Most of the consumer goods found in retail outlets across the country spend time being transported by semi-trucks. When these consumer goods are perishable, only refrigerated trailers can be used for transport.
A refrigerated trailer is capable of maintaining a set indoor temperature, regardless of how hot it gets outside.
If you are thinking of investing in a refrigerated trailer to diversify your shipping company, there are some important facts you need to know.
1. Refrigerated Trailers Age Differently
You might think the only difference between a refrigerated trailer and a dry trailer is the cooling unit, but this isn't always the case. Refrigerated trailers often have multiple components that must be maintained properly in order to function efficiently.
The structural integrity of a trailer is all that matters when you are investing in a dry trailer. When you are investing in a refrigerated trailer, you need to pay close attention to both the structural integrity of the trailer and the condition of its refrigeration components.
Refrigerated trailers age differently, depending on how well they have been maintained. This means that you may not want to purchase a trailer that is too old if you want to avoid expensive repair bills in the future.
2. Reefer Hours Must be Documented
All drivers must document the number of hours a refrigeration unit is in use on a trailer. These hours are commonly referred to as reefer hours.
It's important that you take the time to verify the number of reefer hours on any trailer you are considering adding to your fleet. The number of reefer hours on a trailer will help you determine exactly how much life is left in the refrigeration equipment housed on that trailer.
It is advised that you purchase the trailer with the fewest reefer hours in your price range to minimize any delivery delays caused by equipment malfunctions over time.
3. A Refrigerated Trailer Can be Refurbished
A lot of trucking companies like to purchase used trailers to help keep costs low. Buying a used refrigerated trailer can be dangerous due to the differences in how these trailers age. Fortunately, all refrigerated trailers can be refurbished.
A refurbished trailer is essentially a refrigerated trailer that has had the entire refrigeration system replaced. These refurbished trailers cost more than a used trailer, but they are significantly more affordable than the brand-new refrigerated trailers available through a dealership.