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    Default Advice on Hauling NUCs

    Any advice on how to stack and haul 300-400 NUCS about 700 miles would be appreciated. These are for delivery in cardboard boxes. Does anyone box them before hauling them? seems like the cardboard wouldn't hold up Then again I don't really seem myself boxing nucs in some abandoned parking lot or roadside.

    I've got deeps divided as double nucs, a bunch of single nucs with solid bottoms, a few with detachable bottoms (those have to go). Guess the first advice would be to standardize but should probably know how I am going to haul them first - appreciate advice on what to standardize on.
    "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes"
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    Default Re: Advice on Hauling NUCs

    I suppose it depends on who you are hauling , self or others? If it's others then they can provide the nuc boxes to whatever specs you agree on. If it's yourself then get what you like.

    I've got some 6 framers. Solid box with the bottom attached. Cleats on the bottom and on the lids so they stack. I've got pallets for those so they lock into the pallet.

    I've also got styrofoam ones that have screen lids. Plug the entrance and load on the truck.

    Both are good. I kinda prefer the 6 framers for overwintering.

    I think you are definitely on to something when you say standardize.

    Jean-Marc

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    Default Re: Advice on Hauling NUCs

    jean how are your pallets made would you have any pictures i also am trying to figure out a good way to move a couple hundred nucs this year to FL maybe just picking them up and straping them to a pallet.?

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    Default Re: Advice on Hauling NUCs

    They can over heat very easily. The vent holes on each end of the cardboards must have air flow, so be sure to leave a gap between the rows.
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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    Default Re: Advice on Hauling NUCs

    How far between fill ups for your truck?

    I'd haul the nucs w/ vent holes/entrances open and under a net. I'd haul them at night, if possible. It could be a little cooler, perhaps. Also, find truck stops that have water hoses available and wet the load down when you stop for fuel.

    I don't know about stacking them. Maybe you'd want to make a row and then lay two 1x4s on top of the nucs before making your next layer. And then a plank on top to run your strap across, so you aren't crushing the outside nuc boxes w/ the strap. Are you using straps?

    Just some thoughts. Good luck. Get them earlier next year so it's cooler when you move them.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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    Default Re: Advice on Hauling NUCs

    Thanks for the ideas.
    I started using straps after I dropped a chest freezer on the highway one day. Semi passed me and blew the thing right out of the back of the truck. The truck can drive further than I can so ventilation is important.

    I can palletize my NUCs 2 rows of 4 per pallet and strap them down and my double NUCs fit a standard pallet. I use three 1" screened holes per NUC for ventilation (1 front, 2 in back) but I am going to have to redo the lids to add cleats.

    What I don't like is having to transfer them into cardboard NUCs on delivery but hauling cardboard Nucs seems dicey unless you have a reefer which I don't. Appreciate your advice on the heat, I'm not moving any more this summer but want to do it better (right) next year.

    How do most folks deliver bulk NUCs? I am using cardboard for the 1 to 10 customers but just getting into 50+ sales.
    "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes"
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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