Save $25,000 Instantly Over a Refrigerated Van
You may want to think twice before you make your purchase. A refrigerated van will end up costing you more, not only to buy, but also to operate and repair. One alternative to a refrigerated van that many people are finding more effective and less costly are portable cooler trailers.
The initial purchase price of a refrigerated van is much more than that of a refrigerated trailer.
For example, a refrigerated van can cost anywhere from around $38,000 to $78,000 brand new. Many businesses do not need vehicles as big as large reefer trailers, and as such, are happy to pay considerably less for a Cooler Trailer, which is amply sized for their business and which in many respects outperforms the larger trailers or refrigerated vans. In fact, a refrigerated trailer cost 90 percent less than a refrigerated van, which is an incredible initial savings.
The savings do not stop there, however. Trailers will also cost you much less to insure than a refrigerated van and since they are simply towed by your own vehicle, they cost virtually nothing at all to run. In fact, the only fuel they use is that which is used for cooling if a generator is being used to power the refrigeration unit during transportation. While standing, the unit can be plugged into a standard 110 volt system.
These small reefer trailers can also be detached from the main vehicle and left standing on site while the vehicle that towed the trailer is free to use for other business that comes up throughout the day. This is very helpful for businesses with only one or two vehicles, as they will not need to tie up any one vehicle for an entire day simply because the refrigeration unit is needed at another location. They are great for people in the catering, florist, restaurant or wedding industries, or for any small business owner who frequently needs to provide refrigeration for the transport of food or other items on a regular basis.
Perhaps best of all, is the use of standard refrigeration on the portable refrigerated trailer which allows any refrigeration mechanic in town to work on equipment. The key is to modify the standard refrigeration system for transportation use. Built to run off a generator or 115 volt electricity, makes them extremely cheap and easy to repair, whereas refrigerated vans need specialized maintenance. There will be no more costly repairs needing to be done by a refrigeration expert in the unlikely event that anything does break down in the unit.