Reefer Question Need Little Help Please!!

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CarolinaGuy's Comment
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Speaking of being scared Kearsey lol, I have another question for you or any other reefer driver that wants to chime in? Do reefer drivers have to worry about someone turning off your reefer unit when you're either away from your truck or even sleeping during your breaks? Has it happened at all and if so how often would u say that it happens? Is there any type of locking system or code that u need to turn on or off the reefer unit? I would hate to wake up from my break just to find a non running reefer unit, and I don't want to be responsible for a load going bad because someone messed with my reefer unit? So any information you guys or ladies can give me on this is once again much appreciated 👍

Something about reefer newbies get scared of... They think they need to be mechanics for the reefer. Not so. If reefer which is a totally separate engine, starts acting up, I take it to a mechanic. I'm not adding fluids and such.

U push a couple buttons and set it, then fuel it every day to two. Many times we run dry loads and don't use the reefer at all. It isn't as scary as people think.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

G-Town's Comment
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I have a suggestion…

Focus on the following:

The what-if scenario you presented is rather far fetched. In over 8 years running Walmart Dedicated, never happened to me or any of the other 200 drivers assigned to my DC.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BK's Comment
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Speaking of being scared Kearsey lol, I have another question for you or any other reefer driver that wants to chime in? Do reefer drivers have to worry about someone turning off your reefer unit when you're either away from your truck or even sleeping during your breaks? Has it happened at all and if so how often would u say that it happens? Is there any type of locking system or code that u need to turn on or off the reefer unit? I would hate to wake up from my break just to find a non running reefer unit, and I don't want to be responsible for a load going bad because someone messed with my reefer unit? So any information you guys or ladies can give me on this is once again much appreciated 👍

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Something about reefer newbies get scared of... They think they need to be mechanics for the reefer. Not so. If reefer which is a totally separate engine, starts acting up, I take it to a mechanic. I'm not adding fluids and such.

U push a couple buttons and set it, then fuel it every day to two. Many times we run dry loads and don't use the reefer at all. It isn't as scary as people think.

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Reefers are simple to operate. It’s mostly automatic and does not need tending. When you are loaded you set the temp by pushing a few easy to learn buttons and it runs until you get unloaded. Then you turn it off. My company wants me to check the digital display screen about 3 times a day. So if I’m starting in the morning, I will send in the set temp and the box temp with the trailer number on the ELD macro. Takes about 30 seconds if you really milk it. When I do the temp checks, I also check the fuel gauge on the trailer fuel tank to make sure I have plenty of fuel. If you can operate a microwave, you can run a reefer. It’s easy even for a Neanderthal like me.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Nope. Never had anyone turn it off..had someone yell at me for parking next to her. But it was the last space. Screw her. Our reefers are connected to road assist and dispatch. If the temps go out of range for any reason, alarms get sent to them and our QC. Worst case scenario, dispatch would call the driver. Only once did my reefer break and require me to keep restarting it.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Speaking of being scared Kearsey lol, I have another question for you or any other reefer driver that wants to chime in? Do reefer drivers have to worry about someone turning off your reefer unit when you're either away from your truck or even sleeping during your breaks? Has it happened at all and if so how often would u say that it happens? Is there any type of locking system or code that u need to turn on or off the reefer unit? I would hate to wake up from my break just to find a non running reefer unit, and I don't want to be responsible for a load going bad because someone messed with my reefer unit? So any information you guys or ladies can give me on this is once again much appreciated 👍

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Something about reefer newbies get scared of... They think they need to be mechanics for the reefer. Not so. If reefer which is a totally separate engine, starts acting up, I take it to a mechanic. I'm not adding fluids and such.

U push a couple buttons and set it, then fuel it every day to two. Many times we run dry loads and don't use the reefer at all. It isn't as scary as people think.

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Never experienced that myself. I have never heard of it happening. It's much more likely that dispatch will change something on the reefer settings remotely because on their end load profile shows a different temp setting than the actual BOL. I have also woken up to the unit being off and a message from dispatch that I shouldn't have the unit running when not on a load. That happened twice. Once I forgot to turn the unit off after being unloaded and the other time I had the trailer pre-coolimg for a load and night time dispatch was not aware of the assignment.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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