Regardless of what type of semi trailer you're hauling, it's important to load it correctly. Improper loading can lead to various problems including damage to the freight or the trailer, injuries to people tasked with unloading the trailer at your destination, etc.
Proper loading of a refrigerated semi trailer (frequently referred to as a "reefer" trailer) is especially important. Not only can items shift or fall if the trailer contents aren't arranged correctly, but cooled items can also reach unsafe temperatures and spoilage can occur if you aren't careful.
Below are eight steps you should take every time you use a reefer trailer-whether it's one in your fleet or a leased or rented semi trailer.
The Right Way to Load a Reefer Semi Trailer
If you do the following when loading a reefer semi trailer, you'll help ensure that the goods you're hauling stay properly cooled and that your equipment doesn't have to work overtime to keep them that way.
Hauling a Reefer Semi Trailer: Ensuring Proper Cooling at the Start and Along the Way
If the reefer semi trailer you're hauling is one you haven't used before, be sure you understand all of its features and functions. For example, many reefers offer cooling in either automatic or continuous mode. In automatic mode, the unit operates as needed. This mode takes less fuel and shortens the engine run time. In continuous mode, the engine and refrigeration system are always running. This mode uses more fuel but is necessary when a load needs precise, unwavering temperature control.
Also, most reefer semi trailers require that you press Enter after changing the temperature setting. Unlike a home thermostat, on which all you have to do is press the up or down button, a cooling unit requires that you press Enter to confirm the change.
And these are just a few pointers. Getting familiar with your reefer trailer before you start your trip can save you time and protect your payload if you need to change settings or take other actions while on the road. The last thing you want is to be hauling perishables on a blazing hot July day and have a problem arise that you don't know how to handle!
Speaking of being on the road... A well-maintained reefer semi trailer, like we offer for rent or lease at Boxwheel Trailer Leasing, will have no problem keeping your cargo cool, even on a long trek. However, since the most carefully loaded cargo can shift at times, it's important to check on your load periodically to ensure that it's staying cool. For example, if part of a pallet were to buckle and its contents then became a "roadblock" to ground-level airflow, that could change the cooling dynamic in the trailer.
Get the Right Reefer Semi Trailer for the Job!
None of the advice above will help you complete a job successfully if you don't have a high-quality reefer semi trailer that can accommodate the goods you need to haul. If you have questions about reefer trailers-from specs to how to operate them-our team at Boxwheel is happy to provide answers. We can help you determine what equipment will meet your needs, and then our three-step process makes it simple to pick up a semi trailer and get on the road.
And we offer more than just reefer trailers. If you need a flatbed, liftgate or dry van trailer from great names like Wabash, Utility and Great Dane, we can help you with that, too. Contact us today to learn about our large inventory of rental semi trailers and semi trailers for sale.
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