Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Dane, displayed for the first time their latest truck body models, as well as Johnson's environmentally friendly all-electric refrigeration systems with cold plate technology at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in the Kentucky Exposition Center this past week.
Johnson introduced a 19' 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.
Often called the 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 to help reduce operating costs, 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.
Johnson's most popular truck body because of its versatility in many markets, the Blizzard XL allows for design modifications to accommodate the customer'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 extremely puncture resistant, and a high-pressure foam injection process produces durable panels with the highest thermal performance rating in the industry. The result is a significant reduction in energy use to keep products at required temperatures. The Blizzard XL can have up to three temperature- controlled zones.
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