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In this second instalment in our refrigerated vehicle buyer’s guide, we’re moving onto two other key points; the payload and wheelbase of your new chiller or freezer van. Whether you’re an experienced business owner or you’re getting things together for your first start-up, you’re sure to find this equally useful in narrowing down your decisions on which vehicle to buy for your business.

What payload will your refrigerated van need?

side of van open

As you’ll know if you’ve read our overarching buyer’s guide blog, payload is and always has been a major consideration of ours here at CoolKit. Our engineers are always focused on improving and innovating to make sure that we’re able to offer the best payload ratios in the entire industry to every brand we work with, no matter their size or industry. The more payload we’re able to offer on our refrigerated vans, the more economical they are for our clients (that’s you!) to run. A van with an excellent payload may well make the difference between a customer having to use one van instead of two. Our available payloads range from between 300kg all the way up to 1300kg; you can find more detailed information a bit later on in this article. But first…

What wheelbase will your chiller van require?

In case you’re not up to speed on all the terms, the wheelbase is exactly what it sounds like; it’s the distance between the front and the rear axles of your van. If you’re using pallets to transport goods then you’ll find it a particularly important consideration, as it determines the amount of space you have available for them.

We generally use three distinct categorisations for wheelbase:

  • LWB (Long Wheel Base)
  • MWB (Medium Wheel Base)
  • SWB (Short Wheel Base)

You’ll likely already know roughly what wheelbase you need, but rest assured our experts at CoolKit are always on hand with any advice or answers you might need.

Payload and wheelbase details on individual chiller vans

coolkit engineer

We’re obviously extremely familiar with the details of our individual vans here at CoolKit, so we’ve split our inventory into three categories – small, medium and large – to give you all the key information at a glance.

Small vans

1 pallet vans (1m to 1.5m internal length)

Payload between 300Kg and 500Kg, spec dependent

  • Citroen Berlingo
  • Peugeot Partner
  • Ford Connect
  • Volkswagen Caddy
  • Nissan NV200
  • Mercedes Citan
  • Ranault Kangoo
  • Fiat Doblo
  • Vauxhall Combo

Medium vans

2 pallet vans (2m to 2.5m internal length)

Payload between 400Kg and 800Kg, spec dependent

  • Ford Custom
  • Renault Trafic
  • Vauxhall Vivaro
  • Mercedes Vito
  • Volkswagen Transporter
  • Citroen Dispatch
  • Peugeot Expert
  • Fiat Scudo

Large vans

3 to 4 pallet vans (2.9m to 4.2m internal length)

Payload between 800Kg and 1300Kg, spec dependent

  • Mercedes Sprinter
  • Volkswagen Crafter
  • Ford Transit
  • Renault Master
  • Vauxhall Movano
  • Nissan NV400
  • Citroen Relay
  • Fiat Ducato
  • Peugeot Boxer
  • Iveco Daily

That’s all for this week – be sure to check back in soon for the third and final instalment in our buyer’s guide series. In the meantime, you can click here to browse our new and used fridge vans, or alternatively you can click here to see our stock of freezer vans. Don’t forget, you can always call us on 0845 459 5418 if you have any questions or need any advice.