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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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 311 CDI Fridge
2005 | Refrigerated Box
Mercedes 311cdi Fitted With GAH Fridge,Body is slightly older than the vehicle and has a bit of damage on the top corner,Fridge all works OK,Single rear door,Cheap enough to buy just for the chassis cab if required.
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16S Chiller
2010 | Refrigerated Box
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16,Euro 5,Very Low Kms,
DAF CF75 FAS 75.270 6X2 Poultry/Freezer Body
1998 | Refrigerated Box | 26000kg
DAF CF 75-270 6x2 Poultry Carrying Vehicle Will Carry Live Poultry With Heating and Chilling in the body(More details will be loaded soon)
Scania R Series
2010 | Refrigerated Box
2010 Scania R480 4x2 Topline,Retarder,Twin tanks,650,000 warranted kms one owner, Air con ,Electric pack, Manual gearbox, Fridge, this truck is mint, comes with full years test Ireland or UK, Warranty available on request,Trade in,s welcome.
Volvo FH 16-610 80 Tonne T-Unit
2004 | Refrigerated Box
Hub Reduction Axles,Mid Lift Axle,Globetrotter Cab,12 Speed Manual Gearbox,Alloy Wheels,Leather Seats,TV,Micro Wave,Fridge. TRACTOR UNITS 6X2
Trailer SOR Refrigerated Boxvan
2005 | Refrigerated Box | 26000kg
2005 SOR Refrigerated Boxvan Single Temp 2.6m Internal Thermoking SLX200 Unit Transcan recorder Ali Floor 2 rows recessed loadlok track 8000hours
Scania R Series R230
2009 | Refrigerated Box
R Cab Interior Fridge
Media Interface System with Sat Nat built in
Twist Locks, EURO 4
DAF LF45 FA LF45.160 4x2 Rigid
2009 | Refrigerated Box | 7490kg
2010/10 DAF LF45.160, Euro 4, Fitted 17' Soloman Refrigerated Box Body C/W Barn Doors, Xarios Carrier 600 Refrigerator Unit, Single Sleeper Cab, Cruise Control, CD Player, Electric Windows, Heated Mirrors, 5 Ton Payload, March 2016 MOT Test, Excellent Condition Throughout.
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2001 | Refrigerated Box
2001 G&A fridge carrier maxima aprox 9000 hrs,split door, bpw drums,transscan, full alloy floor,mot Sep 2015 tyres 30% located in East london 07812113105
Trailer Schmitz Meat Rail
2001 | Refrigerated Box
2 x 2001 Schmitz
Meat Railers - 250 hooks
Thermoking SL 400 engine
2550 x 2490 internal dimensions
SAF Disc brake
clean white bodies, internally very clean
Sep 15 & May 16 mot
Current ATP certification 4/17 & 1/18
One owner trailers
Both parked Warrrington
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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