Reefer Features & Options - Utility Trailer (2023)

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Reefer Performance Features

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20K aluminum duct floor system

1½" extruded aluminum 20,000 lb high wear duct floor system features 12" centerline crossmembers with full length hardwood fillers from sustainable sources and integral 10" heavy-duty extruded aluminum non-tapered wearband.

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Utility-designed rear Barrier Door®

The bonded foam "sandwich" design reduces weight, optimizes thermal efficiency and provides a tight seal. Hardware is mounted without "thru-holes" into the foam cavity, reducing moisture entry points.

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.065" Versitex®-Utility VR2 lining

Utility’s high impact lining on the complete interior and on the exterior underskin below the floor reduces maintenance costs, and wards off damage from forklift impact.

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Integrated heavy-duty 10" high wearband

3/16" thick, it provides greater protection against fork truck impacts. Fasteners are not exposed and will not back out or leak moisture into foam insulation.

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100% LED lighting

Our LED lighting package provides longer service hours and lower draw on the battery for reduced maintenance costs.

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Support leg bracing

Aerospace-style wingplates have collared holes and embossed ribs for increased strength and lower tare weight. Formed channel braces provide additional durability.

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100% soldered main harness

The sealed main harness features 100% soldered internal connectors to prevent corrosive de-icing chemicals from traveling through connections into the wiring.

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5½" deep extruded aluminum crossmembers

Aluminum crossmembers in the bay area provide optimal floor strength and reduce tare weight providing greater durability and higher payload capacity.

Reefer Performance Options

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Air return bulkheads

There are a number of air return bulkheads available to fit a variety of refrigeration units. Several different styles of pallet stops are also available.

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Bottom rail protectors

Front and rear bottom rail protectors add versatility in intermodal transportation for railway applications. Available in steel or aluminum.

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Recessed logistic track

Recessed logistics track allows you to use a variety of load restraining devices (straps, load bars, etc.) without sacrificing inside width.

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Clearance light packages

An array of LED clearance light models and configurations are available to meet the specific applications of your operation

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Electrical system options

Various clearance light packages, tracking systems, remote thermostats, tire pressure-monitoring systems and other advanced technologies are available.

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Severe service high impact linings

Additional thicknesses of high impact linings from multiple suppliers are available for severe service operations.

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Factory-installed rear & side door lift gates

Utility offers high quality lift gate installation from most manufacturers to provide you a fully operational trailer direct from the factory.

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Temperature management systems

Multiple systems are available at the factory with both preparation and/or installation to protect products and ensure quality during transportation.

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Custom positioned side doors

Doors can be positioned in a variety of locations in order to increase compartment accessibility and meet your specific requirements.

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Remote magnetic shut-off switches

Shuts reefer unit off when an open door exposes the inside of the trailer to the ambient environment.

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Remote evaporators

Factory-installed remote evaporators are available in a variety of locations for all multi-temp trailer requirements.

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Roll up door installation

Utility offers roll up doors from most manufacturers to meet the unique applications of your operation.

Reefer Durability Features

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Corrosion protection

A kingpin section fully immersed in rust preventative coating, a stainless steel rear case and barrier tape between dissimilar metals reduces the potential for corrosion.

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Impact-absorbing rear gusset

13½" deep rear gusset connects rear door frame to bottom rail, reducing dock impact damage and providing a recessed area to protect lower rear lights.

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ConMet Preset Plus® premium wheel end system

ConMet Preset Plus includes iron hub, seals, bearings, spacer and spindle nut. This premium system also comes with an 8-year warranty.

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Stainless steel rear door frame

Corrosion resistant, the shallow design door header provides increased rear door opening height for greater loading ease while minimizing load damage.

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Unique tensioned roof design

Our bi-directionally tensioned aluminum roof skin has diagonal reinforcing plates at all four corners. It is supported by anti-snag roof bows and is mechanically crimped around the top rail for moisture entry protection.

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Heavy-duty kingpin section

Approach plate is supported by six formed channels to prevent dishing. The kingpin is AAR-rated and the whole assembly is secured to the bottom rails with stainless steel rivets.

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Stainless steel covered extruded aluminum corner posts

Extruded aluminum corner posts provide greater durability for reduced maintenance costs. Replaceable, easy-to-clean polished stainless steel inserts improve appearance for increased resale value.

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5⁄16" thick dock board guide plates

Protects the rear of the trailer floor from dock plate damage, increasing durability and lowering maintenance costs.

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Ultra Road Shield™ Plus (URS+)

ASTM proven, this two coat acrylic system with urethane primer enhances corrosion protection, minimizes the effects of weathering and keeps the trailer looking better, longer.

Reefer Durability Options

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Stainless steel I.C.C. bumper

Stainless steel vertical & 7" deep, 8-gauge horizontal bumper provides superior strength and protection. Corrosion resistant and easy-to-clean, it increases resale value and extends trailer life.

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Stainless steel wingplates

Designed with collared holes and embossed ribs to minimize maintenance expenses from road de-icing chemicals, improving overall image.

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Custom wearbands

Heavy-duty aluminum, fiberglass reinforced plastic and HDPE plastic options are available to fit your operation’s durability requirements.

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Stainless steel electropolished lock rods

Electropolished stainless steel produces a corrosion resistant, easy-to-clean polished finish for improved appearance and increased resale value.

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Front corner protectors

Aluminum diamond plate protectors protect against potential high clearance obstructions, reducing maintenance and repair costs and increasing trailer life.

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Severe service kingpin section

Engineered with a thicker approach plate and kingpin plate, this design minimizes damage during heavy-duty service operations, reducing ongoing maintenance costs.

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Exterior rub rails

Constructed from heavy-duty aluminum, they protect the exterior side skin from casual damage, reducing maintenance costs.

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LED dome lights

High output LED lights have lower current draw, increased life and operate equally well in both high and low temperatures.

Reefer Efficiency Features

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Thermal barriers

Low conduction barrier between threshold and buckplate reduces heat transfer, optimizing thermal efficiency and lowering reefer unit operating costs.

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Hendrickson® ULTRAA-K 40K air ride suspension & slider system

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The ULTRAA-K 40K includes a heavy-duty slider box and Quik-Draw® air-operated pin pull mechanism, improves load protection and lowers tare weight. Zero Maintenance Damping® (ZMD®) technology with shockless ride provides added driver comfort.

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Diagonal reinforcing gussets on slider rails

Welded steel reinforcing gussets increase torsional stiffness and strength for superior slider rail stability.

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Foam mandrel with foam-in-place insulation

Foam-in-place insulation provides a 360-degree 100% void free foam envelope that ensures that the entire trailer is fully insulated. With no joints to foam later, this process delivers optimum thermal efficiency.

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Lining corner closures

Fastener free extruded aluminum closures are designed with capture channels to encapsulate the adjacent lining for greater protection against moisture intrusion into the foam insulation.

Reefer Efficiency Options

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Customized floor systems

Various systems are available such as dairy or knurled styles, and extended service floors with extra-thick upper wear surfaces in flat top dryfreight styles.

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Factory-installed refrigeration units and accessories

Utility installs a variety of models of refrigeration units, both standard single temperature units and most versions of multi-temp refrigeration units.

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Pintle hooks/doubles

For better operating efficiency, pintle hooks are available for single axle, turnpike double and Canadian C-Train style dual pintle hook trailer operations.

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Diamond pattern stainless steel door skin

Door skin is easy to clean and resists corrosion, while the high gloss quilted design presents a unique appearance and reduces glare to following vehicles.

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Electric stand-by refrigeration units

Operating an electric stand-by unit during pre-cooling or when stationary yields significant fuel savings that adds to your bottom line.

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Factory-installed decals

High quality decal installation is available and completed at our factories so your trailer is ready to operate as soon as you pick it up.

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Tri-fold rear doors

Barrier design is for tight clearance conditions in order to meet the need for a smaller door opening and lower heat loss.

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Walk ramps from major suppliers

Most manufacturers' ramps are available for factory installation in both side and rear door configurations for greater ease in loading and unloading.

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Multi-Temp load partition systems

Multiple trailer compartment configurations protect temperature sensitive cargo and increase trailer utilization for better operational efficiency.

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Multiple strip curtain configurations

Strip curtains at side or rear doors decrease fuel consumption costs and provide greater temperature control by minimizing air loss.

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CenterSeal® load partition device

The thermally efficient CenterSeal load partition system allows for multiple zones inside a trailer for increased load versatility and efficiency.

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Retractable platforms and stairs

A wide variety of platforms, stairs and steps, from leading manufacturers, are available for better access to the trailer from the side doors.

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Reefer Safety Features

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Bendix® TABS-8 advanced with trailer roll stability program

Trailer roll stability technology improves trailer safety. It combines anti-lock braking (ABS) with a set of trailer sensors that monitor stability and automatically trigger braking intervention when detecting conditions that may lead to trailer rollover.

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D.O.T. rated I.C.C. bumper

Fully integrated into the rear threshold assembly, this high strength steel bumper complies with U.S. D.O.T. and Transport Canada safety regulations. The 7" deep horizontal bumper provides superior strength and protection. The rear impact guard is I.I.H.S. certified and TOUGHGUARD awarded, passing all rear impact tests.

Reefer Safety Options

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Side Impact Guard

Utility Trailer has made available an optional side-impact guard (SIG) for all of its van trailers. Click for more information.

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Anti-dock walk devices and dump valves

A variety of anti-dock walk devices and dump valves are available to stabilize the trailer during loading/unloading, creating a safer work environment.

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Shore power plug at rear

The advanced plug and wiring system delivers greater fuel savings during operation and improves safety with multiple grounding features.

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Tire inflation systems

Choose one of our recommended systems to maintain optimum tire pressure in order to increase fuel economy, improve safety and maximize tire life.

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Grab handles

Stainless steel, aluminum and chrome grab handles are available in a variety of styles for improved driver safety.

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Side and rear steps

Available from most manufacturers in a variety of styles, side steps and rear steps improve operator safety and provide ease of accessibility.

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Verta-Lock® vertical shoring system

A Utility Trailer exclusive, this patented floor-to-ceiling load restraining system is used with specially designed spring loaded vertical shoring bars to hold loads firmly in place.

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Air disc brakes

Disc brakes reduce brake fade, increase braking performance and improve safety – creating shorter, more stable stopping distances. With an extended service life, it lowers maintenance costs and downtime.

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Reefer Features & Options - Utility Trailer? ›

Reefer Key Features
  • Foam mandrel with foam-in-place insulation. ...
  • . ...
  • Bendix® TABS-8 advanced with trailer roll stability program. ...
  • Utility-designed rear Barrier Door. ...
  • 20K aluminum duct floor system. ...
  • Hendrickson® ULTRAA-K 40K air ride suspension & slider system. ...
  • Stainless steel rear door frame. ...
  • USS-120A-4 Aerodynamic Side Skirt.

What is a reefer in a trailer? ›

In trucking, a “reefer” is a refrigerated trailer that gets attached to a semi-truck in order to transport perishables and other temperature-sensitive goods. It was originally the ice cream industry that gave birth to the reefer around 1925.

What is a wedge reefer? ›

A High Cube Capacity Reefer Trailer is built on a Wedge Design where the rear height is greater than the front, allowing for a higher stacked product. The inside front height is increased by 3″, and the rear is increased by 6″.

What is a bulkhead in a reefer trailer? ›

Insulated Bulkheads are used to create multi-temp zones in your trailer to protect temperature sensitive cargo, and to increase efficiency and profits. It is the ideal solution for transporting frozen, refrigerated, and/or dry products.

What are the inside dimensions of a reefer trailer? ›

Reefer trailers are typically 8 feet and 6 inches long. The internal width of the trailer is 8 feet and 1.5 inches.

What do I need to know about reefer trailers? ›

A reefer trailer is also known as a refrigerated trailer. Primarily a dry van, reefers are built with insulation and refrigeration capabilities for the transport of perishable and temperature-sensitive goods. While these goods aren't meant to be heated or cooled, reefers are able to maintain a pre-set temperature.

What are the different types of reefer trailers? ›

The (4) basic types of reefer trailer hauls.
  • General Commodity: 55 degrees. Example: chocolate, marshmallows, dry goods. ...
  • Produce: 36 degrees. Any perishable food/produce.
  • Deep Frozen: 0 to -20 degrees. Example: Frozen food, Ice-cream, and food-grade sushi.
  • Food Service: 2-5 temperature zones, center divide, remote evaps.
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How hot can a reefer trailer get? ›

The average reefer maintains temperatures within a range of about -13 degrees to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there are highly specialized refrigeration units that go as low as -85 degrees Fahrenheit.

How thick is a reefer trailer floor? ›

Common insulation thicknesses:

3” in the floor. 4” on the front wall. and 3′ in rear doors.

How many pallets can you fit on a 53 foot trailer? ›

Assuming your pallets are 48 inches long and 40 inches wide and your dry van is 53 feet (636 inches) long and 100 inches wide, you should be able to fit 26 pallets across the floor of a dry van trailer when loading them “straight”.

Do reefer trailers use diesel? ›

You can use off-road diesel or reefer fuel in a reefer trailer, as long as the fuel is not used to propel the vehicle on the road. Reefer fuel or low emission diesel are often used to maintain temperature controls in reefer trailers.

What is dry van vs reefer? ›

What Are The Differences Between Reefer and Dry Van Trailers?
Dry VanReefer
Maximum Weight Capacity45,000 Pounds42,500 Pounds
Maximum Height Capacity108 - 110 Inches92 - 98 Inches
Maximum Deck Length53 Feet53 Feet
Temperature Controlled
4 more rows

Why is it called reefer? ›

"Reefer" first appeared in the popular song "Reefer Man," recorded by Don Redman in 1931. Some say "reefer" was Anglicized from the Spanish "grifa," a Mexican slang word for marijuana. Others attribute it to the Spanish "reef," meaning to roll, because marijuana cigarettes are rolled.

Why is a refrigerated truck called a reefer? ›

Refrigerated trucks are called reefers because of the cooling system included in their designs. Besides, the temperature of a reefer truck is adjustable to enable it to move heated cargo.

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