What Is A Reefer Truck?
Todd Cawley | November 1st, 2023
The world of transportation offers many vehicles designed to meet various business needs. In this mix, a particular type of vehicle has carved a niche for its unique capabilities – the reefer truck. But what is a reefer truck?
Simply put, reefer is short for a refrigerated truck. This type of truck has a refrigeration unit to transport perishable goods such as fresh produce, frozen food items, pharmaceuticals, and other temperature-sensitive products requiring specific temperature conditions. Unlike traditional vehicles, reefer trucks are purpose-built to tackle temperature control needs. A well-maintained reefer truck can maintain the precise temperature necessary to ensure the safety and freshness of the goods during their journey from point A to point B.
Reefer trucks come in various shapes and sizes to meet a business’s specific requirements. For example, a freezer box truck is an ideal option for companies that deal with frozen goods on a large scale. These trucks are built to maintain sub-zero temperatures, ensuring the products remain in perfect condition, no matter the weather outside.
In contrast, a refrigerated sprinter van is more suitable for businesses that need to navigate urban landscapes for deliveries. These compact, maneuverable, and efficient vans provide the perfect blend of size and performance for city deliveries. They can maintain cooler temperatures suitable for fresh produce, dairy products, or flowers.
The versatility of these specialized vehicles makes them an excellent investment for businesses dealing with temperature-sensitive products. It’s crucial, however, to ensure you’re purchasing from a reputable manufacturer that can provide post-sales support and services, including maintenance options.
At Emerald Transportation Solutions, we offer a variety of reefer trucks, refrigerated vans, and freezer box trucks designed to meet your specific needs. We take pride in our all-in-one solution approach, eliminating intermediaries, maintaining transparent pricing, and providing exceptional customer service.
If you’re looking for a Ford Transit refrigerated van for sale or a freezer truck, we’ve got you covered! Our team of industry-leading experts is ready to guide you in finding the perfect vehicle solution for your business. Contact us today, and let’s drive your business forward together. Remember, when it comes to refrigerated transportation, we’re more than just a supplier – we’re your partners in success.
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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.