The Complete Guide to Cold Trailers

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Mobile cold room trailers are a more specific type of storage. Not only are they used as a static cooling or freezing solution, but they are relatively large compared to a refrigerated van. While they require an external power source, hiring a cold storage trailer is a cost-effective and simple option for many businesses.

These trailers are often used by businesses to create additional storage during busy periods or are hired for events such as festivals and parties where perishables have to be stored in more remote locations.

With more than 20 years of experience delivering refrigerated, chiller and freezer solutions across the UK, we understand that it’s not just the transportation of goods that is important to our customers. Sometimes you just need that emergency or extra storage and you need it quickly.

Here’s our quick guide to hiring cold trailers and why you should consider partnering with FridgeXpress.

What is a Cold Storage Trailer?

A cold trailer is a standalone unit that can be used to store goods and other perishables for long periods. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a growth in demand for mobile cold room trailers right across the UK. They’ve not only been used to store food for weddings and other outdoor events but for more exotic purposes such as protecting ice sculptures.

Places like meat preparation factories and abattoirs often need additional storage, especially during busy periods like Christmas when demand is much higher. Renting a cold storage trailer is the simplest and most cost-effective option – they are large, secure and can handle almost any kind of perishable goods.

What Are the Benefits?

A cold storage trailer is used to store a wide variety of perishable goods at a controlled temperature. The benefits include:

  • Preservation and control: The temperature inside the trailer can be controlled exactly and this helps to preserve the freshness and quality of goods such as fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Cold storage trailers can be rented as and when you need them, providing a cost-effective solution for businesses that need to store perishable goods. At FridgeXpress, we provide a range of different options for our customers which help keep the costs down and maximise returns.
  • Flexibility: Mobile cold room trailers can be moved from one location to another, providing even more flexibility for businesses that need to transport goods to multiple locations. If you regularly offer food services at festivals, for example, having onsite storage can reduce your transportation costs considerably.
  • Energy-efficiency: Our range of state-of-the-art cold storage trailers is designed to be energy-efficient, which helps to reduce operating costs and minimize environmental impact. Since 2015, we’ve developed our own bespoke trailers using the latest high-end temperature control from Germany.

Who Needs a Cold Storage Trailer?

Over the last few years at FridgeXpress, we’ve seen a massive expansion in the types of businesses that what to find a cold storage trailer for hire. If you’re looking for this type of service, it can be difficult to settle on one particular provider. Some hire companies may have just a few different cold storage trailers and these are often in demand.

At FridgeXpress, we continue expanding our capability with a wider range of trailers available across the UK. Some common ways in which our cold storage trailers are used include:

Festivals and Event Cold Storage Trailer

When it comes round to festival season in the summer, we often see a surge in demand for our mobile cold room trailers. Whether it’s Glastonbury or a smaller festival, the logistics of serving areas like these that are often out in the countryside can be pretty complicated. We’ll make sure your cold trailer is delivered on time and hooked up and ready to go.

Emergency Cold Storage

If there is an emergency in your business, a cold storage trailer can be a lifeline. If your existing freezer or chiller unit suddenly breaks down, one thing you don’t want to happen is to lose all those perishables. At FridgeXpress, we understand that time can be critical which is why we offer a speedy response so you get a cold trailer on site and transfer your goods in the shortest possible time.

Extra Volume Cold Storage

Of course, one of the main reasons that you might require a cold trailer is when you have additional demand on your business and your current chiller unit is at capacity. Hiring a cold storage trailer is simple and cost-effective and can certainly cover you until things calm down again. We often see a rise in demand around the UK at times like Christmas.

How Do Cold Trailers Work?

Cold storage trailers are portable units that can be hooked up to a local electricity supply and are used to chill or freeze a variety of different goods and products.

The internal refrigeration unit cools the interior of the trailer and is typically controlled by a thermostat. This will be set to a specific temperature, and the refrigeration unit will automatically adjust to maintain that range. The cold storage trailer also has insulation which can be made from various materials like fibreglass, Styrofoam, or polyurethane.

The unit constantly circulates cool air throughout the interior of the trailer, which also ensures the goods are kept at a consistent temperature. Some trailers will have additional features such as humidity control, LED lighting, and state-of-the-art monitoring systems to track conditions inside the trailer. Our cold storage trailers not only contain the latest cooling tech, but they are also easy to use and set up.

Cold Storage Trailers for Sale

One of the key questions businesses need to answer is whether to buy their cold storage trailer outright or hire it for a specific period. These trailers are quite large and can be expensive to buy, even second-hand. They take up a lot of space so parking them up is certainly an issue. Mostly it would depend on how much you use the trailer and whether it is cost-effective to buy outright. For most businesses, hiring on an immediate needs basis is usually the more sustainable option.

Cold Storage Trailers for Rent

At FridgeXpress, we have several high-quality mobile cold storage trailers for hire. It’s a part of our business that we’ve expanded on over the last few years as demand has increased. The cost of hiring a trailer for the week usually starts at about £275 plus VAT. The specially designed trailers we offer are easy to hook up and tow, have secure locking and provide plenty of space for cold storage.

Find Out More About Our Cold Trailers for Hire

Unlike refrigerated and freezer vans, cold trailers are specifically designed for static storage. Once you get them to your location, whether it’s a festival, an event like a wedding, or your actual business address, it is hooked up to a local power supply.

When we first started looking at expanding our provision to cold storage trailers back in 2015, we wanted a solution that worked on different levels for our customers.

That meant not only providing plenty of storage space but having inbuilt reliability for our systems. That’s why we decided to create a bespoke design that ticked all the right boxes. This involved incorporating the latest hi-tech German cooling and freezer systems, indisputably some of the best in the world.

We also partnered with a British manufacturer to construct the chassis and storage box to our exact specifications. Since the success of the first models, we’ve been looking to expand our cold trailer provision to meet an ever-increasing demand.

FridgeXpress is now one of the leading cold storage hire firms in the UK today and we’ve worked with many different companies and enterprises both big and small. If you are looking for a partner that can provide quick delivery and a range of different options, contact our expert cold storage trailer team today to find out more.


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