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    Be Careful Out There, Chiller Techs Included

    Be careful out there, especially in this rainy time. I hope the Chiller Tech who drove this van is okay.


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    He is not a real chiller tech, I see ladder racks. Hope he is ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvac6470 View Post
    He is not a real chiller tech, I see ladder racks. Hope he is ok.
    I don't know about Daikin, but Trane requires ALL techs carry ladders on racks like this. At least our office did.
    In honor of RichardL: "Ain't 'None' of us as smart as 'All' of us".

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    I believe the ladder rack is DAS Office dependent. Daikin Applied Service (this van is branded as the new Daikin DBS) seems to focus more on Chillers CAS/Scroll, as a whole. Here in AZ, the Manufacturer’s Rep seems to focus on the smaller LC including Scroll. In GA, the Office (DA Svc Center) seems to oversee all DA products start-up.
    As Trane seems to be concerned, larger Offices have LC and Chiller teams separately. Smaller Offices have combined teams. I’ve seen Trane doing start-up on 5TR Packages before, in the Desert SW and in GA.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuclrchiller View Post
    I don't know about Daikin, but Trane requires ALL techs carry ladders on racks like this. At least our office did.
    No ladders on or in my truck , truck doesn’t even have racks for them .
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    My new truck came with a ladder rack. First thing I did was remove it. I have a little 6’ stepped up to the top on the inside. I rarely have to get it out.

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    Did anybody notice the aluminum ladder?


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    Had a cool pic of a Daikin van a few years back, completely upside down. Got t-boned by a Mercedes sports car, nosed under the van a flipped it. Tech said hanging upside-down helped his prior back problems.

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    Without showing what happened to this driver, you can take a guess. This was leaving a job site, NO skid marks, about a short block (back-to-houses separated by an alley) from the main intersection. 100 feet maybe?



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    When I got my last truck at Trane, I also removed a ladder rack. I only carried a 6' stepladder, too. Then when Alabama Trane "merged" with Georgia Trane (more like Alabama Trane absorbed by Georgia Trane) we were all told to install racks and carry tall ladders. Just one of the many straws that broke this old camel's back. Mainly the RTU work that came with it. Man, I so despise roof work that if I had to do that from the beginning, I would have never gotten into this trade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuclrchiller View Post
    When I got my last truck at Trane, I also removed a ladder rack. I only carried a 6' stepladder, too. Then when Alabama Trane "merged" with Georgia Trane (more like Alabama Trane absorbed by Georgia Trane) we were all told to install racks and carry tall ladders. Just one of the many straws that broke this old camel's back. Mainly the RTU work that came with it. Man, I so despise roof work that if I had to do that from the beginning, I would have never gotten into this trade.
    I love roof work. Or maybe it is just the looking down on the world that I enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuclrchiller View Post
    When I got my last truck at Trane, I also removed a ladder rack. I only carried a 6' stepladder, too. Then when Alabama Trane "merged" with Georgia Trane (more like Alabama Trane absorbed by Georgia Trane) we were all told to install racks and carry tall ladders. Just one of the many straws that broke this old camel's back. Mainly the RTU work that came with it. Man, I so despise roof work that if I had to do that from the beginning, I would have never gotten into this trade.
    Imagine how all the LC guys in PHX feel, and it’s 119° F!


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    Quote Originally Posted by R600a View Post
    I love roof work. Or maybe it is just the looking down on the world that I enjoy.

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    I’ve always liked a mixed bag. Maybe got bored doing Centrifugal or Screw work for weeks at a time, or so I thought. I was like, I wouldN’T mind a day or two on the roof. Then I spend 8 hours on a rooftop in Phoenix.


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    You guys who work on roofs have my respect.
    In honor of RichardL: "Ain't 'None' of us as smart as 'All' of us".

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    No ladders or racks on my truck. I believe the new trucks come with ladder racks but they’re removed before the vans are issued to chiller techs. Many central plants are located in parking garages and you can’t get a van in with ladder racks.

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    Be Careful Out There, Chiller Techs Included

    Quote Originally Posted by R123 View Post
    No ladders or racks on my truck. I believe the new trucks come with ladder racks but they’re removed before the vans are issued to chiller techs. Many central plants are located in parking garages and you can’t get a van in with ladder racks.
    I personally know someone who got stuck that way.
    Hey, it was a lower clearance on the way out!


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    Quote Originally Posted by R123 View Post
    No ladders or racks on my truck. I believe the new trucks come with ladder racks but they’re removed before the vans are issued to chiller techs. Many central plants are located in parking garages and you can’t get a van in with ladder racks.
    Hmmm, funny thing is it's possible I had the same Service Manager as you, yet we were told that we ALL had to have ladder racks...
    In honor of RichardL: "Ain't 'None' of us as smart as 'All' of us".

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    I had to explain to a manager once who asked me why i had a ladder rack, that it wasn’t a ladder rack, but a canoe rack. Was on the road a lot so carried my canoe and fishing gear.

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    I believe there’s an ordinance in Tucson that commercial buildings needed to have roof access. Now if the keys were available for the fixed ladder or the electrical room was a different story.


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