What is a Freezer or Fridge Van Conversion?

What is a Freezer or Fridge Van Conversion?

Refrigerated van conversions have set the standard for the temperature-controlled transport sector, these vehicles have been converted into a fridge or freezer van and can transport a range of products that require certain temperatures. For example, in pharmaceuticals, public safety is essential and will need to meet the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidance surrounding medical products for human use. Here at BHRV, we take a look at the refrigeration conversion process.

Refrigerated Vehicle Conversions

When it comes to using manufacturing automation, as well as superior systems, conversion kits will make use of light, strong and durable areas that can help to optimise vehicle productivity, conversions have the flexibility to suit a range of user needs and requirements. This includes racking, electric standby and multi-temperature capability. Conversions that exceed the needs of testing will need to be certified as being suitable for the carriage of different types of perishable loads, this includes food and drink as well as pharmaceutical products.

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How Do We Convert Vehicles?


We recommend that you choose a light, strong and durable GRP sheet that comes with a woven roving reinforcement as a regular surface, this way you don’t need to use weighty timber elements within the wall construction, while not compromising on strength and durability. Load-bearing floor panels can benefit from extra reinforcements as well as a choice of finishes that will suit your operation.


Use an extruded polystyrene insulation board, this will ensure manufacturing to the highest standards, this type of material will include an exceptionally low thermal conductivity figure along with other benefits such as high tensile and shear strength, fire resistance and closed-cell structure in order to reduce water absorption.


Refrigeration or heating units that will extract any unwelcome heat that penetrates the lining, we aim to provide our customers with suitable refrigeration units, this is so that the converted vehicle always maintains the right temperature in all environments.

The Conversion Process

  • The vehicle base is stripped and any cavities are filled with foam and insulation
  • Insulate the doors and cover with GRP sheets
  • Add strengthening to the roof for the fridge unit
  • Add vacuum pressed panels of foam and marine plywood
  • Cut the panels to size
  • Install the bulkhead, roof, sides and floor
  • Seal all joint
  • Laminate the panels in the vehicle
  • Paint the interior using Gelcoat
  • Fit LED lights
  • Fit the right fridge unit

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Conversions from BHRV

The conversions that we provide are high quality and competitively priced, we can convert any and all vans to chiller, freezer and fridge vans. When you choose a van conversion from BHRV, you can expect:

  • Highly durable
  • Will last the test of time
  • Made to the highest standards
  • Efficient
  • Cost-effective

For more information on our fridge and freezer conversions and conversion kits and services, get in touch with BHRV today, you can also check out our refrigerated van buying guide here.

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