New Vs Used Refrigerated Vans

If you’ve been considering investing in a refrigerated vehicle, either for yourself as a freelance driver, or for your business to add to your fleet, one of the biggest questions to consider is whether to go for a new or used vehicle. There are several things to consider before committing to one or another, as well as ensuring you fully understand the function of a refrigerated vehicle. Our team at BHRV have worked hard to put together this guide to help you decide whether a new or used refrigerated van is right for you. 

What Does A Refrigerated Van Do?

Refrigerated vans are used in the transport of chilled and frozen goods. This can include pharmaceutical supplies, like vaccines and some medications that must be kept at a cool temperature, and food, which includes raw meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, or frozen food. All of these products follow a cold chain that guarantees that from point of origin to distribution, the goods are kept in good condition and stay fresh throughout the journey. 

A refrigerated van operates in a similar way to your home fridge or freezer, where an insulated, airtight compartment is used to dissolve heat from the outside to ensure the cargo inside stays cool. Refrigerated vans range from 8C to -18C or lower, depending on the type of goods required for transport. 

The Pros and Cons of Buying Used

There are many reasons why older refrigerated vans are preferred to newer ones. Some of the pros and cons of choosing to invest in a used refrigerated van includes:

Pros: 

Cheaper Alternative: It’s hard to deny the appeal of a lower price tag, after all, why pay for a more expensive solution when you can buy cheaper? The age-old objection to this is ‘you get what you pay for’ and while this is typically the case, refrigerated vehicles are designed to last for years and retain their quality to make sure that goods are transported safely, meaning even buying used you’re getting high quality. 

Performance History: When buying used, you have the option to inquire about the history of your vehicle’s performance – how often it required maintenance, any faults it experienced, how reliable it was. While it’s easy to assume newer vehicles automatically come with these assurances, it isn’t always guaranteed, whereas a used vehicle has a history that can be traced. 

Cons: 

No Warranties: By the time you purchase your used refrigerated van, chances are the warranty that came from the manufacturer has expired. This can be problematic if a breakdown or fault occurs as it could be costly to repair and have no coverage from a warranty, meaning a replacement refrigerated vehicle may be required. However, if you purchase from a certified second-hand vehicle provider they may offer a warranty that covers certain issues. 

Aged Technology: One of the biggest risks that come with purchasing any second hand vehicles is the fact that technology could be outdated and not up to current regulated standards. This could mean that the refrigeration unit, the interior racking and shelving, and any insulation features will need to be replaced before use. 

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The Pros and Cons of Buying New

 An alternative to buying used, new refrigerated vehicles are a popular choice for businesses looking to update their fleet, but the pros and cons to consider about buying new includes: 

Pros:

Covered Under Warranty: New refrigerated vans are much more likely to hold a manufacturers warranty, which means your van will be repaired or replaced under warranty should it develop a fault. With refrigerated vehicles, this applies to the same faults regular vehicles can develop, but also covers any technical issues that may arise with the refrigeration unit to make sure your van stays running reliably. 

Modern Technology: When you’re purchasing a new refrigerated vehicle, you know all of the bobs and whistles will be up to date with current standards and be well equipped for use year round, managing the sweltering heat of summer and the freezing winter temperatures. Newer vans are also much easier to modify, with spaces available to extend racking or shelves and install plastic flaps to help with insulation during loading and unloading. Even cooling temperatures can be modified to allow for different goods. 

Cons:

Bigger Price Tag: When buying any new vehicle, buying new over used always comes with a greater price tag. However, with refrigerated vans, you’re also paying for a high quality refrigeration unit that has been unused until you transport your first load of goods, meaning there shouldn’t be any hidden faults and any that do develop will be covered under manufacturers warranty. 

Still unsure? BHRV can help!

Still can’t decide whether a new or used refrigerated van is for you? Don’t worry, here at BHRV, we’re industry experts committed to providing you with advice and guidance to help you make the right choice. We’re just a phone call away so please feel free to get in touch with our friendly and experienced team today! 

Maintaining Your Refrigerated Van in Winter

While it’s important to ensure your refrigerated vehicle is properly maintained year round, winter offers many unique challenges to vehicle owners in general, and refrigerated vans must be properly maintained to avoid any adverse effects from the cold weather. Facing down wind, rain, snow, and storms, you and your refrigerated van will have to face down the very worst of the British weather, and a poorly maintained van may struggle. Here at BHRV, our team has years of experience in the refrigerated vehicle industry and have put together this helpful guide to assist you in how to keep your refrigerated van in top condition even in the worst weather conditions. 

Pay Attention to Warning Lights

Warning lights are visible on your vehicle’s dashboard and light up for a reason, to catch your attention and make you aware of any problems. Many vans operate on a traffic light system, with a green warning light indicating no problems, a yellow light indicating an issue, and a red light indicating a potentially dangerous problem. Reacting quickly to these warning signs could mean the difference between paying for a repair, or paying for a replacement refrigerated vehicle. Some of the warning signs to look for include: 

Brake Light

A problem is indicated if this light stays on after fully releasing your parking brake or if it comes on while driving. Typically, it means brake fluid is low and is recommended you take it to a professional. If your ABS light is also illuminated, this is a sign that the braking system is malfunctioning and your brakes may not be working properly. 

Power Steering Light

This light comes on when there’s an issue with your power steering, which could affect your ability to turn. For refrigerated vans, sharp turning can damage the cargo in the refrigeration unit and make the goods unusable. Always get your power steering checked if this light stays on after resetting your vehicle. 

Engine Temperature Light

When the engine is overheating, this light comes on. An overheating engine can cause several problems with a regular vehicle, but this problem with a refrigerated van also risks heat altering the refrigeration system and spoiling goods being transported. The damage caused by an overheating engine can be irreparable, so to avoid issues, get it checked as soon as this light appears. 

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Windscreen and Lights

Gritty, wet road conditions can lead to your windscreen and headlights getting covered in dirt and grime sprayed up by other vehicles on the road, which is why it’s essential to check the condition of your windscreen, wiper blades, and headlights regularly. This is to ensure that there isn’t any damage, but also to make sure that your vision is not impaired by dirt and grime on the road. Though unlikely, your refrigeration unit and any conversions made should also be properly checked and sealed before each new journey to make sure none of the dirt from the road can get inside the unit and contaminate goods. 

Ensure Vehicle is Regularly Serviced

For both an independent driver and business, having your refrigerated van off the road and sitting in a garage for a service can be a pain and have an effect on income from transport. However, to keep your van, cargo, and driver safe, regular servicing is recommended and it’s even more important to undergo a service before winter to make sure everything is operating as it should be. Depending on the vehicle, services should be undertaken either every 12,000 miles or every 12 months, whichever comes first – the owner’s manual of your refrigerated vehicle should advise if this is different for your van. Whether you have a brand new refrigerated van in time for winter, or you’re using a second-hand refrigerated vehicle, keeping up to date on servicing is highly recommended in time for winter. 

Be Prepared For Anything

We recommend keeping an emergency kit in the footwell of your refrigerated van, containing supplies should the worst occur and your vehicle suffers a breakdown mid transport in snow, sleet, or other adverse weather conditions. This kit should contain: 

Mobile Phone and Portable Charger: Not only is this essential for arranging roadside assistance in the event of a breakdown, but allows you to contact your employer to alert them of the breakdown so that they can send support to collect your cargo and transport it to its destination without breaking the cold chain

Shovel, Scraper, and De-icer: Snow and ice can cause several problems and, in extreme conditions, trap you in your vehicle. Keep the area around your refrigerated van free of snow build up by using a shovel and keep your windscreen and windows ice free by combining a reliable de-icer and ice scraper. 

Warm Clothing and Waterproof Footwear: With no access to heat, keeping warm is your main priority when breaking down in cold weather. Your refrigerated van will provide some insulation, but make sure you have a good set of warm clothing or a blanket to hand as well as footwear like wellies to keep your feet warm and dry until help arrives.

Want more information? Get in touch with BHRV now! 

There are many other great ways to make sure your refrigerated vehicle stays up and running throughout the winter months, and our experienced team at BHRV are here to help! Whether you’re looking for ways to maintain your current van, or you’re debating upgrading to a new or used refrigerated vehicle, we’re happy to offer advice and guidance for making sure your refrigerated van stays operational during even the worst of the winter weather, so please feel free to get in touch with us today! 

Signs you Should Replace your Refrigerated Van

As with any vehicle, over time your refrigerated van will become less efficient and there’ll come a time when you’ll need to seriously consider replacing your van with a newer model to ensure standards are kept up to code. There are many things to look out for as your refrigerated vehicle gets older, and here at BHRV, our team of industry experts have put together this guide to help you. 

The Problems of a Poorly Performing Refrigerated Van

A refrigerated van’s performance can be impacted in a variety of ways, from the breaking down of the refrigeration unit, to damage causing a loss of insulation that affects the internal temperatures. These issues can lead to food that is being transported to spoil or pharmaceutical supplies, such as vaccines, to be unusable. These issues can be costly for a business, who have taken the time to procure the product, arrange transportation, and expect some form of return from the sale and distribution of goods. 

It’s important to regularly check your refrigerated vehicle for faults or damage. Catching something early could mean the difference between paying the cost of a repair or forking out for an all out replacement. While your refrigerated vehicle will eventually need to be replaced, you can prolong its lifespan by keeping up with maintenance that you can have done professionally or by yourself. Some basic maintenance tips include: 

Regularly Clean your Refrigerated Vehicle

Not only is it important to keep your vehicle clean and tidy for goods, but cross contamination is a real thing that could impact the quality of food and pharmaceutical stock you’re transporting. It’s particularly important when raw meat or with common allergens to prevent the stock from becoming unusable. Aside from this, regularly cleaning your refrigerated vehicle allows you to check for damage or leakages that could lead to issues further down the line. 

Arrange Regular Inspections

An expert mechanic should regularly check your vehicle to ensure that the refrigeration unit is functioning as it should be, but also that the rest of your van is working properly. This means inspecting the engine, brakes, clutch, and any electrical components required to keep your refrigerated vehicle up and running. It’s recommended that an inspection should take place every 25,000 miles, however newer refrigerated vehicles may be able to run for over 100,000 miles before they need an inspection. Any problems found in these inspections can help to inform you about whether a repair or replacement is necessary.

Perform Routine Tune-Ups 

Checking oil and coolant levels and making sure your oil is clean is one of the most basic things you can do for your vehicle, as well as making sure your oil is regularly changed every 3,000 miles. Tuning-up a refrigerated vehicle differs slightly in that they are especially sensitive to build ups of dust, water, and dirt, which can negatively impact their performance in maintaining a consistent temperature in the refrigerated area. This is why when performing a tune-up on your refrigerated van, you should be especially aware when looking out for contaminants that could have gotten into the refrigeration unit, be it summer or winter, maintaining your vehicle is the best way to prolong its lifespan. Letting water, dust, or dirt sit in the unit can lead to future breakdowns that mean a replacement vehicle is needed. 

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How Can I Tell My Refrigerated Van Needs Replacing?

If you’ve followed all the essential maintenance steps we have outlined above and still find that your vehicle is experiencing issues, it may be time to consider a replacement, but you can decide whether you want to invest in a new or used refrigerated van. Unlike regular vehicles that you can theoretically use until they give up, a refrigerated vehicle needs to be kept in top condition to make sure the goods you’re transporting arrive at their destination in accordance with the cold chain put forward by the manufacturer of the food, pharmaceuticals, or other chilled products you’re moving. Some conversions may be performed to prolong lifespan, but common signs your refrigerated van needs replacing includes:

External Damage: Though the refrigeration unit of your vehicle has quite a dense shell, it’s still possible for external damage (gashes, cracks, deep scratches) to break through to the refrigerated space, which causes a change in temperature that impacts the quality of goods. 

Irreparable Faults: One of the most frustrating parts of owning a vehicle is the fact that faults over time are inevitable, and the same applies to refrigerated vehicles. If your vehicle develops a fault that can’t be repaired by a mechanic, or the cost to repair is more than the cost of replacement, the latter is usually the recommended option. 

Trouble Maintaining Temperature: The most important part of a refrigerated vehicle is the cool temperatures they keep. If your refrigerated vehicle is having trouble maintaining its temperature in the storage unit, a replacement is highly recommended, especially if the issue stems from external damage or an irreparable fault. 

Still not sure? Let us help! 

Our team at BHRV are industry experts with years of experience providing new and used refrigerated vans and can offer advice and guidance on replacing your existing vehicle. If you would like to speak to a member of our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

The Cold Chain and Your Refrigerated Van

Refrigerated vans are essential for transporting a variety of goods, such as frozen and chilled food, fresh fruit and vegetables, medication, some cosmetics, and more. Chilled and frozen products must complete a ‘cold chain’ before they can be sold to or used by the customer to ensure they are safe to be distributed. During transportation, refrigerated vehicles make keeping frozen and chilled products safe from production to distribution a lot easier.

What is the Cold Chain?

The cold chain is something that is used when it comes to guaranteeing quality for frozen and chilled goods, such as food and some medications. The chain begins with the product being moved from its natural environment – such as taking a fish from the sea or medication from a laboratory. The basic idea of a cold chain is to make sure an item remains at a consistent temperature from point of origin to distribution throughout each stage of the journey to ensure it is arriving as fresh as the moment its journey started.

Seafood Cold Chain

When it is freshly caught, the quality of the product is high. As time passes, this quality deteriorates as the fish begins to decay, which is caused by the vitamins and minerals within the body breaking down. At this point, it’s not good to eat and in some cases, it can be extremely dangerous to consume spoiled seafood. 

Fresh seafood should be stored at 0 degrees and frozen should be kept at -18 degrees or lower throughout the complete chain. A change in temperature of even 1 degrees can impact the quality of the product and cause food wastage, which in turn leads to time and effort spent harvesting and transporting the product a waste also. 

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Pharmaceutical Cold Chain

The cold chain is a basic requirement for the transportation of pharmaceutical goods, such as vaccines and some medications. With the recent Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of stocking vaccines and making sure they’re usable. Vaccines are especially sensitive to both heat and freezing and need to be kept at a precise temperature throughout the journey from origin to destination. 

Temperature sensitive vaccines should be kept between 2 and 8 degrees in a cold room or refrigerator – making refrigerated vans an ideal solution for transport – or between -15 and -25C in a freezer. The temperatures of refrigerated vans can be adjusted accordingly to suit transportation needs. 

How Your Refrigerated Van Helps The Cold Chain

The temperature of a standard refrigerated fridge van ranges from 0 to 8 degrees while freezer refrigerated vans tend to be -18 degrees. Your van can be easily adapted to suit the needs of your business, whether you courier food or pharmaceuticals, or any other product that requires the cold chain before sale. 

The make of the van isn’t particularly important as most are adaptable to fit specific needs and here at BHRV, we stock a variety of both new and used refrigerated vans from trusted manufacturers, such as Ford, Volkswagen, Citroen, Mercedes, and Renault, giving you a range of options to choose from.

Will My Refrigerated Van be Enough?

These vehicles are designed with the transportation of chilled and frozen goods in mind, so the standard models are typically already fully equipped with everything required to ensure the standards of the cold chain are met. However, conversions can be made if required, such as: 

Additional Racking: To provide extra storage space for larger deliveries, there are a number of racking options available to suit whatever you’re transporting.

Electric Standby: Allowing you to plug in your van to a mains supply to let you keep your goods refrigerated while the van is off for extended periods. 

Strip Curtains: Which are designed to provide insulation and maintain cool temperatures during loading and unloading of the vehicle, whether in summer or winter

Generally, newer models of refrigerated vans are better adapted, but speak to a member of our team at BHRV for more information about how refrigerated vans can be adjusted to suit your requirements. It’s also essential you keep on top of repairs and know when its time to replace your refrigerated van to ensure your goods get from A to B in good condition, though you have the option of replacing your vehicle with a new or used refrigerated van that can be converted to suit your requirements.

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Want to know more? BHRV is here to help! 

Trying to find a refrigerated vehicle that is suitable for cold chain specifications may seem daunting. Our team at BHRV are industry experts when it comes to supplying refrigerated vans for the transportation of goods. If you have any questions about the role refrigerated vans have to play in the cold chain or if you’re looking for advice and guidance before committing to a purchase, we’re here to help! Get in touch with us now, we can’t wait to hear from you!  

Our Ultimate Guide To Refrigerated Vans

Whether you already have a business set up that requires refrigerated vans or freezer vans, or you are planning on setting up a company that requires them, they are an excellent asset for companies that need to transport perishable goods. They are necessary for businesses that deal in fruit, vegetables, fresh produce, and even medical supplies. Using a refrigerated truck or van gives yourself the best opportunity to provide your customers with outstanding produce and delivery; this also considers your customers’ health and safety, which is the utmost important aspect of transporting any goods. 

If you are trying to maintain or increase your company’s reputation, correctly transporting your goods is one of the best ways. You also need to make sure you are on the right side of any health and safety rules and laws that cover the items you are distributing, for example, if your products need to be refrigerated, they need to be delivered in a van that can keep the temperature between 0 + 8 degrees. All it takes is one incredibly sunny and hot day, which we know doesn’t happen as often as we would like in the UK, to ruin your entire van of produce without a temperature-controlled area. Don’t put your company’s stock at risk and jeopardise the chance to make profits by not having the right equipment to transport your items safely. 

The process of buying a refrigerated van might not be as straightforward as it sounds; there is a range of factors that need to be considered before buying or even renting a van for your business. You need to decide the size of van you need, think about how much load you need to transport daily, and what temperature the van will need to be kept at to work effectively. The main thing to consider is if you are planning on expanding in the future or increasing the number of products you offer, whether or not the van you buy now will be suitable then, they are not cheap, so it is essential to consider this. 

The most significant consideration is whether a refrigerated van is right for you? Our team at BHRV has been providing customers with refrigerated vans and hiring our refrigerated vans to companies far and wide. Not only that, but we can carry out complete refrigeration conversion services if you already have a van. To find out more, get in touch with one of our team members today. We have several years of experience in our field and can help you find the right refrigerated van for you.

Do You Need A Refrigerated Van?

It might come as a shock to you to hear that the range of companies and businesses that can benefit from a refrigerated van is more than just food companies; having worked in the industry for several years, we have put together a shortlist of the top handful of companies we have worked with over the years. 

Catering Firms – One of the most prominent companies that would use a refrigerated van is a caterer; this allows them to safely transport food and beverages without health and hygiene regulations, including sandwiches and cakes, ideal for a local bakery! 

Florists – One of the most important aspects of a floristry company that delivers is a van that can be kept cold enough, so the bouquets and flowers stay fresh. Your flowers will wilt on a warm day and arrive looking tired and old without one. 

Ice Cream Companies – Nobody wants their ice cream runny or melted; with a freezer van, you will be able to keep your products frozen, running around -18 degrees. The smallest temperature increase on a sunny day can affect the quality of items such as ice cream; using a freezer van will help protect your stock! 

Pharmacies –  you may not know it, but medicines and pharmaceutical products need to be delivered at a specific temperature, with strict rules and regulations that must be adhered to; any company transferring medical products needs to do so at the right temperature.

One thing to bear in mind is that there is a legal requirement for companies to transport perishable goods correctly; if not, you will be found to be breaking The International Carriage Of Perishable Foodstuffs Regulations 1985, which is a punishable offence. Ensure you are using the right equipment to transport your products; it will help keep your reputation with customers high and reduce any risk of damaging products. 

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Read Our Top Things To Consider When Choosing A Refrigerated Van

Temperature:

This should without a doubt be the first thing you consider when thinking about a refrigerated van, regardless of whether you are transporting fish, sandwiches, cakes or medicines, the temperature needs to be suitable for your product every time. More often than not, refrigerated vans have temperature controls, but you will need to consider whether you need separate areas in the hold of the van for different products. For example, do you transport both cold and frozen products?

What are the good you transport?

The goods you transport will determine what kind of refrigerated van you need; every industry is different and will need to meet specific health and safety criteria. For example, an insulated van is only designed to maintain a temperature, such as overheating on summer days. This type of van does not have a refrigeration unit installed; it is ideal for customers who make short journeys, such as florists. 

Logistics Of Your Van 

You need to make sure that the layout of your van will work for your companies needs; for example, if you are a butcher and using your refrigerated van for transporting meats, you may need space for hanging products meaning a large refrigerated van will be needed. Realistically, you want to maximise your space if you have a conversion carried out. Otherwise, you are wasting valuable transportation space. 

Consider Your Doors

This is something that most people forget about, but the doors are vital to your van working correctly; when you are out delivering perishable goods to your customers, you will need to be in and out of the back of the van. Consider whether you require side or back doors, organise your deliveries on a first-out basis, and think about strip curtains; these will help retain a relaxed environment in your van. 

Do You Need Additional Features?

One final thing to consider is whether you need any additional features within your refrigerated van; maybe you have a large van and need anti-slip flooring for items that can create condensation or products such as fish that need to be on the ice. You might also find it will help when your drivers climb in and out the back of the van when out on delivery.  

Have You Considered A Fridge Van Conversion?

One of the most popular options for refrigerated vans is a converted van; this is simply a van that has been taken by a company such as ours and transformed into a refrigerated or freeze van. Having a conversion carried outcomes with a wide range of benefits, such as deciding on the layout of your new van to suit the needs of your business. Not only that, but it can help with cost-saving, especially if you already have a van that is suitable for the job, you will be able to have that converted. 

The main factors you need to consider when thinking about having your van converted to a refrigerated van are to discuss with the company you choose the logistics of your van and the refrigeration unit that will be fitted. 

  • Find out what the logistics are from insulation, how will the company prevent cold loss?
  • Confirm that your new van will meet the requirements for your industry once complete 
  • Always choose a reputable company for carrying out the conversion; this will make sure your finished van is of high standards. 

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Should You Hire Or Buy A Refrigerated Van?

Another major factor to consider when thinking about refrigerated vans is whether or not you are in the position to buy a van, or would it be more beneficial for you and your company to hire? This will solely depend on your business plan and the products you deliver, how often you deliver, and where you deliver. 

  • One main reason to hire a refrigerated van is that when you choose to hire, the van will be updated as and when it is coming to the end of its life on the road; when you buy a van, you will have to make another purchase. 
  • Hiring will be more beneficial than buying enough vans to run your company if you have a large fleet of delivery drivers.
  • Some periods may be quiet, and you might not need a van for a few months; this is why we would recommend hiring over buying. 

You would need to make sure you discuss with the company you are looking to hire your refrigerated van from; this will help provide them with a clear outline of what you are looking for. Our team at BHRV take great pride in making sure anyone who uses our rental service is getting the most for their money and that we provide you with exactly what you are looking for. 

What Makes & Models Of Refrigerated Vans?

Regardless of your requirements, the discussion on the make and model of the refrigerated van you choose will always be personal to your company and preferences. If you want to buy or hire a van from our company, we can provide you with new and used vans, conversions and rentals at highly competitive prices. Having been in the industry for several years, we have found five top companies our clients choose when purchasing or renting refrigerated vans. These are; 

We have several years’ experience in buying and selling both new and used refrigerated vans, our team know what we are talking about, so should you need help or guidance, we are the team for you. Let our team help you meet the demands of your business and provide you with the highest quality brands on the market. 

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Contact BHRV For More Information Today

When it comes to finding and choosing the right refrigerated van for your company, you have come to the right place; our team here at BHRV are always available to help you find the most suitable van for your company. When you decide to grow your company through the use of a refrigerated van, give us a call; we will be able to help you buy brand new vans, used vans, or help with full van conversions. 

If you would like more information on the refrigerated vans we can offer you and how they can help you expand your business, reach out to one of our team members today. We are happy to discuss your specific needs and requirements and make sure you get the right van for your company. 

Reasons Your Business Needs A Refrigerated Van

If you’re a business owner, chances are that your company needs to transport food products or temperature-sensitive goods. If it does, then this blog post is for you! There are many reasons why your business should invest in a refrigerated van or truck, and our team here at BHRV discuss them below. 

First of all, if there’s one thing most people know about the restaurant industry (and any other food-related industries) is that it’s very temperature sensitive. Whether you’re making ice cream or transporting fresh produce from farms to grocery stores, having a vehicle with a proper cooling unit will make sure everything stays fresh all day long – whether on the road or just sitting in the warehouse waiting to be shipped out. That means less waste and more profit for your business! 

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Keep Your Good Safe 

You may find it obvious, but one of the main reasons to choose a refrigerated van is to keep your goods and products as safe as possible. A lot of people don’t see the benefits of a refrigerated van and think they can be a waste of money, but we can promise you they are worth every penny. They offer great protection for products and goods that are temperature-sensitive, for example, a refrigerated van will make your deliveries of meats, fruits and flowers easier. Your product will stay fresher for longer, providing your customers with the highest quality produce possible. 

Sending goods that are not up to standard once will damage your reputation, so having a refrigerated van will keep your business going strong. Not only is having a refrigerated van a way to keep your goods protected but it also protects you and your business reputation. 

Take Control Of Your Services

When you own a refrigerated van it gives your business a new level of control, you can provide your goods and produce when you want to, being able to distribute yourself brings a whole new aspect to your business. Once you own a van you can choose when you provide a delivery service and you can also ensure the deliveries are carried out without the hitch. 

When you buy your own refrigerated van you have control over every aspect of your delivery service, how your product is handled and stored and also how it is packaged for delivery, you know what your goods need more than anyone else. 

Taking control of your own services keeps you in control of every aspect of your business, it allows you to keep the business working in a way you are happy with, from the temperature of the van to the final deliveries of your goods, you are in control. 

Adds Flexibility To Your Business

When it comes to products that get distributed by refrigerated vans we often think of food, flowers and medicine, but we forget that refrigeration is open to many other industries as well. For example, companies that deal with fine art, antiques, personal products and also chemicals. By purchasing a refrigerated van you are giving your company the opportunity to be flexible and diverse. 

If for example, you are a delivery company, by adding refrigerated vehicles to your fleet of vans you are opening yourself up to being fully flexible and giving your company the ability to deliver a wider range of products in the best way possible. The end goal for everyone is to keep the consumer happy, having the equipment and tools to do this not only defines your business but will also help it grow and develop. 

Advertise Your Business 

Having a refrigerated van like normal vans gives you the opportunity to advertise, you can get the van wrapped or graphic design added. Anyway you can promote and advertise your business is a great asset, and when you can do so on a van that you own, why would you not take full advantage of that? 

With your refrigerated van, you can add your logo, branding, contact details and any other information relevant to your business, your refrigerated van becomes a consistent marketing scheme. Advertising your company every single time you take to the road. 

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Contact BHRV Today 

There’s a lot of reasons why you might need a refrigerated van. If your business is in the food and beverage industry, or if you are transporting perishable goods like medicine, medical equipment, flowers or even produce that needs to be delivered quickly – then it may not be an option for you to get by without one. 

To find out more information about why your business should purchase or hire a refrigerated van, get in touch with our team at BHRV. Not only do we sell new and used vans, but we can also offer you full conversions. Get in touch today to find out more.

The Different Types Of Refrigerated Vans Available

With a number of refrigerator vans on the roads today, have you ever wondered about the differences between them all? Here at BHRV, we are experts in refrigerator vans, we have supplied new, used and converted vans for a number of years and have a vast amount of experience. Our team have used our knowledge and expertise to put together a list of the different van types you can get on the market today. With a range of vans available, some of them have different specifications, this is because of the different goods that need to be transported using refrigerated vans, here is our guide to the different choices you have available to you. 

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Insulated Vans 

The main concept of a refrigerated van is that it not only keeps your goods cold but it also keeps warm air out, working with a refrigeration system to ensure that a consistent temperature is maintained throughout the van, insulated vans don’t offer this. They are not built with a fitted refrigeration system, but they are capable of keeping goods and products cool for as long as possible, suited better to shorter journeys. 

Insulated vans are best suited to distributing long shelf life products or non-perishables, this is because without a refrigeration unit you cannot guarantee that a consistently cold temperature will be reached. Built using 50-millimetres of styrofoam or polystyrene, the vans are built in a way that prevents a thermal bridge from forming, this is done by cutting off all possible access for warm air to move into the van. Once the rear doors of the van have been closed and sealed, the cold air will remain in place for as long as it can, but it won’t be as effective as a van with a refrigeration system. 

Conversion Chiller Vans

These types of vans are basically insulated vans with a refrigeration component attached, turning them into conversion chiller vans. This in essence means, the van keeps the warm air out, whilst dragging more cold air in, keeping products and goods colder for longer. Having a conversion chiller van means you are able to transport non-perishable goods, but only ones that do not require a sub-zero temperature, so it is most readily used for fruit, vegetables and shelf-life products. 

A few examples we can give you of companies that would choose a conversion chiller van are florists, pharmaceutical companies and those who are needing to transports goods that don’t need to be below zero but need to be chilled. Perfect for chilled beverages and sandwich companies. 

Semi-Freezer Vans 

Semi-freezer vans are a little more advanced than both the chiller van and conversion vans that are on the market today. With a 75-millimetre thick wall cavity, they are more advanced, this means they can offer a higher refrigeration capacity. These vans are built in order to transport and distribute frozen goods, and any other products and goods that need to stay below freezing. More often than not these vans are also fitted with a quick-defrost system in place, this removes the need to have a defrost heater. 

With the main storage compartment reaching between -10c and -15c, this type of van is perfect for transporting frozen food, quickly and efficiently. 

Full-Freezer Van 

When it comes to refrigerator vans, these are the creme de la creme. Perfect for any goods that need to be kept frozen, these vans offer the best freezing systems. Sharing many of the specifications of the semi-freezer van, the full freezer vans are built with thick, heat resistant doors and walls. This enables for a constant freezing temperature to be reached, once that temperature has been reached it won’t falter. Having thicker doors and walls means that the interior temperature won’t be affected by direct sunlight on the outside or by changes in external temperatures. 

These vans are perfect for transporting frozen food, and any other goods you may be distributing that need to consistently stay below freezing. 

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Contact BHRV Today 

If you have enjoyed reading about the different types of refrigerator vans on the market today, and have any questions or queries, be sure to reach out to our team today. We have offered services in new vans, used vans and conversion for a number of years and are experts in our field. All you need to do is get in touch with us today. BHRV are always more than happy to help you in any way we can.

How Does A Refrigerator Van Work

When it comes to refrigerated vans, they are exactly what they sound like. Here at BHRV we are experts when it comes to refrigerated vans, they come boasting the same properties as a household refrigerator but slightly different and on a larger scale. Used across the country as a way to transport goods and products for distribution they are often spotted on our roads.

If you are interested in how refrigerated vans work, our team here at BHRV have put together this blog post regarding how they work so you can work out which model of the refrigerated van will work best for you.

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How Do They Work?

Believe it or not, they work in the same way household refrigerators do, using airtight containers to lock in the cold and block out the heat, keeping the inside cold and refrigerated. They offer a way to transport products and goods that need to be kept at a low temperature, enabling an easy way of distribution across the country. Long haul deliveries have been made possible because of the refrigerated vans available on the market today.

Similarly to a household refrigerator, vans also come fitted with a condenser, this has been designed to condense air into a liquid, and forces the heat to dissipate. The liquid that is leftover from this process cools and makes its way to the evaporator.

When it comes to refrigerated vans, the air evaporates inside the cavity where the stored goods are put for transportation. This moves air into the area and is evaporated at a low temperature, keeping all heat absorbed and ensuring the van is kept at a cool temperature. The air circulating allows for the backspace of the refrigerated van to stay cold and keep at a low temperature with only minor fluctuations.

The gas that is leftover moves back to the compressor, the heart of the system, it turns the low-pressure gas into hot, high-pressure gas. Which is then forced out of the condenser and the whole process starts again. It is basically the same as your conventional fridge at home in your kitchen, except on a larger scale. Giving you the perfect option for transporting and distributing cold goods.

Insulated Vans

When it comes to insulation, household refrigerators and refrigerated vans are slightly different to each other, this is because refrigerators in your home are more often than not subject to fairly consistent temperatures. Whereas vans that are travelling on the road are subject to not only cold temperatures especially overnight but also very hot temperatures during the summer.

The most important part of a refrigerated van is the insulation, for a high-quality van you need thick, high-quality insulation. The more insulation your van has, the better refrigeration it will offer. Not only will it keep the cold in, but it will also stop the heat from moving in, vacuum locked doors also prevent this but that is an add on you can choose when purchasing your van.

There are a lot of vans on the market today, all of which come with different standards of insulation, different levels of freezer systems and also, in general, can be used for different needs.

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How Do You Choose The Right Van

When it comes to all of the different makes and models on the market today it can be difficult to choose the right one for you based on how they work. You need to take into consideration what van would be suitable for you and your company, it all depends on what type of temperature you need the van to be. Another thing you need to consider is choosing a van that will work the product you have, whether it be food products or goods that need to be stored at the right temperature.

Choose from a range of refrigerated vans on the market today, they are; insulated vans, conversion chiller vans, semi-freezer vans and full-freezer vans. If you want to know more about the different van options, take a read of one of our other blogs right here. It has all the information you need about the different options available to you.

Here at BHRV we can offer you new and used refrigerated vans as well as full conversion options, get in touch with our team today to find out more.

Transporting Food Safely in Fridge Vans and Vehicles

There’s a lot of legislation, rules and regulations involved when it comes to transporting food in and around the UK. So any business that is involved in this sector needs to be strict and adhere to all regulations. Should you be thinking about starting up a business as a supplier of perishable food, such as meals, meats, fish, poultry and frozen products, the safety of these products is a lot to consider and think about.

Here at BHRV we are experts when it comes to providing refrigerated vans for the food and drinks industry, our professional team knows everything that is needed to know about both the safety and efficiency of food transportation. We will help you to choose the best fridge van for your needs.

Times and Temperatures

Should you be moving food over a short distance across the UK, or you’re travelling further to Europe, you’ll need to consider how long certain goods will be in your vehicle for.

  • The van will need to be cleaned and made sure it is safe before you use it for deliveries.
  • Businesses will also need to make sure that there is no cross-contamination when it comes to different foods and that the food is kept at the correct temperature.
  • Raw food should be kept away from cooked food and the containers that they are packed in, will need to be kept at the right temperature.
  • When it comes to chilled food, the maximum temperature is 8℃, 5℃ is also recommended.
  • For frozen food, -12℃ is an acceptable, however good practice generally means keeping a temperature of -18℃.

The Challenges of Transporting Food

Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of small food establishments that are supplying markets and customers. A major challenge of this includes online businesses struggling with deliveries to local markets. They will need their own delivery vans or will need to hire logistics companies to transport their food goods. By hiring a fridge van company, this can cause issues such as multiple handling of food.

For those highly perishable goods like seafood and fish, they will present a bigger challenge, whereas maintaining the right temperature during delivery can be even more critical as usual. It’s essential that you work with the correct partners when it comes to organising your food delivery structure, this includes where you buy and hire your vans from.

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The Right Fridge or Freezer Van

Should you be a small business or a large organisation, when it comes to maintaining your fleet of fridge and freezer vans, this will be one of the most important areas to consider. When it comes to finding the right transport, it can be challenging to find freezer vans for hire, as some providers may not specialise in this area at all.

Here at BHRV we are experts when it comes to providing freezer and refrigerated vans and vehicles for food and catering. We have years of experience and can provide you with all of the help, support and advice that you need to ensure that you choose the right refrigerated truck or freezer van for your food and catering needs. A refrigerated van is a big investment and we can help you to choose the right one, check out our refrigerated van buying guide.

At BHRV we aim to provide the best service for all of our customers and clients, from fridge vans for business including food and catering, florists and the pharmaceutical sector, to freezer vehicles and fridge van conversions. Make sure that you call our team today.

Refrigerated Vans for the Pharmaceutical Industry

When it comes to delivering medicines and medical equipment to patients, professionals and organisations, it’s a key area of health and healthcare services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, prescription deliveries to homes and households have been essential for those people who have been shielding due to chronic illnesses.

Refrigerated vehicles play a super important part when it comes to deliveries, this is because a lot of medicines will need to kept at specific temperatures, without a suitably adapted commercial fridge van or vehicle, pharmacies and expert couriers can’t provide their roles efficiently, this can create logistical issues and also impact patient wellbeing.

The home delivery of medicines in those areas with local lockdowns has overall been very successful, volunteers have been great and provided a constant flow of deliveries in areas where lockdown has stopped patients from accessing key medical services.

With a yearly turnover of around £60 billion, the UK’s pharmaceutical sector has become one of the most profitable business areas in the world. This also means that there’s never been more of a demand for safety and that better health has increased the requirement for seasonal vaccination programmes as well as revolutionary new vaccines.

It’s essential that vaccines and medicines are kept in the right condition, they will be very fragile, the NHS has issued strong warnings regarding this, failure to follow and comply with these regulations can put user’s health at risk and will also put healthcare organisations at risk of any reputational damage and legal penalties. In order to avoid this, pharmaceutical companies need to ensure that their fleets of refrigerated vans meet all specified standards.

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Keeping Medicines and Vaccines at the Right Temperature

Pharmaceutical products tend to lose their effectiveness when they’ve not been stored at the right temperature, with this in mind they can have a fatal effect, especially when they have been administered to patients. This is all in line with Public Health England and The Royal College of Nurses – all vaccines and medication should be stored in bespoke fridges during transportation. The temperature requirements will range from +2℃ and +8℃. However this will all depend on the manufacturer’s recommendations, another reason why this is essential is that failure to comply can result in wastage and unwanted costs to the NHS.

The temperature must be consistent at all times of transportation, in order to achieve this, vehicles will need to be fitted with an effective and high-quality temperature-controlled unit or system. If a van was to break down, the refrigerator unit and system must still be able to keep pharmaceuticals cool as well as avoid any permanent damage. The cost of damaged medical products can be really high, research has shown that this was at around £255 million in 2017 alone, which is huge. Temperature fluctuations are a big factor when it comes to spoiling medicines and vaccines, even without the financial loss, it could also put patients in danger. All the more reason to ensure that only the best quality refrigeration vehicles and vans are used for pharmaceuticals.

It’s essential that temperature-sensitive cargo has only the very best care, pharmaceutical couriers need to utilise refrigerated and freezer vans that use a range of temperature applications, as well as multiple temperature compartments that will help to cater for complex needs.

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For Fridge Vans for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment, Call BHRV Today

Should you be looking for refrigerated vans, the team at BHRV have got you covered. We offer a full range of fridge, freezer vans and vehicle services, whatever your requirements, we have
got you covered. Our new refrigerated vans and vehicles also undergo chiller, freezer and bespoke conversions and fridge van conversion kits, all of which are provided in our workshops by trained technicians and specialists. At BHRV when it comes to fridge vans and vehicles, we will meet your every need, it’s our priority to ensure that our customers receive a van or vehicle that is of the highest standards. Simply get in touch with BHRV’s team today, we are always available to take your call.

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