park between dry vans or flatbeds and if I had to be next to a reefer I tried to line up such that my bunk wouldn't be too close to their reefer.

This reminds me of something I disliked more than reefers though, and that is trucks without APUs that provide sleeper power by cycling the tractor engine. I did really dislike that which was part of the reason I went IC and got an APU. So that is going to vary by company...you could ask your recruiter about it if that is an issue for you, and current drivers for the companies you're considering.

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Dave, I know you have many years of experience with reefers. If I decide to go with Heyl my biggest concern is noise they make. How bad is it in the night when you try to get some sleep?

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Silly reefer question. What happens if the dispatch states to keep product at 40 degrees, and you are traveling through areas of -10 degrees, is there a chance that the product could freeze? If so, what do you do? I believe Prime uses APU's. I hate parking next to apu's more than reefers. It's like parking next to a lawn mower all night, lol.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

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.

APU's:

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.

TCB's Comment
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That's what I thought. I guess that is why some companies with reefer divisions name them climate controlled divisions.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PackRat's Comment
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CFI has a yard in Orlando if that's not to far for you. We haul dry van and now have a refer division called CFI Temperature Controlled.

If you change your mind and CFI is currently hiring from your area, come get paid to see the country.

Whatever way you go, be safe and successful.

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I read today that CFI is owned by the Canadian TFI which recently purchased UPS Freight. True?

Yes on all.

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.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Any updates / choices on a company, ZB ??

~ Anne ~

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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CFI has a yard in Orlando if that's not to far for you. We haul dry van and now have a refer division called CFI Temperature Controlled.

If you change your mind and CFI is currently hiring from your area, come get paid to see the country.

Whatever way you go, be safe and successful.

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I read today that CFI is owned by the Canadian TFI which recently purchased UPS Freight. True?

Yes. They will be migrating the UPS OTR and Dedicated drivers into CFI.

We also now have a refer division, CFI Temperature Controlled. That came with a purchase of MCT.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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 Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Any updates / choices on a company, ZB ??

~ Anne ~

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Spoke with him. He will be joining us.

I think he will be very successful in this industry if he likes it.

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