A truck (North American and Australian English) or lorry (British and Commonwealth English) is a motor vehicle designed to transport cargo. Trucks vary greatly in size, power, and configuration, with the smallest being mechanically similar to an automobile. Commercial trucks can be very large and powerful, and may be configured to mount specialized equipment, such as in the case of fire trucks and concrete mixers and suction excavators.
6 Tips for Maintaining Refrigerated Trucks
Refrigerated box trucks are all over the UK, and they are being used to transport products that are temperature sensitive. As a result of corrosion and other factors, refrigerated trucks do not last long. Regardless of the brand of truck you are driving, so long as it has a refrigeration system, continuous maintenance is needed to ensure your goods don’t get damaged, as well as to extend the lifespan of your truck. Not only does the refrigeration unit need to be checked often, the truck itself has to be regularly maintained. Fortunately, that and much more, are what we do at Glaciers Vehicles. Let’s give you a few tips to aid in the longevity of your truck.
- Wash the Refrigerator Box: Ensure you wash the refrigerator box out after every load. If the items you are hauling include fish, it can spill blood and other dirty things on your truck’s floor. After delivering the load, ensure you wash the floor thoroughly, but, be swift, so as to get back to your business.
- Switch off the Refrigerating Unit between Loads: When loading and unloading, ensure the refrigeration unit is not running. If the truck doors are open, shut them, to deny warm and humid air access. Failure to shut the refrigerating unit can result in warm air freezing on the evaporator coil, which could disrupt the flow of air, and trigger defrost mode. Shutting it off is also fuel-economic.
- Unit Check: Carry out a unit check before taking your truck out for delivery. Ensure the insulation is crack-free, the gauge is functioning properly, and that all locks are working. Don’t assume it’s working fine, make the check a ritual. Early discovery of issues will reduce potential damages.
- Inspection of Box Truck: Employ a professional, with experience with refrigerated trucks, to carry out regular inspections on your truck. A professional mechanic can easily spot a potential problem with your truck, and early discovery will afford you the chance to tackle it head on. Routine inspections may prolong the lifespan of your truck and refrigerating unit.
- Take the Pulp Temperature: Relying solely on the temperature gauge is not advisable. Unfortunately, it is a common mistake. You should, rather, use a pulp temperature thermometer to record the temperature of your goods during loading. Pulp the air temperature to ensure it is still the same, pulp before leaving, and also pulp the load when you are at the delivery point.
- Fuel Up: We recommend you go to the shipper with a full fuel tank. In most cases, shippers will not allow you to haul a load with less than 75% fuel level. Furthermore, most cooling units make use of a diesel generator, therefore, power loss could damage the products. In addition, you are able to go to the farthest location for delivery, thereby ensuring customer satisfaction. It will also inspire confidence in all parties.
Need a professional to maintain your truck? Or do you want to install your refrigerating unit? Why not call us today on 0208 668 7579