This week sees the final entry in our series of blogs detailing the extensive modifications of our box body van. If you missed the prior entries in this series, you can catch up with the first one here, and the second entry here. This blog will look at the changes made to its refrigeration unit, the makeup of the van’s structure, and most crucially, the full extent its potential for further modification.
As you’ll no doubt know, refrigeration units are often mounted on the roofs of chiller vans. While this is a perfectly serviceable solution, our designers here at CoolKit have experimented with integrating the refrigeration unit into the bottom of the box body van’s chassis instead. This provides a number of aesthetic and practical advantages; firstly, it gives the chiller vehicle a cleaner finish, and therefore a sharper look. What’s more, it protects the unit itself, as it’s no longer in danger of being battered by low-hanging tree branches, flying grit and stones, or other debris.
If the unit ever does take a few knocks – not impossible – it’s now easier for an engineer to reach. With roof-mounted units, engineers have to get themselves to a safe height and stay there while they perform the repairs, whereas with a chassis-mounted unit, they can now do the work from the ground.
Together, these give the van a more heavy-duty core structure, with more strength and panel protection. The aluminium sections are light and flexible, while the stainless steel frames (which contain the sliding/opening doors of the van) aren’t subject to rust or other corrosive factors over time. They’re perhaps not as show-stopping as the van’s other features, but nevertheless highly useful and supremely functional in terms of the van’s overall operation. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference.
Above all else, one of the best things about our box body van is in its diversity. It’s fully customisable; whatever your business or industry, we’re able to configure it into a bespoke design that suits your needs. Our engineers can customise the box unit to fit any base chassis, and we can cater to different sizes and layouts, changing aspects like the apertures and steps as required. We’ve already gone into full details about the other features in previous blogs, but we can adjust many of those too – including the rear doors and central locking, as well as the various camera and in-cab visibility options. In the words of one of our very own engineers: “there’s essentially no end to what you can do”.
This is one of the most crucial aspects of the box body’s design, and one that fits into one of our core philosophies here at CoolKit; namely, our ability to cater to a wide range of industries. You can browse our selection of fridge vans here, or give our sales team a call on 0845 459 5418 to discuss your requirements. We’re here to help!
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