Trailer transition

The following comes from the January 2016 issue of Truck Parts & Service. To read a digital version of the magazine, please CLICK HERE.

The trailer market was busy in 2015 as well, with nearly a dozen new trailer and truck body products entering the market.

In February, Crysteel Manufacturing unveiled its redesigned A-Tipper aluminum dump body for light- and medium-duty trucks. The A-Tipper entered production last year, and comes with a five-year comprehensive warranty on the dump body and hoists.

A second new dump trailer entered the market in June from Ox Bodies. The Trailer Ox Series trailers are available with side heights of 36 to 60 in., lengths of 22 to 36 ft. and are backed by a two-year warranty. An additional Scrap Trailer also was added to the Series in September. The latter is available with side heights up to 72 in. and lengths up to 40 ft.

The Great American Trucking Show was the scene for the next new trailer introduction, as Kalyn Siebert introduced a hydraulic sliding trailer and scraper neck option for an extreme hydraulic removable gooseneck in Dallas in August. Immediately available, the trailers are geared toward all segments of the hauling industry, the company says.

Two more new haulers followed in September when Talbert Manufacturing and Doonan Specialty Trailer introduced their Air Ramp/Air Tilt Series and New Specialty Coil Hauler, respectively. Talbert’s new trailer series includes options for a 20- and 25-ton capacity model, and features a 33-in. deck height. The New Specialty Coil Hauler was designed specifi cally for coil hauling, and features a GVWR of 98,000 lbs. based on tri-axles and disc brakes.

The trailer market’s last big news came from Wabash National, which introduced both a sulfuric acid tanker and a truck body product line in October. The former is a Brenner Tank branded fiberglass reinforced plastic tanker that can transport sulfuric acid at concentrations up to 98 percent, 5 percent higher than previous models.

The latter is Wabash National’s first foray into truck body design, and was spurred by customer demand, the company said. The first two body designs are refrigerated and dry van for final mile deliveries on Class 6-8 chassis.

“Our customers were looking for a truck body for that final mile that didn’t exist in the current marketplace,” said Brent Yeagy, group president, Commercial Trailer Products at Wabash National. “We were able to leverage our current manufacturing experience to produce these bodies to equip them in that space.”

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