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 XF95 95XF.430
2001 | Refrigerated Box
Daf 95XF430,Super spacecab,4x2,Large twin fuel tanks,Sliding 5th wheel,Twin sleeper,Fridge,Air con,Euro 3,In good condition
DAF LF45 LF 150 7.5 TON FRIDGE
2005 | Refrigerated Box | 7500kg
CARRIER FRIDGE UNIT, ALL IN WORKING ORDER, TRIPLE REAR DOORS, VGC, COMES WITH MOT, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT. REF H797 HGV
DAF LF45 45
2008 | Refrigerated Box | 7500kg
2008 [08 plate] Daf lf 45 160 ,7.5 ton,day cab, 3 seats, 160 horse power, 5 speed manual , tested till january, 1 owner [nhs] 270000miles 18ft solomn fridge body with side door , 2 barn doors, fixed divide for multi temp [can be removed], carrier 450 fridge motor driven from the lorry engine or 3 phase electric will freeze till minus 20, 2 rows of tie rails, in cab controls, cantilever tail
DAF LF55 55
2007 | Refrigerated Box | 14000kg
2007 [56 plate] daf lf 55 220 4x2 euro 4 ,14 ton , 8 ton pay load, 6 cylinder 220 horse power engine, 6 speed manual gearbox ,day cab , 2 seats, 220000miles, 1 owner, tested till august, tyres over 70%, 5ft fridge box till the front with frigo block fridge motor, 16ft curtainsider with roller door, we can sell chassie cab and alter wheel base if required. 220HP. Euro 4
MAN FRIDGE INSTANT COLD STORE
2004 | Refrigerated Box | 7500kg
Instant Cold Storage Body,GAH Chilled Unit With 3 Phase electric Plug In,Taker off a DAF LF45-150 7500kg Vehicle,Would remount Back Onto A vehicle If required or Use as An Instant Cold Store,Checked Over By A Fridge Engineer Length 14ft 6 inches, Width 7ft 10 inches, High 7ft 4 inches
unknown HUBBARD FRIDGE/FREEZER
2008 | Refrigerated Box
UNITS HUBBARD FRIDGE Equipment Complete With 2 Evaporators One Freezer and One Chilled £350 Per Set Complete With Pipework,Control Panel and Engine Compressor or Buy Just For Spares if Required Choice In Stock
Mercedes-Benz Atego 815 4x2 Rigid
2003 | Refrigerated Box
Mercedes Benz 815 Rigid Truck in a good clean condition. This 2003, 4x2 model with Day Cab, 477,028 kms and comes complete with Carrier Fridge, Mot & Tax, Analogue Tacho, 6 speed Manual Gearbox, Steel Suspension and Rear Barn Doors. Export enquiries are welcome. All shipping and documentation can be arranged if required.
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% ,450000 kms, 1 owners, 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, carrier xarios 600 fridge motor run from the lorry engine and
DAF CF85 CF75-310 25FT-6 LONG FRIDGE
2002 | Refrigerated Box
EURO3, GVW26000, AIR SUSP, AIR CON, 8 SPEED, AIR SEATS, ELECT WINDOWS, NIGHT HEATER, RADIO C/D, CARRIER SUPRA 950 FRIDGE UNIT. TEST APRIL 2015 FRIDGES Please quote Ref. No: D23708
Iveco Eurocargo ML 160E22 S /P /K 4x2 Rigid
2005 | Refrigerated Box | 16000kg
This vehicle was removed from our fleet in June 2014 due to vehicle upgrades, it is a 2005 16t Iveco Eurocargo, this vehicle has been with us since new and has been a workhorse, it has 603,000 miles on the clock, there are numerous scrapes and bumps around this well used truck and has been priced accordingly, the truck is currently SORN but has an MOT certificate up until January 2015, the fridge
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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