Over the past decades, the food industry has evolved dramatically. Supermarkets now offer fresh produce from around the globe and their chilled cabinets are full of ready-prepared food which can be heated in the oven or microwaved in a matter of minutes.
This change in our cooking and eating habits has had a direct effect on the haulage industry. The food must be kept fresh and be delivered quickly in good condition and this means that there are more fridge trucks than ever on our roads. The fridge truck is certainly one of the more complex trucks to buy as it involves technology not associated with standard trucks.
Truck drivers may know much about engines and transmissions, but until recently they have had less need to know about refrigeration units. When buying a used fridge truck, however, it could help to understand a little about the technology involved here.
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Daf LF45 FA FL 45 150
2006 | Refrigerated Box | 7500kg
- 2006 06 DAF FALF 45 150
- 20FT REFRIGERATED BOXVAN
- DAY CAB
- MILEAGE 439921 KMS
- DUE IN NEXT WEEK Very Good Condition
DAF LF45 LF 45-160 FRIDGE TAIL LIFT
2007 | Refrigerated Box
2007 57 DAF 45-160 FRIDGE,EURO 4 LEZ,Carrier Xarios 600 Fridge Unit With Tail Lift and Electric Standby,11 TONNE,Side Door,Steel Suspension,Manual Gerbox.(Will Be Supplied With NEW MOT)
MAN TGL TG-M 18.243 4X2 BL DAY 28ft Fridge Frezer
2008 | Refrigerated Box
MAN TGL 18-240, 28ft Fridge Freezer Body, Pod Doors, Dual Compartment, Carrier Supra 950MT Silent Automatic Deisel Start Fridge Unit, Soloman Transco, Battery Safe Guard Reset, Rear Air Suspention, Ratcliff 1000kg Column Tailift, Underside Storage Compartments, Factory Fitted Imobiliser, Digital Tacho, CD Player, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Excellent Condition.
DAF LF45 45
2004 | Refrigerated Box | 7500kg
2004 [54 plate] Daf lf 45 150 ,7.5 ton,day cab, 3 seats, 150 horse power, 5 speed manual , tested till january, 1 owner 398000km 15ft solomn fridge body with side door , 3 barn doors, walk in step, GAH fridge motor driven from the lorry engine or 3 phase electric will freeze till minus 20, tie rails, in cab controls.This truck is in clean condition ready for work. 150HP. Euro 3
MAN TGL 12.210
2008 | Refrigerated Box
- 2008 58 reg man tgl 12.210
- 20ft BOXVAN LABERET BOX WITH A CARIER XARIOS 500 FRIDGE UNIT
- DRIVEN FROM THE ENGINE
- ELECTRIC STANDBY
- INTERNAL MEASUREMENTS LENGTH 4.75 MTRS X HEIGHT 2.25 MTS X WIDTH 2.20 MTRS
- 1.25 MTRS THROUGH THE SIDE DOOR
- TESTED SEPTEMBER 15 Very Good Condition
Scania 4 Series 94D-230 24FT G/A BODY FRIDGE LORRY
2001 | Refrigerated Box
EURO3 GVW18000 AIR SUSP, 8SPEED, AIR SEATS, ELECT WINDOWS, NIGHT HEATER, CHECKER PLATED FLOOR, B&B TAIL LIFT 1500KG, TRERMO KING RD11 TCI FRIDGE UNIT, TEST JAN 2015 FRIDGES Please quote Ref. No: S23415
DAF LF45 FA LF45.160 4x2 Rigid
2008 | Refrigerated Box | 7490kg
2008 DAF TRUCKS LF FA45.160 7.5T EURO 4 REFRIDGERATED BODY!!!!! Diesel
•7,500 kg GVW
•Clean Overall Condition
•Clean Interior Condition
•2008 (58 Reg)
•W2.4xH0xL5 m Ext Size
•Right Hand Drive
DAF LF45 45-160 4x2 16FT GRAY AND ADAMS BODY FRIDGE VAN
2006 | Refrigerated Box
1EURO 4, GVW11000, STEEL SUSP, 6 SPEED, AIR SEATS, ELECT WINDOWS,SIDE LOADING DOOR,R&B TAIL LIFT 1500KG, CARRIER XARIOUS 600 FRIDGE UNIT. RIGIDS Please quote Ref. No: D22190
Volvo FL 240
2007 | Refrigerated Box | 18000kg
2007 [07 plate] volvo fl 240,18 ton, 4x2 on air , day cab , 240 horse power , 6 speed manual gear box ,tyres over 80% ,403000 kms with service history, 1 owner, volvo contract mantained, tested till may 2015, euro 4 , lez compliant, sun visor, air con, diff lock, sun visor. 26ft gray and adams fridge with alloy checkered floor,2 tie rails and 3 barn doors, choice of with or with out trolly lanes,
DAF LF45 45
2008 | Refrigerated Box | 7500kg
2008 [08 plate] Daf lf 45 160 ,7.5 ton,day cab, 2 seats, 160 horse power, 5 speed manual , tested till january, 1 owner 238000miles 15ft solomn fridge body with side door , 3 barn doors, walk in step+ moving divider door for multi temp, carrier 450 fridge motor driven from its own engine or 3 phase electric will freeze till minus 20, 2 rows of tie rails, in cab controls, seperate diesel tank.This
The fridge unit has three major elements, namely the evaporator, condenser and compressor. The compressor’s job is to suck in the refrigeration gas and compress it. This pressure causes the gas to turn into a liquid, releasing heat and causing that liquid to cool. The condensing unit then takes this cooled liquefied gas and cools it still further. This is achieved by passing the liquid gas along tubes, where external fins transfer heat to the outside world. This is similar to how the large surface area of a truck’s radiator cools the engine. The evaporator unit then allows the liquid to expand and it becomes a gas once more. This process causes it to heat up and it does this by sucking in heat from the surrounding environment - in this case the fridge body of the truck. The warmed gas is then transferred outside the truck to cool and the process begins again.
The type of fridge truck you should buy depends upon the loads you will be carrying. Some fridge trucks are more like freezer trucks, rated to keep food frozen. Others are intended to keep fresh food chilled. Not all trucks can do both jobs, so it is vital that you check the fridge truck meets the regulations for the specific food types you will be hauling. As with buying a normal truck, size is a factor when buying a fridge truck, but be wary of the complications. In order for the fridge truck to function effectively, there should be clear space all around the load. This means buying a larger body than normal for the size of load.
The fridge components are normally covered by separate warranties and service agreements to those of the main truck, so these need to be inspected and understood. The insulation of the body itself is a vital component of the fridge truck and this should be in good order. If it’s damaged or of poor quality, it will need more energy to chill and that means more fuel consumption. Drivers should check the insulation for cracks or gaps, and it is a good idea to ask if the fridge unit and insulation are factory-fit or aftermarket additions. Also check for bad smells, which can be difficult to eradicate and taint fresh produce, potentially resulting in complaints from clients.
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