Let’s talk about cold boxes on wheels!
Whether you are a refrigerated trailer (or as most in the biz call it “reefer trailer”) novice or expert this is a quick referenceable guide to help you get a firm grasp of the kinds of refrigerated trailers out there and guide you towards choosing one that fits your needs.
What are Refrigerated Trailers?
Refrigerated trailers are a type of insulated van designed for transporting perishable goods that require specific temperature settings. They come equipped with a built-in refrigeration system that helps maintain the desired temperature, ensuring the safe transportation of products such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, pharmaceuticals, and other goods sensitive to temperature fluctuations.
What are the Different Kinds of Refrigerated Trailers?
Refrigerated trailers come in various types and sizes, each catering to different transport needs. The most common types include:
- Single-Temp Trailers: These are the most common type of refrigerated trailers. They maintain a consistent temperature throughout the trailer, making them ideal for transporting large quantities of goods requiring the same temperature.
- Multi-Temp Trailers: Multi-temp trailers have multiple compartments, each with its own temperature control. They’re excellent for transporting a variety of products needing different temperatures simultaneously.
- Specialized Pharma Trailers: Designed explicitly for transporting pharmaceutical products, these trailers maintain extremely precise temperature control to keep sensitive drugs and vaccines in optimum condition.
How to Choose the Right Refrigerated Trailer
Let’s not over complicate this. When selecting a refrigerated trailer, mainly consider these five factors:
- Size of the Trailer: The size you need will depend on the volume of products you intend to transport. Refrigerated trailers range in size from small 20-ft units to large 53-ft trailers. Choose a size that suits your transport needs but also consider maneuverability and parking requirements.
- Temperature Requirements: Different goods require different temperature ranges for safe transportation. Make sure the trailer’s refrigeration system can maintain the necessary temperatures for your specific cargo.
- Single or Multi-Temp: If you only transport one type of good at a time, a single-temp trailer may suffice. However, if you need to transport multiple goods requiring different temperatures, consider investing in a multi-temp trailer.
- New or Used: If you’re on a tight budget, you might consider purchasing a used trailer or leasing one. However, make sure to thoroughly inspect the unit for any potential issues, particularly the refrigeration unit, as repairs can be expensive.
- Compliance with Regulations: Lastly, ensure the trailer complies with all local and international transportation regulations. This is particularly important when transporting pharmaceuticals or crossing state or national boundaries.
Let’s Wrap this Up!
Refrigerated trailers are essential for maintaining the quality and safety of perishable goods during transport. By understanding the different types of trailers and factors to consider when choosing one, you can make a decision that best suits your transportation needs. Always remember that the key to successful refrigerated transport lies in selecting the right trailer and maintaining the correct temperature control.
Obviously, if you ever have questions about your trailer needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at CLC. Even if you don’t lease with us, we’ll point you in the right direction ;).