Reefer trailer vs. Dry Van
Undecided between a Dry Van vs. Reefer?
You have two viable options, but they are different. Here’s how to choose the right trailer for your cargo.
Make an informed decision about whether to ship your goods by Dry Van or Refrigerated truck.
What Is the Difference Between a Reefer Trailer and a Dry Van Trailer?
To find the best trailer for you, weigh-in the advantages and disadvantages.
Choosing the right trailer type for your freight:
When it comes to moving freight in North America, or shipping freight to California the variety of equipment available can seem limitless.
What is the best choice for my commodity are common questions from shippers all over the world.
We understand you want to make the best decision for trucking your shipment but aren’t sure how.
In this article, you will have a good understanding of differences of the refrigerated trailer to the dry van trailer.
Finally, if you require additional assistance or have any questions about shipping or our trucking services please do not hesitate to contact our logistics services specialist. At Paige Logistics, we’d be delighted to assist you in any way we can.
What is a Reefer Trailer?
What is the Purpose of a Reefer Trailer?
Refrigerated trailers are used to transport any cargo that requires temperature control.
This, combined with their insulated walls, makes them the only type of trailer suitable for transporting perishable items.
These trailers are commonly used to transport products such as fresh produce, pharmaceuticals, meat and dairy.
Refrigerated trailers can load maximum capacity of approximately 42,500 pounds of weight.
Due to their insulated walls, the trailer has a maximum width of 8 feet, 2 inches and height of 8 feet.
Like dry vans, this type of trailer can cannot transport any commodity that exceeds the length of their deck.
Aside from perishable food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals, these trailers are also used to transport hazardous materials that must be kept at a specific temperature. Acetic acid, phenol, propionic acid, and ethyl acetate are a few examples.
What Are Reefer Truck Unsuitable For Shipping?
How Does The Use Of A Reefer Affect Shipping Costs?
These trailers are run more expensive than dry vans due to refrigeration the cost of fuel. In addition, these perishable commodities transported in these trailers are subject to increased liability risks and particularly managing contents of a container shipping China to Canada.
What Is A Dry Van Trailer?
By far the most common trailer and upon Canada’s highways. All designed to protect freight from the elements while in transit, these trailers have a box enclosure.
The standard size is 53′ trailer and can hold weight 42,000-45,000 pounds, is ideal for retail, perishable produce and CPG.
What Is The Purpose of a Dry Van trailer?
What Are Dry Van Trailers Unsuitable For Hauling?
When calculating overweight or oversized freight. Any commodity that requires access from the side of a trailer rather than the back should not be transported in this model of a trailer.
Companies without loading/unloading docks will have a more difficult time removing/adding freight to these trailers because they lack an open deck.
Products that require temperature control are another commodity that will not be suitable for this type of trailer. Because these trailers lack a cooling unit, it is impossible to keep products like ice cream frozen in the summer.
As a result, if you’re a shipper moving temperature-controlled, oversized freight or don’t have access to a loading dock, a dry van won’t suffice.
What Effect Does Using a Dry Van Have on Shipping Costs?
The cost of using this trailer is like any other piece of equipment, is determined by the current transportation market pricing for your shipping lane.
However, at Paige Logistics, we find trucking dry vans to transport freight is often the most cost-effective option for completing LTL deliveries from China Canada shipping. This can be attributed, at least in part, to the fact that the cost for a company to purchase a dry van is negligible when compared to the cost of a refrigerated trailer or more specialized trailer.