What has several wheels, attaches to a semi-truck and keeps temperature-sensitive goods cooled? If you said “reefer trailer” then you are correct! What is a reefer trailer? A reefer truck is nothing more than a big refrigerator on wheels. In the United States, if you could count the amount of reefer trailers operating right now, you would need about 500,000 fingers.
We have all been there at one time or another; we have temperature-sensitive goods but can’t get them to their destined location. If only you had brand new reefer trailers or even some used reefer trailers But wait! You saw used reefer trailers for sale down the road. But how to choose a used reefer?
How To Choose A Used Reefer
Here is a hypothetical: you have two vehicles of the same make and model. Both vehicles, of course, are both good for the same amount of miles. For the sake of argument and simplicity, let us say their maximum miles are 100. Vehicle A is reach 25 miles, but is 5 years old. Vehicle B is only 2 years old, but it has tallied 70 miles. Which would you prefer? Vehicle A, of course.
Choosing a used reefer works in a similar fashion but instead of miles, it tallies hours. If two reefers are of the same make and model, but one is older with fewer hours while the other is half as old with twice the hours, you can make a safe bet that the older one is a better choice. If the older reefer trailer has been maintained well, or needs very little work, you will get more bang for your buck.
Another popular option on how to choose a used reefer is opting for a used trailer but replacing the old cooling unit. If the trailer was, again, well maintained then you can certainly save yourself money just replacing a cooling unit that has reached old age, or rather, ran out of time (pun intended). This gives the buyer the advantage of having a good trailer with a brand new cooling unit without the more expensive price tag.
Regardless if it is used or new, it should be noted that it really comes down to preference. Used and new reefer trailers carry a max weight of 44,000 pounds. Both offer a temperature range between -20 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, if the used one is up to snuff, that is. You can find any used and new trailers between 28 and 53 feet, but never any that are taller than 13.5 feet. Either are capable of helping you claim a dream of transporting goods, especially if you live in the top five United States Ports: Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Seattle/Tacoma, and Savannah.