Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies puts composite truck bodies on display

LOUISVILLE. Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Dane, is showing two of its refrigerated composite truck bodies this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The bodies are a 19 ft. deep frozen low-temperature Blizzard XL truck body mounted on a Freightliner M2 truck chassis, and a 13 ft, 6 in. Guardian LT truck body mounted on a GMC cutaway truck chassis for maximum fuel efficiency and payload.

The Guardian LT can be loaded and unloaded from ground level and features product compartment doors on each side of the body. A low ground-to-floor height makes it easy for drivers to see and access products.

The Guardian body fits on a lighter chassis to help reduce operating costs. Its lightweight, durable design allows for it to be transferred to different chassis, extending its useful life. Fiberglass composite doors on each side feature thermal efficient multiple air chamber compression gaskets for a thermal efficient seal. Also, automotive-style door latch hardware with a remote keyless entry option; a new LED exterior and interior lighting package; an easy to replace bolt-on tubular stainless steel rear bumper and an advanced body tie-down system that promotes security while reducing maintenance are additional features of the body.

The Blizzard XL allows for design modifications to accommodate a customer’s loading preferences while maintaining structural integrity and thermal efficiency. This model is used in walk-in applications and can accommodate pallet, case and cart loading, Johnson said. It features a smooth, white fiberglass exterior and is designed to keep products fresh during transport at fresh, frozen and deep frozen temperatures.

A non-corrosive, fiberglass composite interior is extremely puncture resistant, and a high-pressure foam injection process produces durable panels with the highest thermal performance rating in the industry, Johnson said.

A strong, composite thermal break is placed between the steel frame and the interior wall and roof panels to create a non-conductive barrier between structural components and interior panels.

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