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Paneltex will show a new fridge van designed for home deliveries

THIS year’s CV Show is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet with a huge range of specialist firms showcasing a wealth of vehicles, products and equipment that could benefit your business.


Paneltex fridge vans

Among the line-up of refrigerated body conversions on show from Paneltex  Somers in the Cool Pavillion will be Mercedes Sprinter chassis cab with a 3650mm refrigerated box body. It’s been designed specifically for the multi-drop, home-delivery market.

The van has double rear doors, hinged to open 270° in addition to a single door on each side, which open through 180°.

To separate the ambient area from the chilled area, a pair of lightweight insulated doors is fitted within the body. Refrigeration is provided by a bespoke GAH Arrow AM20 super lightweight refrigeration system.

Paneltex will show two vehicles, a Mercedes LWB Citan equipped with a Somers refrigerated conversion that will provide freeze temperatures down to -25°C alongside a refrigerated left-hand-drive Volkswagen Crafter set to go to work for a Dutch customer in Holland when the CV Show comes to a close. This medium-wheelbase, high-roof Crafter also has a full freeze facility.


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The CV Show will host the launch of the Defender-Pro range of windscreen-mounted HD Drive Recorders and multi-camera DVRs by in-vehicle video specialist RoadPixel.

In-van journey recorders are becoming ever more popular as as a means of establishing fault in the event of an accident and they’re also a great tool for business van managers to improve driving standards.

The DVR-R2 is intended for vans with restricted space, and will record up to 20 hours of sound, video and GPS data on a solid state SD card.

The unit has shock- and vibration-proof mounts and will record for a week (or longer) at a time onto a hot-swappable SSHD (solid state hard drive).

The company will also introduce its ‘Ask the Expert’ feature with Accident Investigator Andy Garden, who spent 20 years as a traffic police officer specialising in vehicle examination and accident investigation. He is now a forensic collision investigator and consultant on driver safety and fleet risk management.


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