Refrigerated Vans: Frequently Asked Questions

Refrigerated Vans: Frequently Asked Questions

Refrigerated vans have become popular over the last number of years, giving many industries an ideal way to transport food, drinks, pharmaceuticals and more. Having an option that allows for insulated and temperature control is perfect for being able to transport perishables. With the right van for your product, you can keep products at the correct temperature all day. 

Here at BHRV, we have been in the refrigerated van industry for many years, learning the ins and outs of what it is our customers want. Through this development we can sell you new, used and van conversions, meaning we have something for everyone. To find out more read through our frequently asked questions below, or give us a call. Our team is always more than happy to talk to you and discuss your specific needs and requirements. 

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Our Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Refrigerated van?

A refrigerated van is exactly what it sounds like, a van with a refrigeration unit installed. Almost like a home refrigerator on a grander scale. Giving people the chance to store and deliver perishable goods at the ideal temperatures. In 2019 it was estimated 4,000,0000 refrigerated vans were on the roads, offering a vast number of businesses the perfect temperature-controlled delivery van. 

More often than not they are designed using a mechanical refrigeration system that runs off a separate power source than the engine, meaning you can have the refrigerator running and working even when the engine is turned off. 

How Does The Van Work?

A refrigerated van is basically a household fridge, just compacted into a van. These specific vans don’t turn cold, but they do remove heat, keeping your products cold. They are designed to withdraw any possibility of heat from the compartment the products are being stored in, in turn lowering the temperature where a self-controlled atmosphere is created. Refrigerated vans do not “blow out cold air” to keep the van cold, it is simply a case of without hot or warm air, cold air is left. 

This is why you will find every refrigerated van is fitted with a condenser, this works to turn hot gas into a liquid which then dissipates into the atmosphere, all whilst the leftover liquid moves to the evaporator. You can find more about how the vans work right here.

What Temperature Does It Reach?

Most modern refrigerated vans on the market today have a temperature range of 0 degrees through to 8 degrees. This is generally a perfect temperature for the customers who purchase the vans. Whether you are selling refrigerated food or flowers, this temperature range is perfect. 

You can also get freezer vans that offer temperatures around -18 degrees. Perfect for anyone who needs to transport frozen goods. Both options can work for a number of industries and are used for more than just transporting food products. 

What Types Of Vans Can You Get?

Over the years the refrigerated van market has grown and developed to suit different companies needs, because of this you can get a handful of different refrigerated vans. There are four different types of refrigerated vans on the market today and they are as follows; 

  • Insulation
  • Chiller conversion vans 
  • Semi-freezer conversion vans 
  • Full-freezer conversion vans 

If you would like to know more about the types of refrigerated vans you can get, you can read more in-depth information about them right here. Our aim is to try and help as many people understand the vans as possible and the different types available on the market today.

How Thick Is The Insulation?

Along with the answer to the previous FAQ, due to the different range of refrigerated vans on the market today, they also come with a range of different insulation thicknesses. The most common when it comes to refrigerated vans is 50mm of insulation. There is also a range of refrigerated vans that are designed for maintaining the coldest temperatures, these vans have insulation of up to 100mm thick. 

Refrigerated van insulation is made using high-density polymer foam, one of the most effective insulation materials available. 

How Do I Look After My New Van?

The best way to look after your refrigerated van is in the same way you would look after your car. Sending it for regular MOT inspections and services. Along with getting it tuned up, deep cleaned and having the components serviced by refrigerated van experts. 

Should I Buy Or Hire?

It can be difficult to decide whether or not to buy a refrigerated van or hire one, this is completely based on your individual needs. Whether it be the needs of your company or business. The main thing to consider is whether or not you will get enough use out of the van to make it worthwhile purchasing one. 

It is an investment, but with any investment, financial input is needed. Not every company can afford to buy a refrigerated van, but if you are considering buying or hiring read another one of our blog posts here that might help you decide. 

Contact BHRV For More Information

If you have any further questions or queries to our frequently asked ones, please feel free to get in touch with our team today. We have offered refrigerated vans for a number of years, developing and honing our understanding, because of this we are confident we will be able to help you. Whether you are looking for a new van, a used van or a refrigerated van conversion. 

Simply give us a call and we will be more than happy to chat with you. Our team love spreading our knowledge and understanding of refrigerated vans.


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