5 Key Factors to Consider When Buying a Refrigerated Truck or Van

Todd Cawley | June 18th, 2024

Are you considering the purchase of a refrigerated truck or van to elevate your perishable goods transportation capabilities? Making a well-informed decision is crucial, and at Emerald Transportation Solutions, we aim to provide you with top-quality temperature-controlled vehicles that align with your business needs. Here are five key factors to consider when investing in a refrigerated vehicle:

  1. Adequate Capacity for Your Needs

One of the foremost considerations is ensuring that the refrigerated truck, or reefer van, has sufficient capacity for your business requirements. Evaluate the volume of goods you anticipate transporting regularly and select a vehicle that accommodates your load size. Our range of vehicles at Emerald Transportation Solutions is designed to cater to various capacity needs, ensuring you can find the right fit for your operations.

  1. Reliable Refrigeration System

The heart of any refrigerated vehicle is its refrigeration system. Ensure the system consistently maintains the required temperature within expected standards. At Emerald Transportation Solutions, our refrigerated trucks and reefer vans are equipped with proven, reliable systems, preserving the quality of your perishable goods.

  1. Fuel Efficiency for Cost Savings

Consider the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, as it directly impacts your operating costs. It is important to choose a refrigerated truck that maximizes fuel efficiency. We offer vehicles designed to optimize fuel consumption, saving you money over the long-term.

  1. Insulation and Temperature Control

Insulation plays a vital role in maintaining the internal temperature of your refrigerated vehicle. Our refrigerated trucks are built with premium insulation materials and systems, ensuring exceptional temperature control for your cargo, even under challenging conditions.

  1. Vehicle Age and Condition

Take a close look at the age and condition of each vehicle as you evaluate your options. Although older refrigerated trucks and reefer vans may lack the efficiency of their newer counterparts, their functionality can still be impressive with proper maintenance. While acquiring a brand-new vehicle might not be a necessity, choosing a recent model may provide the advantage of more advanced cooling features.

Contact Us Today for Your Refrigerated Vehicle Solutions

Are you ready to invest in a refrigerated truck or van that enhances your customer service capabilities? Contact us today at 678.831.9975, or use our convenient contact form to message us. Let Emerald Transportation Solutions assist you in finding the ideal temperature-controlled vehicle to elevate your delivery capabilities, ensuring you and your customers’ satisfaction.

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What does under DOT mean?

Questions regarding DOT requirements come up often. 10,000 lbs GVW (gross vehicle weight) and over are commercial vehicles that fall under the Department of Transportation regulatory requirements.

What is the difference between GVW and payload?

GVW or Gross Vehicle Weight is the entire weight of the vehicle including the payload. The payload weight represents the amount of cargo you are hauling.

What is a self-powered unit and a vehicle-powered unit?

A self-powered unit has its own fuel source and will run independent of the truck. This is the heaviest and most expensive option. While vehicle-powered units run off the engine via a compressor mounted on the engine. These are less expensive and lighter in weight but you must run the truck or plug the electric standby into shore power.

What does K-factor mean and why is that important?

K-factor is a term that stands for the overall insulating value of the container (truck body). Quite simply the lower the K-factor the better the truck body will be able to maintain a given temperature and require less energy to do so.

How much lighter is a Poly Van vs a US spec body?

Poly Van bodies are very light. On average we estimate we are 75-150 lbs per foot lighter than a traditional sheet and post foamed in place body. These weight savings translates to less fuel burn and less CO2 emissions, along with added payload, the most important benefit.

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