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 FE 18 TONNE INSULATED FRIDGE 2010 GL10 FXX
Volvo 260Bhp Euro 5 Engine, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Ecas Air Suspension, 24' Insulated Fridge Body, Roller Shutter Door, Drop Down Partitions, Carrier Supra 850mt Diesel Fridge Unit, Twin Evaporators, 3 Phase Hook Up, 1500Kgs Column Tail Lift, Day Cab, Su Volvo FE Series Day Cab, Volvo 260Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine c/w Ad-Blue System, 6 Speed Manual Synchromesh Gearbox,
Trailer CARTWRIGHT 10.6 M INSULATED FRIDGE TRAILER 2005 C180985
Cartwright Tandem Axle Chassis, Cartwright 10.6 M Insulated Fridge Box Body, Roller Shutter Door, Carrier Maxima 1000 Diesel Fridge Unit, 3 Phase Hook Up, Ratcliffe 1500 Kgs Column Tail Lift,ROR Axles, Disc Brakes, Air Suspension, Tested June 16. Cartwright Tandem Axle Chassis, Cartwright 10.6 M Insulated Fridge Box Body c/w Aluminium Checker Plate Floor and Roller Shutter Door, 6 x Internal Roof
Mercedes-Benz Atego 1823
2004 | Refrigerated Box | 18000kg
Fitted with an 8.5 Metre Solomon Body with Side Loading Door & Sliding Partition, Carrier Supra 850-MT Diesel Unit with Overnight Standby, In Can Controls, Sleeper Cab, Night Heater, Locking Diff, Electric Mirrors, Electric Window, Heated Mirrors, Sun Visor, Sunroof, Radio & Cassette. On Steel suspension. The gearbox is an 6 Speed Manual. The engine is rated at 230 BHP. Please quote ref: MERE7555
Trailer Schmitz Multi temp Twin Evap
2008 | Refrigerated Box
20 x 2008 Schmitz Multi temp
Half rear evaps, Vector 1850 mt engines
Rotos disc brakes, red sideguards & under run panels, ex PLC
2600 x 2490 internal, barn doors
solid internal bulkheads
Parked Warrington & Congleton
Trailer Fridge Trailer TRAILER
Fridge Trailer, Tandem axle, Tuck away tail lift. Roller shutter back doors.Fridge good working order. Excellent Condition. Choice of 2. REF TG090 TRAILERS
Volvo FH 520 6X4 EURO 5 TRACTOR UNIT
2009 | Refrigerated Box
2009 59 VOLVO FH520 6X4 TRACTOR UNIT, EURO 5, GLOBETROTTER CAB, I SHIFT GEARBOX, TIPPING HYDRAULICS, 257,000 KLMS, FRIDGE, LEATHER SEATS, AIR-CON, PM WEIGHLOADER, OVERHEAD LOCKERS, FIXED 5TH WHEEL, STEEL SPRING SUSPENSION, GOOD TYRES, SUPER SINGLE FRONT WHEELS, SUNVISOR, BEACONS, CHEQUER PLATE REAR WHEEL ARCHES, FULL SET OF BELLY PLATES ON TANKS AND DIFFS, JUNE 2016 TEST.
DAF LF45 LF 45.150
2005 | Refrigerated Box | 7500kg
Aire truck bodies GAH chiller 70/30 split with 30% chiller 70% general and tailliftMoT Due May 15log book present
DAF CF65 4 X 2 18 TONNE BOXED FRIDGE - 2006 - MX56 RUW
2006 | Refrigerated Box | 18000kg
DAF 220 Bhp Euro 4 Engine, Ad-Blue, 6 Speed Astronic, Steel Suspension, Disc Brakes, 25Ft Fridge Body, Roller Shutter Door, Side Access Door, Removable Partition, Carrier 950 Mt Fridge Unit, 1500 Kg Taillift, Sleeper Cab, Electric Windows, Sunroof, Night DAF CF Series Sleeper Cab. DAF 220 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 4 Engine C/w Ad Blue. ZF 6 Speed Astronic Gearbox. DAF Single
2006 | Refrigerated Box
2006 Gray and Adams with Vector 1800 MOT Choice from £14250.00
2005 | Refrigerated Box
2005 SOR Twin Evap with Vector 1800. MOT Choice from £11950.00.
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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