Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Dane, is exhibiting two models from its line of refrigerated composite truck bodies at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville KY. Visitors to booth #34075 will learn first-hand about the company’s latest truck body models, as well as its environmentally friendly all-electric refrigeration systems with cold plate technology.
Display equipment at MATS 2014 includes a 19-foot deep frozen low-temperature Blizzard XL truck body mounted on a Freightliner M2 truck chassis, and a 13'-6" Guardian LT truck body mounted on a GMC Cutaway truck chassis for maximum fuel efficiency and payload.
•Guardian LT—Often called a reach-in because it is loaded and unloaded by the operator from ground level, the Guardian LT has product compartment doors on each side of the body, and features low ground-to- floor height for drivers to quickly and safely identify and access products. The Guardian body, which fits on a lighter chassis, provides protection for both fresh and frozen product delivery, and addresses fleet sustainability initiatives with a truck body that will carry a typical day’s product load without adding unnecessary weight.
Built with foodservice and delivery fleet needs in mind, the Guardian LT is larger than previous designs yet offers unparalleled weight savings. The body’s lightweight, durable design also allows it to be used several times on different chassis. The Guardian LT’s overall thermal rating is high.
Other features of the Guardian LT include fiberglass composite doors on each side of the truck body with thermal-efficient multiple air chamber compression gaskets for a thermal-efficient seal; 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.
•Blizzard Series—Johnson’s most popular truck body, the Blizzard XL allows for design modifications to accommodate the user’s loading preferences while maintaining excellent structural integrity and thermal efficiency. This model is used in walk-in applications and can accommodate pallet, case, and cart loading. It features a smooth white fiberglass exterior and is designed to keep products fresh during transport at fresh, frozen, and deep frozen temperatures.
The Blizzard’s non-corrosive, fiberglass composite interior and exterior surfaces are puncture-resistant, and a high-pressure foam injection process produces durable panels with a high thermal performance rating. The Blizzard XL can have up to three temperature-controlled zones.
The framework for the Blizzard’s wall and roof panels is made of welded steel that is completely covered in foam insulation and fiberglass. A strong, composite thermal break is placed between the steel frame and interior wall and roof panels to create a non-conductive barrier between structural components and interior panels. Johnson’s method of bonding of the FRP composite exterior skin and interior liner to the foam insulation creates strength within the entire panel.
Johnson can be accessed at www.johnsontruckbodies.com.