Refrigerated Box Trailers for Sale (148)

Refrigerated box trucks are more commonly known as fridge trucks, although this does not cover those that have to deliver frozen goods – these are technically ‘Freezer Trucks’ although no one ever uses that term.

More common is to have dual compartments where a truck operator can have one section for chilled goods and behind an insulated partition use the other section for frozen goods.

Used Fridge Trucks

You will often see this type of configuration in the home shopping delivery vehicles that have ambient, chilled and frozen sections.

Great care must be taken when buying a used refrigerated box truck, as the chances are you will be carrying foodstuffs and therefore will need to be mindful of any potential contamination of the fridge body in its first life.

Body
Refrigerated Box
Make
Gray & Adams
Location
Lot No: 429 14M - Twin - Deck - Insulated - Box - **Fridge - Removed** .VAT on Hammer: Y. C261874
For Auction at Protruck, Belton, Doncaster on 2022-02-03
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Body
Refrigerated Box
Make
Iveco
Model
Eurocargo
Location
2010 Iveco 75E16, euro 5, 7.5 ton, 160 horse power, 6 speed auto gearbox, day cab, 3 seats, 203000miles, 1 owner, 16ft fridge with side door, 2 barn doors and a 1 ton tail lift, movable divider, carrier supra 750 diesel fridge motor with 3 phase stand by, cd player,
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Body
Refrigerated Box
Make
Scania
Model
P Series
Location
2005 SCANIA P230 4X2 D/CAB 18 TON REFRIDGERATED TRUCK, CARRIER SUPRA 750 MOTOR, MANUAL GEARBOX, JUST OFF WORK
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Body
Refrigerated Box
Make
Iveco
Model
Stralis
Location
Iveco, Stralis 460 EEV 6X2 Tractor Unit, Double Sleeper Cab, PTO, Wet Kit, Expansion Modual, Highway Spec, Eurotronic 12 Speed AS2330 Gearbox, 2.64:1 Rear Axle Ratio, Mid Lift, Highway Pack, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Digital Tacho, CD Player, Handsfree, Climate Control, Multifunction Steering...
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Body
Refrigerated Box
Make
Scania
Model
P Series
Location
6x2 - Rearlift - 10.2M - Carrier - Supra - 950 - Fridge - Box, - Tail - Lift MoT: 2022-08-31T00:00:00 .VAT on Hammer: Y. DIRECT FLEET NK13TBV
For Auction at Protruck, Belton, Doncaster on 2022-02-02
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Body
Refrigerated Box
Make
DAF
Model
LF55
Location
2011 daf lf 55 220 4x2 on air 18 ton 2005 21ft meat railer fridge with hoist


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Body
Refrigerated Box
Make
Scania
Model
P Series
Location
6x2 - Rearlift - 10.2M - Carrier - Supra - 950 - Fridge - Box, - Tail - Lift MoT: 2022-10-31T00:00:00 .VAT on Hammer: Y. DIRECT FLEET NK13TBX
For Auction at Protruck, Belton, Doncaster on 2022-02-02
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Body
Refrigerated Box
Make
Isuzu
Model
N75
Location
2015 Izuzu N75.190 Forward. Easy shift. 7.5Ton. Fitted with temperature controlled fridge body. Carrier XARIOS 600mts2 Frige unit. Complete with rear barn doors and DHollandia Column tail lift. Side load door. Very clean condition inside and out. Ready to go straight to work. Will not be around for...
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Check the Body Over

As with buying any used truck it is important to not just check the driveline and cab out, the condition of the body is paramount.  Check for sign of earlier damage on the sides and even to the roof of the body, in case it has had a disagreement with a tree or similar.  If there have been any repairs, then check the quality of the work here.  Does the floor look like it has been getting wet over a period of time?  If so, then check the surrounding roof and sides for evidence of damage.

Important with a fridge truck is to give it the ‘nose test’.  A good whiff when first opening the doors should indicate what it had carried and whether there is any contamination to the insulated lining of the body or flooring.  Ask the truck dealer or the truck operator selling the fridge truck what the truck has carried in a previous life.

Side loading door on fridge truck
The side loading door improves driver safety and useful for multiple compartments in the insulated body

Side doors? Rear Doors?

The type and umber of doors on the insulated body will depend on the type of work you will be carrying out.  If the truck only ever gets loaded and unloaded once each way from a loading bay, then a roller shutter will be ideal.  However, if the fridge truck is needed for multi drop work, then it is best to make a door available as small as possible to carry out the unloading required.  Remember that this may often be at the roadside, delivering to convenience stores, so a side loading door will offer the driver additional safety rather than working at the rear of the truck.

Many trucks are available with triple hinged doors, so the driver does not need to open a huge barn door which would let all the cold air out.

Check out the triple hinged rear doors of the fridge truck for sale
Check out the triple hinged rear doors of the fridge truck – this reduces chances of cold air escaping on multi-drop work

What’s the Fridge Unit Like?

Once you’ve checked the physical body over, then time to take a look at the fridge unit. Check the operating hours on the clock, then start the engine – ideally from cold. These engines require maintenance like all other engines, although an operator may choose to scrip on this side of the servicing if times are tough.  Check with the seller if there is any servicing history related to the fridge unit.

Leave the motor running for a while and check the temperature drop.  If it takes too long, it may indicate here is an issue.

There are a few manufacturers of refrigerated units for trucks, some brands – like the trucks themselves – are worth more in the resale market.  Carrier and Thermoking are the two main brands that fridge truck buyers are looking for, although UK based Hubbard and sister company, the Italy-based manufacturer Zanotti (both owned by Japanese Daikin), French manufacturer Lamberet also sell in the UK market.

Does it have Overnight Standby?

If the truck has the ability to be plugged in overnight to keep the temperature down, then this needs to be checked as well.  After testing the motor, turn it off and not the temperature. Switch over to standby mode and check the temperatures – they should continue to fall.

Temperature Recorder Fitted?

Whilst you may not have to have a temperature recorder fitted to your truck, a used fridge truck will be more valuable with one.  These gadgets keep a log of the temperature throughout the day to guarantee an audit trail for perishable items that need to be kept below a certain temperature.

Having one fitted will give you peace of mind as well as enhancing the resale value of the truck should you need to sell again – or if you gain a contract that specifies that a recording device is fitted.

Fridge Truck Temperature Recorder
Transcan Fridge Truck Temperature Recorder

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7-Tonne Iveco Daily Fleet for Food Delivery

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Another 600 Iveco Daily Vans for Tesco

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Mercedes Ategos’ Reliability is Key for Cook

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The Isuzu N75 Museum Piece

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What is the Best Make of Refrigerated Box Truck?

(Updated January 2022)

There is usually no straightforward answer to this question, for example, some manufacturers may make excellent Refrigerated Box trucks at the top of the weight range, but their lighter weight models are less well thought of - perhaps they are too heavy or not engineered correctly for the duty cycle.

Remember too, that there are only seven or eight major truck manufacturers that market their trucks in the UK. DAF Trucks are the outright market leader, so you would usually expect them to top this poll for all categories. However, this is not always the case.

So how can we help to decide the best manufacturer of Refrigerated Box trucks for the UK market? Using the amount of information we hold at Truckpages regarding the popularity of the trucks, looking at the most popular trucks for each body type would usually show us the best Refrigerated Box trucks for the average operation. With this in mind we can definitely answer the question:

Who makes the most popular Refrigerated Box truck on the used market in January 2022?

In first place comes DAF with a great range of DAF Refrigerated Box trucks with 39 examples currently advertised on Truckpages.

To look at DAF's approach to the market, it's worth taking a look at their used tipper trucks are broken down by individual model groupings - to check the models out, click on the link to browse further.

Model Groups for DAF Refrigerated Box Trucks


Second place sees the Mercedes Refrigerated Box appear on the podium with a choice of 19 currently availble at Truckpages as of January 2022.

The last podium place goes to the Scania Refrigerated Box with 15 examples currently advertised for sale at Truckpages as of January 2022.

The Winner! It's the DAF Refrigerated Box

DAF is The Most Popular Refrigerated Box Manufacturer in the UK Typical Used DAF Fridge Truck for Sale - Here a DAF LF180 12 tonner with Carrier fridge unit

And in second place - It's the Mercedes Refrigerated Box

Second Most Popular Refrigerated Box Manufacturer in the UK Typical Used Mercedes Fridge Truck for Sale - Here a Euro 6 Actros 1824 with Carrier Chiller and a sleeper cab

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DAF Refrigerated Box Trailers (39)

DAF fridge trucks are a firm favourite amongst UK truck buyers.  Their build quality and reliability make them an ideal choice for local refrigerated transport.

When looking to buy a used DAF fridge truck, check over carefully the DAF chassis and driveline, but spend more attention on the fridge body and chiller unit.

Make sure that the body will cool to the required temperature both using the inbuilt donkey engine but also the overnight standby, (where fitted). If the body is multi temperature, dual compartment then test all sections for temperature and general condition.

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Mercedes Refrigerated Box Trailers (19)

Mercedes trucks make great distribution vehicles - the three pointed star adds some brand kudos to an operator.  For this reason there are always plenty of Mercedes Fridge trucks for sale at Truckpages.

For lighter work, expect to be looking at the Atego fridge truck, whilst older versions of the Mercedes 18 tonne fridge truck are more likely to be an Axor with newer versions being Antos or Actros.
Used Mercedes Fridge Trucks
Surprisingly it is still the Axor that is the most common Mercedes fridge truck for sale at Truckpages.  It will shortly be eclipsed by the Actros that has been... Read More Info & View Mercedes Refrigerated Box Trailers for sale...>

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