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Trucking Checklist: Things You Need to Consider when Buying Refrigerated Trucks

By Clorinda Disimone Subscribe to RSS | February 29th 2012 | Views:
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For industries that deal with transporting temperature-sensitive goods, an insulated truck can be a valuable investment. Insulated trucks are vehicles designed with one or more layers of insulating materials to maintain interior cargo space temperature. An insulated truck can also be identified as refrigerated truck. Below is a list of things you need to consider when buying refrigerated or reefer trucks.

Products to be Transported

Key specifications of the insulated truck will depend on what you will be transporting. For instance, dairy products and fresh sea foods may require specific temperature levels to stay fresh. You also need to consider the packaging and size of your products that will determine the dimension and quality of airflow inside the cargo area

Temperature that Must be Maintained

Maintaining the recommended temperature for your products is one of the challenging parts of operating refrigerated trucks. If you want your products to stay fresh while transporting them, you need to choose an insulated truck designed with the right amount of insulation and the right type of insulation material for the walls, floors, and roof. In some cases, products may have to be maintained in different temperatures. You will have to choose a truck that can store fresh, cold, and frozen products in just one cargo area.

Loading and Unloading Your Products

You also have to identify how you are going to load and unload your products using the truck. Are you going to use your bare hands or a forklift? Many insulated trucks Ontario residents can count on can be installed with forklifts as an upgrade. Other trucks may also be upgraded through tandem axle installation.

Engine Configuration

Engines of reefer trucks Ontario dealers have to offer are often configured based on the refrigeration unit attached to it. Should the refrigeration unit be working even if the truck engine is not running? If you need to keep your products inside the truck for a certain period, you will have to install an electric standby. This will allow you to connect the refrigeration unit to an outlet for power during overnight trips and stopovers.

Securing Your Cargo

Unless you are planning to use simple roll off trucks Ontario dealers have to offer, you also need to secure your cargo. Some trucks are equipped with lock bars, while others can be installed with rope ties and floor ties. You may also need to consider other specifications such as side doors, handles, steps, and others.

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