How to Choose the Best Reefer Trailer:
So you have decided to buy a refrigerated trailer, but you’re not sure which trailer would be the best fit for your application. No problem. This article provides a comparison of new vs. used, Thermo King vs. Carrier reefer units, major brands, and some of the common reefer options, such as skirts, tails, and tire systems.
Buying New vs. Used:
The decision is not as simple as deciding where or not you can afford a new trailer. These days, the hot trend is companies buying a lightly used trailer with a brand new reefer unit installed. These “retro’” or “upgraded” reefers are popular because they deliver the advantages of a brand new reefer unit without the high price tag.
Reefers Age Differently than Dry Vans:
When you are buying a dry van trailer, it is all about the structural integrity of the trailer – it’s about the doors, the cross members, rust, etc. Those factors still apply to a reefer trailer, but there are many other important factors to consider. Repairing the reefer unit and fixing damaged panels, are far bigger concerns for a smart reefer buyer.
Reefer Hours Matter Most:
To most reefer buyers, the hours on the reefer unit are much more important than the date the trailer was manufactured. They would prefer a 5-year old trailer with 10,000 hours on the reefer unit to a 3-year old trailer with 14,000 hours. The average trailer logs between 3-4,000 hours per year on the reefer unit, so expect a trailer that’s been running for 3 years to have 9-12,000 hours on the reefer unit.