Refrigerated Trailers (Reefers)

Trailer Type - Refrigerated Trailer

Refrigerated Trailers (Reefers)

Refrigerated Trailers (Reefers) are essentially temperature controlled dry van trailers. Unlike dry vans, a reefer is equipped with a cooling system and insulation throughout the trailer.

Trailer Characteristics

Common Freight

  • Used for the transportation of freight that requires a controlled temperature. Examples include: frozen food, produce, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and electronics.


  • Common Lengths: 28′ – 53′
  • Overall Width: 96″ – 102″
  • Common Heights: 12.5′ – 13.5′


  • Maximum Payload Weight at 53′ Length: 44,000 lbs
  • Maximum Pallets at 53′ Length: 26 (single stacked), 52 (double stacked)

Loading and Unloading

  • Most commonly loaded via the rear of the trailer, usually from a loading dock.


  • Can be equipped with either roll-up or swing doors.
  • Can be equipped with side doors.
  • Can be equipped with a lift-gate.
  • Can Be equipped with chutes.