Would a Thunder Creek trailer fit your operation?
Ed and Peggy Yotter of Wapello, Iowa, agreed to share about their experience with a Thunder Creek trailer. We’ve printed their interview below.
Birkey’s: Tell us about your farm.
Together with our daughter, Jasey, and nephew, Drew, we own and operate Yotter Family Farms outside Wapello, Iowa. We work about 4,000 acres of corn and beans.
How did you transfer fuel and DEF in the past?
We had a thousand-gallon fuel trailer that we constructed ourselves, but we didn’t have any way to haul DEF.
And you bought a Thunder Creek trailer in…
2012. Our salesman at Birkey’s in Galesburg told us about it. Our model holds 100 gallons of DEF and 990 gallons of fuel, and has two oil barrels on top, one we use for hydraulic and the other for engine oil.
What was your first impression?
It’s a really nice trailer—especially the way it keeps everything clean. It definitely saves us a lot of time.
You said the trailer keeps things clean. Tell us more about that.
We’re able to roll up our hoses in a compartment in the front. That keeps them from getting torn up—if they come loose on a regular trailer they can drag on the road. Also, the oil tanks on it aren’t open at all, and we can pump oil out of them into a clean container.
What other features are useful?
Our trailer also has a storage area in the back. We’re able to carry our window cleaning supplies, oil cans, parts, grease guns, and chain oil. It keeps them out of the dust. It also has its own 110 volt heater in the DEF tank. That’s nice.
There are 12 months in a year. When does the trailer get used?
It’s always on the road during the growing season. During the winter, we park it inside our shop. That way, if we need a little diesel, we have it. And if we need to put DEF in something, it’s in there where it’s warm and we can pump it. A lot of times, oil-wise, we just work directly from the trailer in the shop.
How is it “on the road?”
You could go at 70 miles an hour if the speed limit allows! It can be towed at the posted highway speeds, and it pulls really well.
Other farmers might be considering a Thunder Creek. What advice would you give them?
Know how much fuel you need every day. We’re filling up two combines and two grain-cart tractors, and it takes quite a bit of fuel. You want to make sure that every two days you don’t need to run after fuel.
Any last words?
We’d recommend a Thunder Creek. We’ve gotten along very well with it.