Used Refrigerated Vans For Sale

Fridge vans are the answer to avoiding food spoilage during transportation, and for keeping any perishable items fresh. You can regulate the temperature of these refrigerated vehicles to keep your products cool. Refrigerated vans are very versatile in their build quality. The temperature of these vehicles varies from 0 °C to 8 °C, which makes these vans useful across a range of transportation and logistics industries. Sophisticated mechanical engineering and thermodynamics technologies are employed to make sure the fridge vans are as energy efficient as possible. You can buy a fridge van that works for your business needs, helping you boost efficiency. If you’re working with a small budget, our used fridge vans for sale can be the right option. We have a diverse range of these vehicles at our dealership to choose from. Whether you’re looking to purchase a refrigerated commercial vehicle, a fridge van for private transport, or a large refrigerated truck/vehicle for road haulage, you can find all you’re looking for at Glacier Vehicles.

What are Fridge Vans Used For?

 Refrigerated vehicles are important when it comes to transporting temperature-sensitive goods. Florists, for example, require specific temperature ranges to maintain colour and consistency in flowers. Too warm or too cold temperatures can destroy the integrity of their produce. Fridge vans are also used in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The ‘cold chain’ needs to be maintained when transporting medical goods; many medications require temperature levels to be constant. Other businesses that require the use of fridge vans include vegetable and fruit delivery businesses, dairy product transportation, sandwich delivery businesses, and so many others. If your business has a need for a fridge van, please contact Glacier Vehicles today to enquire about any of our many fridge vans for sale.

Temperature Controlled Vehicles for your Transportation & Logistics Needs?

 Traditional refrigeration setups don’t work for every business, we understand that. In fact, the scope of business in different industries is changing to the point where mobility has become essential. Therefore, you may require fridge units in wheeled vehicles to always keep your products fresh while you’re on the go. When it comes to fridge vans, there’s a need for great diversity in the UK transport and logistics industry. We also understand that businesses require different models and types of vehicles that match their needs. Our experts are well-versed in transportation engineering and the types of cooling technology that will suit your specific needs. Your business can be badly affected if you have the wrong refrigeration equipment installed. We have seen this happen over the years with clients that come to us looking to purchase a refrigerated van. The good news is, you can leverage our experience of over two decades to make sure you always get it right. Even if you’re looking to purchase a used vehicle, we can match you with a refrigerated truck that works for you. Our vehicles are sourced from top manufacturers in the car industry, and fitted with new conversion units. So, rest assured that with our vans you’ll get exceptional value for your money.

Buying Bespoke Used Refrigerated Vans

 We can get the fridge van specification you need, however unusual it is. We always fit our used refrigerated vans with new refrigerator systems and new GRP installation. Our vehicles come with a 12-month warranty to secure your peace of mind. We’ll go through a consultation phase with you to ensure we understand your business needs and the refrigerated van you require. This will enable our engineering team to help you purchase the vehicle of your choice. While we’ll work with you to ensure you get the vehicle that suits your budget, we’ll also make sure you get what you need in terms of efficiency and economy.

How do fridge vans work?

 Fridge vans are seen on the road all the time, but they are more than simply another mode of transport. It’s not uncommon to wonder how these vehicles work. Sometimes, these mobile refrigerated systems may seem complex. The truth is, they actually are! A lot goes into engineering a fridge van to perfection. Refrigerated vans work in a similar way as household refrigeration units. They utilise an insulated airtight compartment, as well as a condenser system, to channel heat out of the unit. Refrigeration systems in fridge vans may offer the same functionality as a house unit, but they are built in a different way. From the thermal insulation technology to powering, fridge vans come with a whole lot of different features.  While home refrigerators stand alone, the units in fridge vans are tied with the performance of the vehicles carrying them. Most of these systems are powered by the vehicle’s engine, meaning that issues that affect the van also affect the refrigeration system.

Thermal Insulation

 Insulation is a crucial component of refrigerated vehicles. The van is almost always exposed to heat from the environment and its engine. As a result, fridge vans come with thicker insulation than traditional household refrigerators. This helps with food preservation during transportation. The insulation of fridge vans is generally produced from highly dense polymer foam that contains millions of tiny air bubbles. The thick foam is responsible for keeping the heat out. Other components also work in the insulation apparatus to ensure heat does not find its way into the refrigeration system.  The thermal system consists of three main elements: an evaporator, a condenser, and a compressor. The condenser is a system of interconnected thin pipes, containing a special coolant fluid. This liquid is specially formulated for efficient heat absorption. It turns into gas as it absorbs the heat from the system, while running around the network of pipes. The gas goes into the compressor when it reaches the other end of the network. This is where it is compressed at a very high pressure. The evaporator’s job is to send external air through the high-pressure gas. This will reduce the temperature of the coolant gas, turning it back to liquid as the heat dissipates into the atmosphere. The result of the entire process is a remarkable temperature reduction in the insulated compartment.

Thermal Engineering

 Converting a refrigerated van is an undertaking that is best carried out by engineering thermodynamics experts. This is because temperature control is a make or break factor for the food industry and other businesses that deal with temperature-sensitive materials. So, if you’re thinking of getting a home conversion kit for a DIY attempt at making your fridge van, you should weigh your options properly. There are two primary systems in a refrigerated van: the actual refrigeration system, and the insulation apparatus.  The insulation of fridge vans is normally produced from high-density polymer foam. This foam is similar to Styrofoam, but thicker. The thicker the insulation of any fridge van, the less amount of heat that is able to seep into the refrigerated system. To properly fit the insulation system, technicians take extra care to ensure every last inch of the van’s interior is covered with a thick layer of foam. The foam is then lined to create a durable surface. This prevents damage to the insulation from loading and unloading activities. It will also keep spillages from getting into the insulation compartment.  When it comes to lining, two main methods are used: dry lay and wet lay. The dry lay method involves arranging thick, white plastic tiles inside the vehicle. With the wet lay method, a liquid polymer that thickens when sprayed is used. This creates an impregnable, smooth white layer. It is the method most recommended by experts for fridge vans. Our experts always ensure every process is checked and cross-checked to eliminate any margin of error. With our newly converted fridge vans, you can have peace of mind that your products will be safe.

How we ensure our temperature-controlled vehicles are converted to meet the highest standards

We use superior quality control units and manufacturing automation to ensure we provide the best refrigerated vans at a great price. Utilising light but durable and strong components to enhance vehicle productivity, our converted vans for sale are made to suit the driver’s needs. This includes supporting stand-by electrical power, racking, and multi-temperature capabilities.


The regular surface of our converted vehicles for sale comprise of a durable GRP sheet. Using this method, we make sure there are no heavy elements in the wall construction of your refrigerated van, without falling short on durability. We’ll also provide a wide array of finishes that our experts will advise you on based on your specific needs.


Insulation is one of the most important parts of purchasing a refrigerated van. An extremely thick layer of polymer material like polystyrene will be used in In many cases, we adopt the use of extruded polystyrene (XPS) to provide the best standard. The material provides:

  • Outstanding, low thermal conductivity
  • Fire resistance
  • High shear and tensile strength
  • Closed cell structure, to avoid water absorption


We always make sure our customers are guided properly in choosing the right refrigeration unit for their purposes. The system needs to be suitable to the point where correct temperatures are maintained in ambient environments, and where the temperature is up to 30 ⁰C.

Power Source

 Electricity is needed to power the refrigeration unit in the fridge van. This is one of the main distinctions between a refrigerated vehicle and a home system. The home refrigeration unit normally draws power from an electric grid, but the fridge van utilises a direct drive mechanism, where the cooling compartment is powered by the vehicle’s engine.  However, some fridge vans use separate power sources, other than the engine. These are normally seen in situations where the refrigerated vehicle will be stationary for a considerably long period of time. These events may include on-site catering occasions, and other similar situations. The direct drive system is considered the simpler and more efficient method when it comes to delivery engagements.

Types of Fridge Vans

 There are different types of fridge van for sale, suited for different purposes. Our experts are always committed to helping you make the right choice.  Fridge vans are classed using different categories based on their size. There are fridge vans with different wheelbases, which are constructed for varying road transport purposes. You can choose between a short wheelbase, a medium wheelbase, and a long wheelbase. We have all classes of used vehicles in stock, giving you a wide range of options available to order.  The wheelbase of a vehicle is the distance between the centre point of the rear wheels and the centre point of the front wheels. This is not the same as the vehicle’s length, which is the distance between its external front and rear points. The size of the fridge van as a whole is another issue altogether. We sell small to large used refrigerated vans, suited for different commercial needs.

Small-to-medium Used Fridge Vans

When it comes to speed and efficiency, we have small to medium used fridge vans for sale that can suit your needs. If you’re involved in a business that requires carrying small loads, then our small-to-medium used vans represent are the right option for you. You can go for 2 pallet vans, with payloads from 400 kg to 800 kg, that come with specifications of your choice.

Medium-to-large Used Fridge Vans

If your delivery business requires a bigger larger vehicle, you can buy one of our medium-to-large used fridge vans. These vans are fitted with new insulation systems and refrigeration units that are capable of maintaining the temperature of larger items. You have the option of going for 3 to 4 pallet refrigerated vehicles, with maximum payloads of 800 kg to 1300 kg, depending on the specifications you have in mind. Remember that our experts are always happy to help you evaluate your needs in order to guide you on the best option.

Recommended Vehicles

We sell used fridge vans from top manufacturers in the van industry. Understanding that your needs are specific, our experts will advise you on the right brand and specifications for you. You can go for 2 pallet vans, of 2m to 2.5m internal length, or 3 to 4 pallet vans, of 2.9m to 4.2m internal length. We always make sure the used refrigerated vehicles we have in stock are in top condition to handle your business needs. Whether it’s a Ford transit connect, a 2016 Peugeot Partner, or a 2017 Volkswagen Caddy, all our vehicles go through an excellent conversion process to get them ready for your business to order.

The correct refrigeration unit for Fridge Vans

There are different types of refrigeration units with different capabilities and specifications. Your business operation will require a specific type of unit, different from others. When you get in touch, our experts will work with you to ensure you’re matched with the right system at a price you can afford. Factors that will be considered when choosing the right unit include:

Make and Model of Used Fridge Van

The make and model of the van you purchase to be converted will determine the kind of unit to be installed. This is usually due to space requirements, the air conditioning system in place, and payload. Vans need to be matched with units powerful enough to maintain the temperature of the expected amounts of cargo to be carried.

The kind of service you deliver

You’ll need a particular type of refrigerated unit when you order a van, depending on the kind of service you offer. If you’re always on the road, then a direct-drive system will be sufficient. But if you’re occasionally parked out at an event or destination, then you’ll need a refrigeration unit with a standby facility that can be powered by a mains outlet.

Drop Rate

The number of drops you’ll be making each day when delivering your products will also determine the kind of unit to be installed. This also goes along with the length of your average delivery day. The longer your working day and the higher your drop rate, the more powerful your refrigeration unit needs to be.

What to Consider When Looking for a Used Fridge Van

Getting the right fridge van for your needs is crucial. When it comes to used fridge vans, it becomes even more important that you choose carefully.   There are many models and makes of refrigerated vehicles and each one comes with different capabilities. From the payload capability of the van, to the temperature requirements, it’s easy to get lost when deciding. However, with our help, you can be sure you’ll find the right vehicle for your needs at a price you can afford. When considering the kind of vehicle to purchase, there are certain factors you must evaluate. This will help you narrow down your specifications and give you a clear vision of what to go for.

Fridge Van Make and Model

It’s vital that you understand the commercial van make and model that best suits your requirements. Every van comes with standard features. Having a resolute and refined sense of what you want in a vehicle will help you choose wisely. However, note that you can always make additional changes to the van you get.

Fridge Van Payload

Having a complete idea of the overall weight of the goods you’ll be transporting at any given time is the next step. The driver’s weight should also be considered. Every make and model of commercial van comes with a payload limit. This will help you narrow down your consideration.

Temperature Required

Once you have figured out what you’ll be transporting, you can then evaluate temperature requirements. The kind of refrigeration unit to be fitted in the van will be determined by the vehicle’s size and payload. The temperature needed for the purpose of your business should be factored in. This covers whether you need temperatures regulated at -18 ⁰C, or chiller fridge vans with a range of 0 ⁰C to 8 ⁰C.

Is stand-by required?

When ordering a refrigerated van users commonly go for a standby option. This enables the van to retain power while it’s parked up. This option comes in handy in situations where you handle a catering business that calls for stationary positions over long periods. Some of our customers want the standby option because they want their units running even when they make drops.

What is the mileage on the vehicle?

When considering a used van, it’s important to check its mileage in order to understand its condition. We provide this detail with all our used fridge vans for sale, to give a perfect idea of what you’re going for.

How Much Do Used Refrigerated Vans Cost?

Price is an important matter, especially when it comes to used vans. However, you should never compromise on quality. We offer affordable options here at Glacier Vehicles, while also ensuring you get the best your money can get you. You can find out specific price ranges of our used fridge vans when you contact our experts. Check out our catalogue, where pricing and vehicle specifications are laid out.

How many used refrigerated vans do you keep in stock at your dealership?

We have an extensive collection of used vans for sale, at any given time, at our dealership. However, you should note that our vehicles have low mileage, and are never too old to efficiently carry out your business needs.

Do your Vans Come with a Warranty?

We cherish the peace of mind of our customers and, as such, offer a 12-month warranty on our used fridge vans for sale, as well as our new refrigerated vehicles.

What Components are your used refrigerator vans built with?

We convert our used fridge vans with the best components in the industry to ensure durability and efficiency. We use extruded polystyrene for our insulation systems and source the best refrigerated units from top manufacturers.

Why choose our used refrigerator vehicles?

If you’re looking to buy affordable used refrigerated vehicles, that are in tip-top shape, and fitted with new insulation and cooling units, then you’re in the right place. We have been supplying these vehicle types to businesses across the nation over the past two decades, and we have an enormous number of repeat customers.

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