Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ECO-TANKVAN?

The ECO-TANKVAN is a liquid bulk transporter that mechanically converts from tank mode to van mode, able to transport either liquid bulk cargo or packaged cargo.


What is a liquid bulk transporter (commonly known as a tanker)?

It is a vehicle that transports liquid bulk cargo. It not only transports the cargo but is also the immediate container for the liquid bulk product. Commodities such as milk, liquid sugar, corn syrup, vegetable oil, etc. are shipped from the primary producer to processors who make the finished product. It is much more efficient for the processor to handle the product in bulk vs. smaller containers/packages and it eliminates the cost and waste of packaging. This eliminates unnecessary waste from the disposal of the intermediate packaging and carbon emissions from the manufacturing of the packaging.


Why use the ECO-TANKVAN compared to traditional (steel barrel type) tanker?

Virtually all traditional tankers upon emptying their liquid cargo return empty to their origin. Using the ECO-TANKVAN thus eliminating the cargo emissions and highway traffic of the traditional tanker returning empty. The cargo emissions are almost the same for a loaded truck as an empty one.


How does the ECO-TANKVAN operate (function) as compared to a traditional tanker?

It operates exactly the same way, using industry standard valves for filling or emptying.


How is the ECO-TANKVAN cleaned (sanitized) after emptying, for re-filling?

It can be cleaned exactly the same way that traditional tankers at commercial tank wash facilities are cleaned or with industry standard C.I.P. systems.


What is the liquid capacity as compared to traditional tanker?

The liquid capacity is about the same as a traditional tanker. Liquid capacity is limited by gross vehicle weight (weight of the truck and the cargo, most states 80,000 lbs.) and the bulk density of the liquid. Tank capacities generally range from 4,000 – 6,000 (U.S.) gallons.


How does the price compare to traditional tankers?

About the same for non-temperature sensitive liquid cargo. The additional use of temperature control units (not available for traditional tankers) will increase the unit price, however the end value is well worth it. When desired or necessary product temperature is not maintained, the liquid cargo will deteriorate (milk will spoil) and liquids requiring heat will be more difficult to off-load (empty) (e.g. liquid chocolate).


How does the use-life compare to traditional tanker?

About the same. However, in some applications the polyurethane liner (liquid container) is superior to traditional stainless steel.


Does the ECO-TANKVAN have any other unique features?

The tank unit is semi-permanently installed in virtually any standard van semi-trailer (without any modification to the semi-trailer) including insulated (trailers). Industry standard refrigeration or cargo heating units (Thermo-King®, Carrier®, etc.) can be used for precise and indefinite temperature control for the bulk liquid. This superior method for temperature control does not exist for traditional tankers.


How much the ECO-TANKVAN unit weigh?

Average weight of the entire unit is 1,200 lbs.


How much space does the ECO-TANKVAN take when collapsed in the van mode?

About 10” of head room and about 4” of inside trailer width.


How does the price of the ECO-TANKVAN compare to a traditional tanker?

About the same on a price per gallon (liquid capacity) basis. This includes the tank unit and a semi-trailer.


Does it have a warranty?

The tank unit is warranted period of 5 years or 500,000 miles which ever occurs first and covers the costs for repairs including labor and parts. The semi-trailer is covered separately by the manufacturer’s warranty.


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