Reefer for Transportation People vs. Everyone Else

If you’re a seasoned trucking pro, you know that the term “reefer” is a badge of honor in the trucking world. But to the rest of the world, “reefer” often conjures up images of reefer madness like the 1936 exploitation film about the dangers of marijuana.

Reefer Transportation People vs. Non-Transportation People

A reefer is a refrigerated trailer. And let me tell you, hauling a reefer is not for the faint of heart. These babies require a whole different level of attention and care, you gotta make sure the refrigeration unit works properly to make sure the temperature inside is just right for the perishable goods transported. Heaven forbid you get stuck in a traffic jam on a hot summer day with a load of frozen shrimp! That’s a whole new level of stress right there.

But the rewards of hauling a refrigerated load can be sweet. The pay is better. And let’s be real, there is a certain level of prestige if you can haul something as delicate as a load of freshly harvested strawberries across the country without a single berry getting squished.

Confusion about Reefer

Now, for the uninitiated, let’s just say that the term “reefer” can lead to some confusion. I remember one time, I was at a truck stop and overheard someone asking for directions to the “reefer” parking lot. The person looked so confused when the guy behind the counter just stared at him blankly. It turned out the guy was looking for the parking lot where they park all the recreational vehicles.

Don’t Smoke Weed

So, what’s the lesson here, folks? Well, in the trucking world, “reefer” means one thing and one thing only: a refrigerated trailer. And to those of us who have had the privilege of hauling these beauties, the term is a term of respect and admiration. But to the rest of the world, it’s just a word that means something completely different. Like smoking weed. Next time you’re at a truck stop and you hear someone asking for directions to the reefer parking lot, you’ll know what’s up!


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