Avoid Reefer Engine Breakdowns: The Hidden Cause of Spoiled Deliveries

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Transporting fresh produce comes with its own set of challenges, and reefer engine breakdown is often the first culprit blamed when goods arrive spoiled. While engine issues are a common concern, especially for units older than seven years, they aren't always the root cause.

Common Reefer Issues: Beyond the Engine

Before you jump to conclusions, it's crucial to consider other frequent issues such as:

  • Seals and gaskets
  • Oil and air filters
  • Air vents and ducts

Despite checking these components, if the problem persists, frustration can easily set in. After investing heavily in maintenance, why would your reefer fail without warning? This isn't just an emotional setback—repeated delivery failures can tarnish your company's reputation, leading to customer loss and negative reviews.

The Overlooked Factor: Proper Loading Techniques

One often-overlooked factor is the way produce is loaded into the reefer. Many companies opt for floor-stacking to maximize space and convenience. However, this method obstructs essential air circulation pathways, causing uneven temperature distribution and spoilage.

Best Practices for Loading Produce

To prevent this issue, follow these best practices:

  1. Use Pallets: Ensure air can circulate freely around the load for consistent cooling.
  2. Maintain Adequate Air Space: Leave space between the top of the cargo and the ceiling and avoid loading products tightly against walls or doors to prevent short cycling.
  3. Avoid Running the Unit with Open Doors: This prevents external heat from entering the unit.

These small adjustments can significantly improve product quality during transit, preserving your business reputation.

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Reefer Fleet Management: When to Upgrade

Even with the best practices, reefers typically start causing issues after 5-7 years. Regular maintenance becomes increasingly expensive, and frequent breakdowns can disrupt your operations.

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Leasing: A Cost-Effective Solution

Buying new reefers every few years can strain your cash flow due to the fluctuating market value of used units. Instead, consider leasing as a viable alternative. With TIP’s operational lease, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Regularly Updated Equipment: Receive new reefers every 5-7 years.
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs: TIP covers regular maintenance and repairs.
  • Operational Flexibility: Scale your fleet up or down based on market demand without long-term financial commitments.
  • 24/7 Emergency Road Service: Access support across North America to quickly resolve issues and keep your drivers on the road.

Leasing not only keeps your fleet up-to-date but also minimizes operational headaches and enhances your ability to meet customer demands efficiently. By implementing these strategies, you can ensure the quality of your deliveries, protect your company's reputation, and manage your reefer fleet more effectively.

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