Any Reefer Drivers Here?

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Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Also, most of the time instructions on order of operations and how to pump DEF will be printed on the pumps.

Jopa's Comment
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Most often, the order of fuelling will depend on where you're fuelling at. Pilot/Flying J usually goes tractor, DEF, reefer. Same with Love's. TA/Petro are a little wonky. Some of their locations, for reasons that defy any sense of logic, have you fill the tractor, pull up and fill the reefer , then hang the pump up, BACK YOUR TRUCK BACK UP TO ALIGN WITH THE DEF PUMP, then call the attendant or walk into the fuel desk to manually authorize DEF. Generally speaking, I avoid doing all 3 at TA or Petro because of this. If necessary, I'll make an extra stop to do the reefer as a separate thing if one of my fuel stops is at a TA or Petro, because doing the Fuel Island Cha-cha is ridiculous.

... I was gonna add that if you do the DEF before the refer than you don't have to move the truck up & back to align the pump with the refer tank ... which is what Fatsquatch is saying ... I've always done it tractor, DEF and then refer but I didn't know some fueling stations require a different order ...

Jopa

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Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Chris L.'s Comment
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When I worked for Sygma they had a separate fuel card for the trailer.

I wonder how much time reefer drivers spend sitting in line to get a trailer washout on average. I didn't have to do that with Sygma as they washed out the trailers at the terminal. I was only on the road 3 days max with that company. Now running flatbed for Prime I went to a blue beacon to get a truck wash and sat in line for 2 hours. Now I just drive a dirty truck or wait till I'm at a terminal and there is no line.

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.

Charles K.'s Comment
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Most often, the order of fuelling will depend on where you're fuelling at. Pilot/Flying J usually goes tractor, DEF, reefer. Same with Love's. TA/Petro are a little wonky. Some of their locations, for reasons that defy any sense of logic, have you fill the tractor, pull up and fill the reefer , then hang the pump up, BACK YOUR TRUCK BACK UP TO ALIGN WITH THE DEF PUMP, then call the attendant or walk into the fuel desk to manually authorize DEF. Generally speaking, I avoid doing all 3 at TA or Petro because of this. If necessary, I'll make an extra stop to do the reefer as a separate thing if one of my fuel stops is at a TA or Petro, because doing the Fuel Island Cha-cha is ridiculous.

But I should say, the oddest way of refueling will be in a (Swift) terminal , DEF pump and Diesel pump are with different numbers, but one slide on the COMDATA card can only be authorized with one pump at a time. So in order to get all three tank filled up, we need at least two authorizations(Fuel hose is just long enough to reach tractor fuel tank and reefer tank, depends on truck position).

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Charles K.'s Comment
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When I worked for Sygma they had a separate fuel card for the trailer.

I wonder how much time reefer drivers spend sitting in line to get a trailer washout on average. I didn't have to do that with Sygma as they washed out the trailers at the terminal. I was only on the road 3 days max with that company. Now running flatbed for Prime I went to a blue beacon to get a truck wash and sat in line for 2 hours. Now I just drive a dirty truck or wait till I'm at a terminal and there is no line.

Exactly! Doing trailer washout is the PITA! But we OTR drivers are not so lucky to have a terminal around the shipper/receiver tho. So, if needed, we still have to wait in line. For Blue Beacons, some location has more than one lane, the more lanes the less time of waiting. But the thing is not about lane, but about those god d*mn rocks! And there are no pull off lane! Grrr!!

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Fatsquatch 's Comment
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When it comes to washouts, unless the inside of the trailer looks like the set of a Saw movie, more often than not I'll just hop up in there and spend a quick 5 minutes either sweeping it out or at least picking out the big chunks, depending on where I'm headed next and how picky they are. But there are definitely times where that's just not an option, in which case you just gotta grin and bear it waiting in line.

James U.'s Comment
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I will either sweep it out or use a little battery powered blower it works really good. I am reading this post as I sit at a wal mart dc in doorsmile.gif

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