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Refrigerated trailer

Trailer that is fitted with a refrigeration unit to enable goods, such as food, drink or pharmaceuticals, to be temperature controlled.

A refrigerated trailer, also known as a ‘reefer’, is usually a box van trailer, but with a refrigeration unit fitted to it, in addition to it’s body having special insulating properties. However, a curtainsider may also be refrigerated and is referred to as an ’insuliner’.

Refrigerated trailers can be single temperature controlled, when only one temperature is required at any one time, or multi temperature controlled, having different ‘compartments’ to enable cargo that requires different temperatures to be transported together. Goods can be transported as frozen or as chilled.

They are typically loaded / un-loaded via its rear doors, either at a loading bay or by using a tail-lift at the delivery location. Refrigerated trailers often have temperature recording and monitoring equipment to help manage the temperatures that the cargo is kept at.

Refrigerated trailers are available as single deck trailers and double deck trailers (also known as double decker trailers), the latter often with a ‘step-frame’ design, which together with the increased height, enables additional cargo to be carried. Double deck trailers can have their ‘second’ deck as a fixed deck or as a lifting deck that can be lowered and raised to load and un-load the cargo.

Refrigerated trailers are manufactured in the UK by Gray & Adams. Overseas manufacturers such as Schmitz Cargobull, Krone, Chereau and SOR also offer a refrigerated range of trailers.

TIP's fleet is equipped with both Thermo King and Carrier refrigerator units.

TIP offers refrigerated trailers on a short-term rental or a long term lease basis from all of these leading manufacturers and others.

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Reefer Specification Options

  • 3 axles
  • 13.6 metre length
  • Heights available from 4 metres - 4.2 metres
  • Single or multi-temp refrigeration unit
  • Drum brakes
  • Tail lift
  • Barn or roller shutter options
  • Aluminium floors
  • Double deck / lifting deck options
  • Thermo King and Carrier options

Curtainsider trailer

Trailer with a 'curtain' along the sides of its body which can be opened to load / un-load goods.

Box van trailer

Trailer that has solid walls in order to protect its cargo, making it a popular choice with the transport industry for transporting goods requiring high security.

Flatbed trailer

Trailer that typically has a flat ‘bed’ as its floor but has no side-walls or roof, enabling it to be used for carrying a wide range of cargo, including bulky, unusual and ‘oversized’ items.

Refrigerated trailer

Trailer that is fitted with a refrigeration unit to enable goods, such as food, drink or pharmaceuticals, to be temperature controlled.

Skeletal trailer

Trailer that is a ‘frame’ designed to carry ‘ship’ containers or other specialist cargo, including unusually long and heavy equipment such as tree logs.

Walking floor trailer

A walking floor trailer is flexible and diverse for easy loading and unloading of bulk and general cargo as well as combined loads.

Tipper trailer

Whether in agriculture or on the construction site, the tipper is a reliable asset for transporting your goods.

Swap body box

A swap body box is an exchangeable freight container that can easily be separated from the carrier.

Swap body curtainsider

A swap body curtainsider is an exchangeable freight container, with flexible sides (curtains), that can easily be separated from the carrier.


A tanker is a road vehicle that can carry liquids or powder.

Stainless steel liquid tankers

Tankers are a road vehicles that can carry liquids or powder. TIP offers a wide range of stainless steel liquid tankers for purposes varying from food to chemicals.

Aluminium fuel tankers

TIP offers specialized equipment for the transportation of different types of fuel.

Aluminium powder tankers

Our powder tankers are equipped to transport various types of cargo, from powder type products to aggregate products.

Waste tankers

TIP has a wide range of waste tanker equipment to meet all of your needs.

Waste tanker combi

The waste tanker combi is suitable for sewer or gully cleaning or sewage sludge and mine disposal.

Waste tanker recycler

A waste tanker recycler is used for sewer cleaning with and without water treatment, gully cleaning or for suction and rinsing .