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How to Choose a Good Chiller Van for Your Business

Penny Roberts

A chiller van is often needed for any type of food or flower delivery service; they're also typically needed to transport raw foodstuffs and anything medicinal, as well as furs. While the term "chiller van" may make it sound like the back of the van is always cold, this type of vehicle is also needed for hot food delivery, as a chiller van had added insulation in the cargo area to keep food warm. When you're ready to purchase such a van for your company, note a few details you don't want to overlook.

Water leakage

If you're transporting goods that are frozen, it is likely that some ice or frost will melt while those items are in the van, leading to water build-up. Transporting flowers in water can also result in water dripping and pooling in the back of the van. This water can then leak into seams and cracks in the van's cargo area, causing damage to the body and potentially leading to rust and corrosion of the vehicle's frame.

To avoid these risks, you'll want a chiller van with a solid cargo area; this is one that has been outfitted with a full, seamless insulated piece in the back, or that has been sprayed with an insulating coating, which then covers any cracks or seams. This will keep water in the cargo area and out of those seams and cracks, for easy cleanup and to reduce the risk of water damage to the van itself.


To note the type and quality of the insulation you need, consider what you're transporting. If you will be delivering pastries or hot foods, you need to invest in the thickest foam insulation for the cargo area of the van, as these materials need to withstand outside heat and cold. However, if you will be outfitting the van with small freezers for ice cream, those freezers will have their own layers of insulation, and will typically be temperature controlled. You may then only need moderate insulation in the van's cargo area to help maintain a cool temperature.

It's also good to note the standard delivery area in which you'll be driving your van. In the city, with lots of vehicle traffic, it can actually get very warm because of all those fumes and emissions; in turn, you'll want to invest in thicker insulation for the van. If you'll be driving on the highway, where temperatures may be more moderate, you may only need thin insulation to maintain a moderate temperature in the van.


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Hello, my name is Audry. I would like to offer you all a very warm welcome to my new automotive blog. When I was growing up in the 1960s, my daddy would always try to stop me playing with my brother's toy cars. Times were different then and people believed that little girls should not be interested in greasy engines. When I grew up, I went to college and got a job working for a large Australian bank. However, I didn't lose my passion for automobiles. I still like to hang out at the local auto repair and sales shop and I have learnt a lot during my time there.