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Thermo King’s V-500 in production, new APU to follow

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Thermo King's new V-500 series reefer is now in production, the company announced at the Mid-Ame...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Thermo King’s new V-500 series reefer is now in production, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The V-500 uses less fuel than its predecessor while making less noise and offering enhanced capacities.
“Customers who make a lot of deliveries using medium-sized trucks will benefit from the V-500, particularly those who haul deep-frozen loads,” said Laurie Rengel, director of product management, truck solutions with Thermo King.

The V-500 can operate at ambient temperatures of up to 122 F and it has an improved pull-down capacity of -20 F. The improved pull-down capacity allows customers to minimize the risk of product degradation while hauling deep-frozen loads.

Thermo King’s Triple Cooling Capacity (TCC) feature offers three cooling capacities and fan speeds that automatically match the cooling needs of individual loads. The V-500 also features Thermo King’s reciprocating road compressor which offers a running life five times that of previous compressors, the company says. The V-500 is available now in a variety of configurations.

Thermo King has also introduced a new auxiliary power unit the TRI-PAC. The TRI-PAC allows customers to reduce idling by providing engine preheating, battery charging, climate control and in-cab power capabilities.

“TRI-PAC use results in less engine wear and extended maintenance intervals, fuel savings, compliance with emission regulations and keeping drivers comfortable in all climate conditions,” said Mike Schlough, product manager, auxiliary power units with Thermo King.

The company says fuel consumption can be reduced by more than 85 per cent with the use of the TRI-PAC, providing a payback period of less than one year. Auxiliary power units are also being used by fleets to attract and retain drivers, as they make life on the road far more comfortable.
Thermo King says the TRI-PAC is easily operated using a microprocessor control unit. It will be available for purchase beginning May 16.

Thermo King has also announced it is offering Thermo Gard Bronze a new preventive maintenance and inspection program for Thermo King truck and trailer units.
The no-charge program is designed to make unit maintenance easier for customers. It’s part of Thermo King’s new family of SVC maintenance solutions which include upgrades including Silver, Gold and Platinum options.

The new Bronze program includes two interim inspections and one preventive maintenance service for three years on new trailer and SB Classic units. Meanwhile, self-powered truck units receive one interim and PM service for two years and vehicle-powered truck units receive two interim inspections for two years under the program.

Services are provided by certified technicians using Thermo King parts, and they can be arranged at any Thermo King dealer.

In other news, Thermo King announced that Winnipeg, Man.-based Thermo King of Mid-Canada has received the Central Region Dealer of the Year Award.
The dealership is owned by Dick Springer, who accepted the award at Thermo King’s annual dealer meeting.

The other Canadian award recipient was Rod Warren, also of Thermo King Mid-Canada. Warren was recognized as the Dealer Parts Manager of the Year.

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