Several companies, including Great Dane and Peterbilt, teamed up to produce this concept vehicle for Walmart.
Wheel covers and full-length skirts help reduce aerodynamic drag.
Custom fairing encapsulates the landing gear to reduce turbulence beneath the trailer. Not the recessed crank for the landing gear.
The reduced frontal area of the custom Peterbilt cab only provides space for only a center-mounted driver seat. Behind the seat, however, is a full sleeper cab.
Smooth sailing. The Aero Sail trailer skirt reduces aerodynamic drag on this Vanguard trailer while weighing only 75 pounds. Made of the same vinyl material used on curtainside trailers, the skirts flex when impacted. Vanguard says the Aero Sail has passed SmartWay criteria for advanced trailer skirts. www.vanguardtrailer.com
A proprietary roof bow system makes it possible for individual liner panels of Vanguard trailers to be removed if damaged. The shape of the bows and liner panels make the panels grab tighter when pushed. The design can accommodate insulation between the roof sheet and liner panel. www.vanguardtrailer.com
Happy One Hundredth. Utility’s Craig Bennett recounts some of the milestones that Utility Trailer Manufacturing has experienced in its 100 years of operation—including record sales years in 2012 and 2013. Behind him is a special museum trailer that includes still photography and video. After the Mid-America Trucking Show concluded, the trailer left on a nationwide tour. Bennett is part of the third generation to run the family-owned company. www.utilitytrailer.com
Simultaneous video presentations inside Utility’s mobile museum tell the history of Utility Trailer Manufacturing, and with it some of the history of manufacturing trailers. www.utilitytrailer.com
Mirror, mirror on the wall. The mirror finish of Heil’s new stainless steel trailer draws attention. With this trailer, Heil promoted its decision to begin building stainless steel tanks for the first time in about a decade. The company is reentering the stainless steel market with trailers designed for hauling fertilizers and similar materials. A food grade trailer will be introduced next. www.heiltrailer.com
New fertilizer trailer. Mike Conny and Jim Maiorana display the new 5,600-gallon stainless steel tank trailer manufactured by MAC Trailer, Alliance OH. The tank, made of 12.-gauge stainless, is built with a 30-inch drop for improved material flow. A 13-gallon pump is standard. The trailer rides on an Intraax suspension that with galvanized steel hangers. www.mactrailer.com
New to dumps. XL Specialized, known for its lowbed trailers, showed its new entry into dump trailer market. The XL bottom dump trailer measures 40 feet long and has a a side height of 9 feet, 2 inches with 10-foot boards. It boasts a tare weight of 12,750 pounds, including tarp and push-block. It has a capacity is 25 cubic yards. The XL Bottom Dump trailer will be available in late fall of 2014. www.xlspecializedtrailer.com
On the side. Manac unveiled this side dump trailer. The tub is built around the large formed top rails. The top rails provide strength and reduce deflection as the material is being dumped. Hoist cylinders dump the 24.5-cubic-yard load to as much as a 50° dump angle. Features include drain plugs at the front and rear, UHMW readr fenders, and bolt-on galvanized rear push-pull bumper. www.manac.us
Spreading out. XL Specialized showed the aluminum pull-outs that provide extra hauling versatility for the company’s XL 70 low-profile HDG trailer. With the pull-outs extended, the trailer can be as much as 13 feet wide to accommodate oversized agricultural equipment. With the pull-outs recessed, the trailer is better suited for commercial loads. www.xlspecializedtrailer.com
New step deck. Trail King celebrated its 40th anniversary by introducing an all-aluminum center frame step deck trailer at MATS.
The product of a multi-year development project, the new Trail King All-Aluminum Center Frame Step Deck (TK80AACS) includes all-aluminum framing, armor-coated landing gear, and zinc-plated steel components as standards. www.trailking.com
Aluminum drop-deck beavertail trailer. East Manufacturing launched its new aluminum drop-deck beavertail trailer that comers with a level deck ramp system. The trailer offers a structural load rating of 80,000-pound beam capacity overall, and 60,000-pound beam capacity in a 10-foot area.
The strength of the drop deck trailer is the dual-T main beam and exclusive cross member design, which balances load stresses more evenly for longer life and less maintenance. Its two T-shape extrusion sections of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy are welded. Rather than bolted. The weld is along the neutral axis of the beam where stress is minimal.
Rated for 23,000-pound capacity per axle, the beavertail ramp section allows cargo to easily roll up onto the lower deck. The ramp section folds up to become part of the usable deck surface. Decks are available in all aluminum or wood. www.eastmfg.com
Happy aniversary. Talbert Manufacturing exhibited a customized 55SA-HX trailer featuring the company’s special edition 75th Anniversary Package. It is a spread axle (SA) model with auxiliary cross members. Features include the T-1 steel construction, a removable kingpin that provides for either a 114-inch or a 90-inch swing, a 26-foot deck length, strobes and a third lift axle. The trailer features 24-inch spacings of the structural cross members. www.talbertmfg.com
Bolt-together flatbed. Doonan Specialized Trailer unveiled its new Chaparral II aluminum platform trailer for the first time. Design goals have been to offer a lighter product that provides greater corrosion protection and at a lower cost. Steel components include galvanized landing gear to go with the predominantly aluminum construction. Features include new aluminum load hook side rails with integrated double I winch track. www.doonan.com
Out of the woods. Manac has entered the logging trailer business, effective with the start of 2014. Built in the United States for the U S market, the new product line comes with one-piece bunks made of 100,000-psi galvanized steel. Because they bolt in place, the bunks can be repositioned as needed or replaced easily if damaged. The frame, built around 21-inch-deep main beams, is also galvanized. The thickness of the web varies to put strength were needed and reduce weight were it isn’t required. www.manac.us
Low-weight roll-off. MAC Trailer introduced an aluminum frame roll-off hoist designed to lower tare weight. This 44-ft model is set up to carry containers ranging from 22 feet to 37 feet in length. A variety of options are offered, including a choice of stinger or fold-away bumper at the rear and air or spring suspension. www.mactrailer.com
Rolling again. Clement is back in the roll-off trailer business again with its Bridger model. The Bridger is designed to provide additional capacity under the federal bridge formula by extending the internal and external bridges through its use of a sliding tandem. Once the trailer arrives at the dump site, the tandem can be retracted so that the load can be raised over the rear axles during the dumping process. The Clement roll-off trailer includes 80,000-pound hoist, multiple rollers for proper box support, and three-point dumping stability. Options include in-cab controls and inside/outside roller option. www.clementind.com
In the pink. The Godwin Group used its exhibit space at MATS to raise money for breast cancer. The company raffled off nearly $6,000 in prizes to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation of Louisville. Susan G. Komen also sold merchandise and handed out pamphlets on breast cancer. Pictured are the Godwin sales team and management with Susan G. Komen volunteer Amanda Caffee. www.godwinmfg.com
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