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Breaking Tradition with Wood-Free Reefers

Composite furring in reefers provides exceptional performance and protection

For many years, wood has been used trailers as a thermal break in trailer floors at the crossmember connection as well as on the sidewall uprights, scuff bands and logistic track attachments. Commonly called “furring”, the wood acts as an insulator between the outside temperature and the internal walls to prevent direct thermal bleed at the connection points, which can cause freezing or sweating on the inside or outside of the trailer. Great Dane has chosen to use composite materials to replace all instances of wood construction in its refrigerated trailers to better protect the thermal integrity of the trailer and add value for its customers.

Features and benefits

The features and benefits of composite furring include resistance to moisture absorption, rot, and mildew. Composite materials are also not affected by cleaning-related chemicals, road residue, or exposure to the elements. These materials are very thermally efficient and provide significant benefits over traditional wood, and they do not gain weight over time if water is absorbed. In addition, they foster a more sanitary environment because they do not absorb bacteria from contaminated water.

Composites raise the bar

When it comes to exceptional protection, the use of composites raises the bar for refrigerated trailers, to give Great Dane customers the extra quality they have come to expect. Fleets that haul temperature-controlled loads look for assurance that their cargo is in a better-protected thermal environment. For fleets hauling temperature-sensitive loads, refrigerated trailer construction must help protect cargo from the outside environment and keep the inside temperatures stable to protect the cargo.