Felling Trailers has announced design modifications for its Air Tilt model to operator ease of use and safety.
The company says one of the more notable updates was the fixed approach ramp, which was extended in length from 14 to 22 in.
"The new design offers a shallower approach angle to improve loading of compact construction equipment such as skid steers and mini excavators. Equipment designs are ever-changing, so it only makes sense to make modifications to keep in step," says Nathan Uphus Felling’s sales manager.
Extending the fixed approach ramp's length reduced the load angle by approximately 10 degrees, Felling states, providing a better load angle with a more subtle break-over point. The new design also allows for the option of full-size oval recessed strobe lights.
The Air Tilt product line was first released to the trailer industry in early 2010. Initially, the model line consisted of two trailers. Over the past ten-plus years, the model line has expanded to offer six models, with payload capacities ranging from 19,700 lb., to 50,000 lb. The Air Tilt’s (TA’s) unique design utilizes air, powered from the tow vehicle, to tilt the trailer and optional ramps, eliminating the need for hydraulics, the company says. The air power from the tow vehicle fills two airbags (four airbags optional), which then raise the trailer smoothly; the airbag will then keep the deck in the tilted position to allow for loading/unloading of multiple pieces of equipment. Felling says superior towing capability and balance were achieved by placing the axles further back on the Air Tilt model than other tilt trailers on the market.
Air Tilt models with the new fixed approach ramp design were put into production in the spring of last year and put into service for customers by mid-year, the company says.