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What to Look for in a Refrigerated Truck

Joe Dickman | December 1st, 2022

The size of the truck and the type of refrigeration system it has are the two major factors to consider when choosing a refrigerated truck. You must ensure that the truck is big enough to accommodate your needs. Secondly, you should know whether you need a mechanical or absorption refrigeration system. Let’s dive deeper into these aspects so that Emerald Transportation Solutions can supply you with the best truck for all your transportation needs.


When purchasing a refrigerated truck, you need to make sure that the truck can accommodate your requirements, and that you’re not purchasing too big of a truck. Emerald Transportation Solutions carries a variety of vehicles for all different load sizes. We have trucks with payload capacities of 5,000-7,000 lbs, 6,000-10,000 lbs, and 9,000-15,000 lbs. With insulated trucks made by Ford, Chevrolet, Ram and more, our team can help you choose the truck that will meet your specifications at the lowest cost.

Type of Refrigeration System:

It’s important to know what kind of refrigeration system you need a truck to have before making a purchase. There are two types of systems: mechanical and absorption. Mechanical refrigeration systems are more expensive, but they are also more efficient. Absorption refrigeration systems are less expensive, but they are not as efficient. Our team can help you decipher what system would be the right choice for your needs, and match you with the correct vehicle for home delivery, beverage delivery, and more. You can always trust Emerald Transportation Solutions to provide you with the best-refrigerated delivery truck.

Looking for the best ways to transport your frozen goods? Look no further than Emerald Transport Solutions. We can guide you in choosing the right size and refrigeration system to capably transport your loads. Contact us today!

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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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