Keeping precious goods cold has been a challenge for many a lifetime. Often times, once a product is cooled or frozen to the desired temperature, it must stay at that temperature. It’s a wonder anything ever got delivered cold in the early days of chilled delivery. Ice melts, and styrofoam can only keep things cold inside for so long.
The refrigerated truck has been an industry game changer for obvious reasons. Its ability to be a refrigerator renders it the perfect fit for just about anyone looking to deliver products that are temperature dependent.
However, there are a couple things you will definitely want to know before getting one of these trailblazers. Let’s get some cold facts about refrigerated trucks and vans and how to choose the right one for your application.
1. Consider How Your Refrigerated Truck Works
Take a refrigerator and put it in the bed of your truck. Easy as that right? Not even close. Refrigerated trucks do, in fact, have an onboard, built-in refrigerator or freezer, however, these units operate seamlessly with the vehicle’s electrical and charging system.
An engine-mounted compressor paired with a skirt-mounted condenser gets things cold, while fans direct air to each and every part of the unit. These systems use the vehicle’s factory components to generate the electricity needed for refrigerated delivery.
2. How Much Space Do You Need?
Not all fridges and freezers are the same. While some can store 3 full-sized elks, others just hold a popsicle and six-pack. The same is essentially true when it comes to refer trucks. Whatever your needs and limitations, there is a temperature-controlled vehicle made to suit your delivery needs.
Having sufficient room to store frozen goods is necessary for both growing businesses or those making wholesale deliveries. However, too much room can prove to be less efficient and more work-intensive in certain locations, like narrow city streets or low-ceilinged parking garages. Operating environment and storage needs are important things to consider when choosing the right rig for you.
3. Box, Truck, or Van?
Large vehicles like box freezer/refrigerator trucks offer enough room to deliver all day long. However, deliveries can’t happen if your truck can’t get out of the parking garage.
Oversized height, length, and width can prove problematic in some situations. Luckily, we offer several models that provide loads of storage while being contained in a standard-sized van or truck.
Though these vehicles might not be suited for larger industrial-sized deliveries, they function excellently for those with smaller product quantities and size limitations to consider.
Featuring side-access doors for easy entry, these refrigerated vehicles can make deliveries a breeze.
4. Making Your Budget Work For You
One possible issue you may run into when finding a refrigerated truck or van is the price. However, there are affordable options out there:
Rather than buying a pre-fab, consider a more customized truck that fits your specific needs of size and space. There are tons of fleet vehicles that are great for your price range.
You also might consider outfitting a vehicle for a particular degree of refrigeration. If you have a box truck or van in mind that you would like to use for your business, take a look at how much it would cost to add a fridge system to it.
It may turn out to be a cheaper and more efficient option than buying a rig overly excessive for your needs.
5. Consider Industry Demands
Not all delivery situations have such limitations and call for smaller vehicle size. For wholesale jobs, the possibilities really open up. If you are delivering large quantities, there are several types of box trucks that can be put to work in the frozen-goods field.
From cab-over box trucks to flat-bed-truck style conversions, there’s a body-style that will fit both your storage needs and size limitations. Depending on how specialized your application, there is always the option to custom outfit a unit specific to your delivery needs. Contact us to request your custom quote today!
Keeping Things Cool
Whatever the job is, there’s a temperature-controlled unit to fit your needs, no matter how much your business grows. Whether you specialize in flowers or gelato, we’ll find a unit that suits your needs.
Head on over to our site and browse our large selection of refrigerated units. There’s something for everyone!