How to build a refrigerated van

A refrigerated van can be a real asset for your business, but you might find that the price of buying a fully-converted LCV with a cooled cargo area is prohibitive.

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Building a refrigerated van yourself can save you money, but how can you get started and what are the pitfalls to avoid in this process?

Selecting insulation

This might not be the most obvious point to begin the process of converting a van to offer integrated refrigeration, but it is definitely worth looking into before anything else.

Most LCVs are made with a relatively thin metal skin separating the cargo area from the outside world, which will obviously conduct heat with ease and cause problems during attempts to keep the interior cool. Adding insulation is the only solution, and you can do so with relative ease using panels of Styrofoam and polystyrene that are cut to size to