Having launched our refrigerated box body van at this year’s Commercial Vehicle show, we’re already getting a lot of questions about some of the fantastic new features in its design. With that in mind, this week is the first in a series of articles in which we discuss some of those features in a bit more detail.
The cluster lights of a vehicle (usually encompassing the indicators, brake lights and fog lights), are common targets for upkeep and maintenance, given their essential function. Without fully functioning cluster lights, a vehicle is no longer road legal, which means that it can be incredibly frustrating for a driver to discover a fault with them on the day of his journey. What’s more, getting these replaced can be time-consuming and often costly, since the vehicle isn’t able to make any trips in the meantime. Our fit-and-forget LED cluster lights live up to their name by lasting many times longer than standard LEDs, thereby keeping the refrigerated vehicle on the road and saving our customers considerable time and money in maintenance costs.
Typically, normal panel vans use manual barrel locks on the rear doors. Because many of these refrigerated vans have been converted, these locks are often separate from the vehicle’s central locking system, necessitating the driver to lock them by hand after applying the central locking. However, the rear doors on our new box body van don’t need to be manually locked in the same way, instead locking at the touch of a button like all other doors. One set of keys does everything, saving time for drivers and giving greater peace of mind to owners and operators, who are no longer relying so heavily on drivers to remember to manually lock the doors.
Another innovation applied to the locking system is the two-stage lock. Essentially, it provides both safety and security in case the door isn’t closed properly. With a single stage lock, the door can only ever be in one of two states: open or closed. This means that if the door isn’t closed properly, it’s liable to swing open in transit. However with a two-stage, even if the door isn’t closed fully (or is closed too gently), the first stage lock will still engage if the door gets close enough, preventing it from swinging open and spilling the cargo. Ideally, drivers should always check to ensure that the door is fully closed with both stage locks engaged anyway, but this system gives an extra layer of safety and security that could make all the difference in an emergency.
Tune into the blog next week for more details on some of the innovative features on our refrigerated box body vehicle! In the meantime, you can take a look at some of our award-winning fridge van conversions, or alternatively have a look at some of the markets we serve here at CoolKit. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us on 0845 459 5418 – we’re here to help!
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