If you are an owner operator of a refrigerated trailer (aka reefers) looking for some great load boards, you are in the right place.
In this article, we are going to cover 7 load boards you can explore to get more loads for your reefer business (and make more money in the process). You will see paid and free options, so I think you will find the information here relevant to you regardless of your budget.
Let’s get into it!
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Paid Load Boards For Reefers
When it comes to load boards, I think DAT is a clear market leader, with approximately 1.37 million loads posted daily (including tons of refrigerated loads as well).
Seriously…that an almost unbelievable number of loads each day!
Due to their size and scope, they offer leading edge tech and info, including unlimited searches, instant alarm match notifications, broker credit scores, days to pay, market rates, mileage routing and much more.
Despite their place among the very best in the market, their pricing is actually really reasonable and in line with other premium paid load boards. As of this writing, DAT offers the following subscription levels:
- DAT TruckersEdge: Standard ($39.95/month) – includes unlimited search, alarm for new search results, company reviews, available loads by state.
- DAT TruckersEdge: Enhanced ($75/month) – includes all standard features plus average rates for past 30 days, broker credit scores, average days to pay.
- DAT TruckersEdge: Professional ($125/month) – includes all Enhanced features plus average rates for past 15 days, access to Tri-Haul: better paying rates, and IFTA fuel tax calculator.
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2. Truck Stop
Truck Stop is also a large load board that has a decent number of reefer loads.
Similar to DAT, they have three options, with the cheapest plan coming in at $39/month. The more expensive options are $125 and $149 per month, but you get access to more features, such as broker credit and days to pay information.
Check out their website here if you want to learn more.
3. 123 Load Board
123 Load Board rounds out my top three paid load boards for reefer operators. I did search for reefer loads on their site, and I was pleased to find a decent number that showed up.
123’s subscription fees are as follows:
- Standard Plan: $35 (includes access to load board, real time load alerts, website and mobile access)
- Premium Plan: $45 (includes everything that the standard plan includes, plus mileage and maps and document capturing and storage)
- Premium Plus: $55 (includes everything that the premium plan includes, plus enhanced mileage and maps & tolls, industry freight rates, etc.)
They offer a 10 day trial for all of their plans, so you can try them out without risk and see if their platform works for you.
Free Load Boards For Reefers
4. Trucker Path
Trucker Path is a popular free option to get reefer loads.
Their load board is really easy to use.
Just go to their website (link below) and search for loads (you will need to check Reefer (R) under the “Trailer Type” drop down menu). You get a limited number of searches per day (I think it was 5), but can upgrade your account to a paid account and get more robust features, as well as access to the best loads on their platform.
Be aware that most refrigerated loads needed an upgraded paid subscription for you to unlock them, so I think you should be prepared for that.
If you want to check them out, here is the link to their website.
Shiply is another great free load board that you can use to find reefer loads.
What I really like about this platform if that you won’t be charged any fees to access their load board but you still get access to the full loads on their platform. The rub is that they will take a fee when you actually book a load. I don’t mind this structure because you don’t pay anything unless you actually book a load and make some money.
They are a general load board so they offer a wide variety of loads, but their website specifically mentions reefer loads, so they are definitely catering to operators like you.
Another free load board you can explore for refrigerated loads is Uship. They have a similar pricing model where you only pay when you secure the transport work.
As with Shiply, they clearly offer reefer loads on their website, so you know it’s something they offer.
7. Direct Freight
Direct Freight is a well-known load board, which offers a permanent free option. You will not get access to their premium loads, but if you are looking to save some money, this can be a platform you can add to your arsenal.
Their dashboard is simple. All you need to do is just click “Find Loads” at the top bar and chose “R Reefer” for the “Trailer Type”. Boom – you’ll pull up a bunch of reefer loads.
Of course, if you want to get access to a larger selection of loads, you will need to sign up for their paid subscription, which is $34.95 per month. However, when I checked their website at the time of writing, they were offering a 15 day free trial. Go to this page and click on “Create Free Account” to see more details.
So there you have it – 7 great load boards for reefer operators, with both paid and free options for you to explore.