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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Volvo FH 500 6X2 T/unit
2014 | Refrigerated Box | 26000kg
XL Globe Trotter, Mid Lift Axle, Fridge, Leather Seats, Microwave, T.V, Twin Fuel Tanks, I Shift Gear Box, Euro 5 Engine, Sliding 5th Wheel, Air Con, 4.1mtr Wheel Base, Aluminium Wheels, July 2017 M.O.T, Roof Light Bars, Side Skirts TRACTOR UNITS 6X2
DAF CF65 65 CF
2005 | Refrigerated Box
MANUAL GEARBOX, 4X2, STEEL SUSPENSION, ROLLER SHUTTER REAR DOOR, SOLOMON FRIDGE BODY, SIDE DOOR, CARRIER SUPRA 850, MOT JUNE 2017, EXCELLENT CONDITION 250 Engine.
Iveco Euro Cargo 75E16 20ft Fridge Box Tail Lift Only 50924 M
2010 | Refrigerated Box | 7500kg
Come and see us or buy over the phone with no obligation and get FREE DELIVERY to your door within UK mainland. Your payment fully refunded upon delivery if you are not happy for any reason whatsoever. Credit/debit cards accepted and finance welcome. 7 days FREE insurance arranged so you can drive away today. Comprehensive peace of mind warranty with money back guarantee. Your old car or van taken
Mercedes-Benz Axor 1824
2013 | Refrigerated Box
Mercedes axor fitted with 25ft slipstream fidge box with tail lift and dual compartments low kms as new
Mercedes-Benz Unknown 1824
2013 | Refrigerated Box
Mercedes fridge box tl 25ft dual reverse camera low ks as new
Trailer Krone 2016 tri axle fridge in excellent condition .
2016 | Refrigerated Box
Selling on behalf of customer a very clean,hardly used Krone Tri axle trailer in excellent condition.
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Specification for European work.
BPW axles. Disc brakes
Scania 3 Series R560 6x2 T/Unit
2012 | Refrigerated Box | 26000kg
V8 Euro 5 Add Blue Engine, High Line Cab, 13 Speed Manual Gear Box, Leather Heated Seats With Lumber Support, Fridge, Micro Wave, Exhaust Brake, Cruise Control, Parrot Hands Free Kit, Air Con, Light Up Name Board, All Leather Floor Covers, Kelsa Low Bar, TRACTOR UNITS 6X2
Scania R Series R440LA6x2/4MNA
2012 | Refrigerated Box
3 Pedal Opticruise, 820L Fuel Capacity, A/C, Fridge, Sliding Fifth Wheel, Twin Bunks, Air Deflector Kit, Visor and Bumper Spots
Volvo FE EURO 5, 6 X 2 FRIDGE/FREEZER -
2008 | Refrigerated Box | 26000kg
Volvo FE Series Sleeper Cab. Volvo 320 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine C/w Ad-Blue. ZF 9 Speed Syncromesh Manual Gearbox. Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Controls. Air Suspended Rear Lift Axle. Gray And Adams 29Ft Insulated GRP Fridge/Freezer Body C/w Insulated Roller Shutter Rear Door. Body Internal Height : 7Ft 1 ins.
MAN TGM 18.240 4 X 2 INSULATED FRIDGE/FREEZER -
2007 | Refrigerated Box | 18000kg
MAN LX Series Sleeper Cab. MAN 240 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 4 Engine. ZF 12 Speed Astronic Gearbox. MAN Single Reduction Drive Axle. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Controls. 26Ft Insulated Fridge/Freezer Body C/w Insulated Roller Shutter And Removable Partition. Carrier Supra 850 MT Diesel Powered Fridge Unit C/w Chassis Mounted Diesel Tank And In Cab Controls. Ross And
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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