The possible uses for a freezer van are almost endless. Whether you are using your van to keep ice cream cold so you can deliver it to excited children or utilising it for safely transporting produce from one state to another, van refrigeration can be a necessity for some.
As far as van refrigeration installation is concerned, there are a few ways that you can go about getting it done. This article aims to provide you with some options so you have a better idea of what steps to take to get your van refrigerated.
First, however, we will take a look at how the refrigeration system in a freezer van works.
Van refrigeration works very similarly to the refrigerator in your home, but the insulation involved must be more effective since there is the possibility of it being very hot outside of the van.
The system includes an evaporator, a condenser, and a compressor to take heat away from the environment.
There are both diesel- and electric-powered refrigeration systems available. The system should be maintained regularly to ensure that it is working at optimum capacity, as well as to fix any big issues that might occur before they get worse (and costlier to repair).
Installation by Professionals
For you to get a refrigeration system installed in your van, you really only have two options: buy a kit from a company that includes all of the components required and then have a professional install the kit in your van, or simply go straight to the professionals and have them find the components needed.
Although it can save you money, it is not a good idea to try to install the van refrigeration system yourself unless you are certified to do so. The last thing you want to do is to have to spend even more money to have a refrigeration expert fix what you messed up.
Speaking of money, it costs around $15,000 to obtain a van refrigeration installation kit. In regard to the actual installation process, costs vary according to the company you go to. You will need to do a little research and see what the best one is for your budget and specific needs.
Buy New Van
If you do not feel like dealing with the hassle of getting a refrigeration system installed in your van, you can always opt for buying a van that is already equipped with one. Although this can be significantly more expensive than using an existing van, it is much faster and can be far less stressful.
To purchase a freezer van, you will most likely need about $50,000, and they can go for much more than that. Take a look at used ones if you are on a tight budget, but it is nice knowing that with a new van, the refrigeration system is also new and in working order.
Rent a Freezer Van
If you are only in need of a van with a refrigeration system for a short period of time, you should think about renting a freezer van. This should run you about $150 a day. The only catch is that you will need to live somewhere where this is actually an option.