Dreisbach Enterprises – Oakland, California

Our journey to Dreisbach Enterprises in Oakland ended on Friday, July 20th. It only took 17 days to drive from Justin, Texas. Generally it is 3-1/2 days.

Today we are getting ready to leave Oakland for a 560 mile trip to Las Vegas, Nevada with the trucks from Dreisbach going to auction.


This is a “Freezing Unit”. A reefer that keeps the temperature well below freezing.

The power source for the generator on this trailer is electric.




This is NOT an ordinary household electric outlet. This is 400/460 volts and 3 Phase electric to power a super sized generator to do the job of keeping this trailer at the correct temperature.


This trailer is really NOT a trailer. It is a shipping container. The electric cord will be plugged to a power source at the shipping dock as well as on the ship when it is loaded.


This is the TRAILER part. The cargo container will be loaded on a trailer like this to be transported by truck to a destination somewhere to unload the contents then somewhere else to be refilled.

There are latching points on the trailer to secure the cargo container. At the front is a “lip” the container is pushed against.


At the rear are latches on both sides to secure the container to the trailer. The latches are inside the little “port” areas.



This thing underneath is what works that “mushroom” like thing in the above photo.


There are monster forklift like machines at the shipping ports that load and unload these containers all day long.

So what does a Cold Storage facility look like? First it is massive and goes on for blocks.


Trucks come and go at this place all day long. Picking up trailers, dropping them, trucks backing to the dock to get loaded.


This is a loading dock.


This is a trailer being loaded.


With the trailer “bumped” to the dock a loading plate covers the distance between the actual concrete floor of the warehouse and the back of the trailer. Makes it easier for the forklifts to get in and out.

So how’s that for learning something new?


About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

4 responses to “Dreisbach Enterprises – Oakland, California

  • gardenpinks

    So you have caught up with all your laundry, had some (enforced) rest and recuperation and are at last on the move again 🙂 Hope you have a troublefree trip with these vehicles. I am just amazed at how far these trucks have to travel to go to auction. Hope the temperatures in Nevada aren’t going to be too much for you both. Love and hugs Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      The “Trip from Hell” is behind us 😀 and we survived it.

      Thanks for your encouraging words and thoughts. And I add “From your lips to God’s ear” :D. We could use some good stuff to shake off all the troubles.

      Love you – Leslie

      ps: How are you coming along on the big project? Are you taking pictures to wow us when you post your next blog entry 😀

  • Pati Mishler

    Ok everybody!! Now listen up!! 😀 July 30th, is my sister’s Birthday. So if anyone is interested, everybody be telling her HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PLEASE!! Thanks everybody.

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