Whether your business relies on frozen turkeys being delivered ahead of the Thanksgiving rush or candy arriving right on time for Halloween, refrigerated—also known as reefer—trailer direct refueling services from Foster Fuels are critical to transporting and storing goods in climate-controlled environments.

So much depends on the precisely timed delivery of goods these days. Add in the extra factor of those goods being perishable, and it’s clear they must be transported in trailers with refrigeration capabilities. There’s simply no room for error when it comes to direct diesel delivery for refrigerated trailers.

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If your reefer trailers run out of fuel, their refrigeration generators will shut down, resulting in the subsequent loss of goods on those trailers. Considering this, you obviously can’t afford anything less than the most trusted reefer trailer fueling services. Fortunately, fueling for refrigerated trailers does not have to be a hassle when you work with our dedicated team at Foster Fuels Mission Critical.

To put it plainly, we’re not your average fuel company. At Foster Fuels, we pride ourselves on being your complete fuel solution with an extensive nationwide network of coast-to-coast supply points and partnerships. Our numbers say it all: each year, we’re entrusted to deliver more than 50 million gallons of fuel across the U.S.

Our guaranteed 24/7/365 fast response time means we’re uniquely qualified to meet the demanding schedule associated with fueling for refrigerated trailers. And if it’s on-site reefer fueling you want, we’re happy to accommodate your needs.


A couple of common questions we regularly hear are, “What is reefer trailer fuel?” and, “Can I put reefer fuel in my truck?” The answer for anyone driving on our roadways is an emphatic, “You’d better not mix the two up!” The reason for this isn’t so much about the actual diesel fuel, but more about the costly consequences you could face if you used reefer trailer fuel in your primary on-road diesel tanks. As you’re probably aware, on-road fuels—including both diesel and gasoline—are taxed. However, reefer trailer fuel, which can easily be identified by its distinct red color, is another form of diesel, and it’s considered an off-road fuel.

Since off-road fuel isn’t taxed the same as on-road fuel, reefer fuel helps reduce the cost of operating a reefer trailer. But be warned: if a truck uses reefer trailer fuel in its primary engine tanks and gets caught, the fines for both the operator and trucking company are steep—potentially as much as $10,000, depending on the state where the infraction took place.


Reefer fuel is primarily used on refrigeration trucks. It can also be used in construction, agriculture and any other off-road equipment that does not operate on a highway and the government requires fuel tax.

Tractor fuel, however, is a standard number 2 diesel. This fuel is low-grade and is in between gasoline and diesel when the distillation of crude oil happens.


The lessons to be learned about reefer trailer fueling are threefold. First, considering your temperature-sensitive cargo, you never want your reefer trailers’ generators to run out of fuel. Since using on-road fuel would incur higher costs, you also want to be sure you have regular access to high-quality off-road reefer trailer fuel. And lastly, to prevent any possible fines or penalties associated with mixing up on-road and off-road fuels, you want responsible diesel refueling services both on and off-road.

To learn more about any of our strategically reliable fueling solutions, including reefer trailer fuel services, fill out our brief contact form or call +1 800-344-6457 today.

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To find out how you can set up a guaranteed emergency fuel contract with Foster Fuels’ Mission Critical division today, call us at +1 800-344-6457 or fill out the form below.