Converting a van into a refrigerated vehicle can be an expensive endeavor, but it can also be well worth the investment. If you’re in the market for a refrigerated van, there are a few things you should consider before you buy:
Understand Your Needs
Before buying a refrigerated van, understand what your needs are and how you anticipate using the vehicle. If your business will be transporting perishable items on a daily basis, then you may need a more sophisticated system than you would if you only needed to transport perishable items on occasion. For example, if you only need to transport food for special events like weddings or corporate holiday parties, then it will make sense to invest in a less expensive system that can keep food chilled for short periods of time.
Consider Where You Live
If your business is located in Orlando or Miami, Florida, then buying a refrigerated van may not make sense for your company. However, if most of your clients are in Alaska or other cold-weather climates, then investing in refrigeration equipment is probably worthwhile. When considering where to buy your van from and where to have it customized with refrigeration equipment, think about whether there will be additional labor costs associated with installing the equipment because of where you live.
The size of the van, both internally and externally, is the most obvious consideration when buying a refrigerated van. When ordering a new vehicle it’s important to go through all of your potential requirements in meticulous detail. This includes any equipment you are going to be transporting in addition to your stock. For example, if you have an installation team that will also be using the vehicle, allow for tools and safety equipment such as traffic cones.
A vehicle with dual temperature range offers great flexibility for companies transporting both chilled and frozen goods. For example, a sandwich company may use the same vehicle for their daily delivery route; dropping off chilled products in the morning and frozen products later in the day without having to change vehicles or swap thermostats.
Before you start looking at refrigerated vans, it’s important to figure out where you’ll be using it and what it will be used for. Refrigerated vans come in a range of sizes, so it’s important to know if you need a small, medium or large van depending on what you will be transporting and storing.
It’s also important to think about whether you will be driving the van yourself or if it will be driven by someone else. If you plan on driving the van yourself then space and comfort may be important considerations for you when choosing your vehicle, however if someone else is going to drive it then this may not matter as much so long as they have enough room to transport the goods safely.