Refrigerated Van Hire – Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about Cool Running Rental, our fleet or how our leasing process works?

Read on for a definitive list of questions and answers to help you get up to speed.

Tell us more about Cool Running Rental

Cool Running Rental was born in 2006. We specialise in refrigerated van leasing, serving the UK nationwide with temperature-controlled vehicles available for rental, hire and leasing. Along with our parent company, Rentruck, we make up the J.R.Ashworth and Sons Ltd. Group of companies, and are strategically located next to the M62 corridor in Rochdale, north of Manchester.

How do refrigerated vans work?

A refrigerated van is a vehicle designed to carry perishable goods at specific temperatures. They are often equipped with a mechanical refrigeration system that operates from a power source external from the vehicle engine, or one that makes use of carbon dioxide as a cooling agent.

Every refrigeration system is fitted with three key components:


This part of the refrigeration unit condenses hot gas into a liquid refrigerant.


This part of the refrigeration unit evaporates the liquid refrigerant once it has served its purpose, allowing the cycle to continue.


This part of the refrigeration unit is the heart of the system, it pushes the refrigerant from the evaporator to the compressor.

Eeach element of the refrigeration unit works together to remove heat from inside the vehicle so that the produce being transported can be held at the required temperature. Learn more about how refrigerated vans work by reading our blog post here.

Should I lease, hire or purchase a refrigerated van?

People often aren’t even aware of being able to hire/lease/rent temperature-controlled vehicles, but it’s become a popular way of life for many businesses. Here are a few things to consider when you’re looking into this for your business:


How much are you able to spend? If you’re looking to test out having a refrigerated van for the first time, and see how it impacts your business, then hiring can be a great first step. Alternatively if you have the capital and the motive to do so, they there are Vans for Sale that may interest you.

Length of time needed

How long do you need a refrigerated van for? If you are looking for a short term rental solution then this is an option for you. If you’re planning on using a refrigerated van on a more regular basis then you may wish to lease over a longer duration of time, giving you better value for money. Find out more about our leasing options here.


If you purchase a vehicle with specific specificaitons, and your operation outgrows them, then you will be left with the task of selling the van on for a cut price. This makes leasing or van hire a viable option if you work in a fast paced sector.

What types of refrigerated vans are there?

There are a wide variety of refrigerated vehicles designed for the transportation of perishable goods.

There are four different types of refrigerated van:

  • Insulation-only van
  • Chiller conversion van
  • Semi-freezer conversion van
  • Full-freezer conversion van

You can learn more about these by reading our blog here, but in essence, different vans are designed to generate different storage temperatures; there are also different shapes, sizes and functions and you can browse our fleet here.

What temperatures can be attained, and how will I know what the temperature is in mine?

As mentioned above, there are a wide range vehicle types for the range of purposes within the cold supply industry. Here are rough temperature ranges for each of the four van types:

  • Insulation-only vans have a lining of 55m thick insulation, keeping storage areas ‘cooler’ during summer months. Undefined temperature range.
  • Chiller conversion vans pair 55m thick insulation with a chill refrigerator, meaning temperatures as low as 0°C through to -8°C can be attained.
  • Semi-freezer conversion vans up the insulation to 75mm, meaning temperatures as low as -15°C can be attained.
  • Full-freezer conversion vans pair 75mm thick insulation with a reverse ccle or hot gas defrost mechanism. With reinforced side and rear doors, temperatures as low as -20°C can be attained.

All refrigerated vehicles are fitted with a TranScan Reader, or similar, which used display the temperature of the storage unit.

Do any of your vans have dual-compartment facilities?

Dual-zone automatic climate control is when two separate sections of the refrigerated van can maintain different preferred temperatures. This can be especially important when users have a range of perishable goods.

Certain vehicles within our fleet do have dual-compartment facilities, and a member of our team would be happy to discuss this with you to find the right van for the job.

How can I look after my refrigerated van when I am leasing it long-term?

We offer plenty of tips to maintain a refrigerated van in our blog post on the subject, but in short, here are a few pointers to consider:

  • Conduct routine tune-ups
  • Schedule regular expert inspections
  • Pre-trip checks before each outing
  • Regularly deep clean the storage area
  • Don’t leave check ups to the last minute

Are your vans fully serviced?

Plenty of our customers prefer the option of being able to hire, rent or lease their temperature-controlled vehicles because they don’t want to deal with the maintenance hassle. The upkeep of of any vehicle can be costly, particularly one with an intricate function.

With our van rental service, you have peace of mind knowing that our vehicles are all late models that have been fully serviced and valeted beforehand. Renting for short or long periods at a time means that you won’t have the burden of scheduling regular expert inspections or have to exhaust your budget on repairs if a problem occurs.

Will I be insured, and am I covered if I break down?

Here at Cool Running Rental we are proud of the service that we offer to our customers. Our team aren’t just hear to process your enquiry, they will be on hand to talk you through our comprehensive insurance policies and breakdown assistance costs.

When you hire with Cool Running Rental you can be sure that you are in safe hands, with access to a 24hr helpline.

How can I learn more, and how can I get in touch?

Learn more about us and our fleet of refrigerated vehicles by heading to this page, where there will be links to our contact details.