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Thermaxx’s two in one rigid

  • From the June 2015 issue.
Thermaxx’s two in one rigid

With its new Thermaxx refrigerated rigid truck, NT-based Scarcella Transport has found it is possible to combine the best of two worlds – the flexibility of a curtain-sider and the insulation of a classic van.

Often when it comes to refrigerated transport equipment, transport businesses only have two options – either choose a special curtain-sided model, which can offer full side access but might compromise insulation, or a rigid body, which can usually boast better insulation, but no side access.

For John Scarcella, Director of Scarcella Transport, there is now a third option – a newly designed 14-pallet refrigerated rigid van with both rear and side access, designed and built by Thermaxx. “Our new Thermaxx body really is two van types in one,” says John. “It can open fully on the side like a curtain-sider to pick up cargo from farms, but then drive straight to our depot in Darwin and unload from the rear into the dock.”

With his business based in Darwin, John explains that ambient temperatures can provide a real challenge for refrigerated freight, with the average exceeding 30°C over the year. “I’m very particular about temperature control, and this vehicle gives me a freezer van performance with a side loading body, which is ideal,” explains John. “The Thermaxx can refrigerate down to -25°C when closed, which is a temperature that most refrigerated curtain-siders can’t match.”

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