What to Look for in a Refrigerated Van

Joe Dickman | April 10th, 2024

Selecting the right refrigerated van for sale is vital when transporting perishable goods. It’s a decision that impacts the freshness of your products, your operational efficiency, and your business’s reputation. Here are the essential factors to consider:

Appropriate Size and Capacity:

Assess the volume of goods you’ll transport. The size of the van should match your typical cargo load, ensuring you’re not paying for unused space or lacking the required capacity.

Temperature Control:

Different products require different temperature settings. Ensure the van provides a range that suits all the items you plan to transport, from floral arrangements to frozen foods.

Reliability and Durability:

The van’s dependability is crucial. Opt for a model known for its robustness to ensure longevity and consistent performance.

Fuel Efficiency:

Given the energy required to maintain certain temperatures, a fuel-efficient van can significantly cut operational costs.

Interior Layout:

Consider how the space inside the van is organized. Efficient use of space means more effortless loading, better cargo management, and potentially reduced transport times.

Compliance with Regulations:

The van must meet all relevant health and safety standards, particularly for those transporting medical supplies or food.

Warranty and Support:

A good warranty and reliable customer support from the seller can save costs and headaches in the long run.

Brand Reputation:

Investigate the reputation of the brand and model. A trusted brand is often synonymous with quality and reliability.

Looking for a refrigerated van is about balancing your business needs and the available feature options. With the right van, you can ensure that your goods are always delivered in top condition, maintaining the quality your customers expect.

Discover the Perfect Fit at Emerald Transportation Solutions

Whether you need a compact reefer van or a larger refrigerated truck, Emerald Transportation Solutions offers a range of options to suit your specific needs. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction ensures you get a vehicle that meets your expectations. Contact us today to find the ideal refrigerated transportation solution for your business.

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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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