Top 7 Things to Consider to When Selecting a Lowboy Trailer or Heavy Haul Trailer
Look, choosing the right trailer can save you both time and money. It can also make your business more reliable and save you considerable frustration in the long run.
We have created, what we feel, is a helpful guide to navigate you to your best next Lowboy Trailer or Heavy Haul Trailer purchase. Please feel free to reach out to us or comment as we’d love to hear from you.
Tip #1 – Hydraulic Flip Axle
The Flip Axle is a complete axle assembly frame attached to the rear frame by hinge plates and pins. The Flip Axle is used when the trailer’s axle loading exceeds the gross weight that a given state will allow on each axle. Otherwise, the Flip Axle can be flipped up onto the rear frame, to reduce the number of axles. The Hydraulic Flip Axle allows for much quicker and easier control. A manual flip axle will require multiple people to raise and lower the flip axle and require the use of a forklift. The Hydraulic Flip Axle can be operated by one person and performed in a matter of seconds.
Top 7 Things to Consider to When Selecting a Lowboy Trailer or Heavy Haul Trailer Powdercoating
Tip #2 – Powdercoating
Although a finish represents only one attribute of a coated part, it is the most visible and influential characteristic to the consumer. Powder coatings have a positive impact on the consumer, both directly and indirectly, and provide solutions to issues of public concern. Powder coatings have become the coating technology of choice for consumable goods from toolboxes, bicycles, office furniture, and lawn furniture to widespread markets such as appliance and automotive for the reasons listed below.
Tip #3 – Quality / Economics / Environmental
QUALITY: The unique rheological and application characteristics of powder coatings provide superior consistency and uniformity of finish without sags, drips, runs, or bubbles. They provide extremely tough, durable films, enhancing the high quality, value-added image of consumer products. In general, the performance properties, such as impact resistance, flexibility, and corrosion resistance, of powder coatings are better than with liquid paints. Powder coated parts resist cracking, peeling, and marring during handling and normal service use.
ECONOMICS: Powder coatings are frequently a cost saving alternative to liquid paints with respect to energy savings, labor costs, rework costs, material usage, waste disposal, and overall line efficiency.
ENVIRONMENTAL: Environmental issues are of significant interest and importance to the government and general public today. Unlike many liquid paints, powder coatings are compliant with environmental regulations. Liquid paints often contain solvents, which can contribute to air pollution and, in some cases, ozone depletion. Powder coatings are free of such pollutants. Wet painting processes can generate sludge, which must be disposed of into hazardous waste landfills. Properly formulated powder coatings generate no such hazardous waste.
Tip #4 – Steel
The quality of the steel has a great deal of impact on the quality of the trailer. Steel quality can range from 80,00 psi to 100,000 psi T-1 steel. The quality of the steel correlated directly with the longevity of the trailer. Higher quality steel is safer under high loads, and is much less likely to fracture at extreme temperatures.
Tip #5 – Air Ride Suspension
The air ride suspension has a flexible air cushion pressurized by the trailer’s air system and regulated by a leveling valve. Many manufacturers utilize 25k bags, others prefer 30k bags allowing for less wear on the trailer. When combined with adjustable ride height control, the rear frame can be raised/lowered 3 inches (+ or -). and 30k lb. capacities. This allows for lower operating pressure and higher capacity when needed.
It’s important for trailer manufactures to be using the most current engineering software, such as Catia, a common well designed computer assisted design software.
Tip #6 – Manufactures Experience
It’s important to consider the manufacturer when purchasing a trailer for the first time. More often than not it’s better to consult a dealer. They will often have stock on site for you to view and decide in person which trailer is right for you. Furthermore, it’s important to consider the history of a manufacture.
Tip #7 – Certifications of Manufacturer
Ensure that whatever manufacturer you choose has the proper certifications and approvals such as ISO 9001 Equivalent, DCMA, GSA, & DLA Approved Quality System’s.
Well there you go, there’s our helpful guide to navigate you to your best next Lowboy Trailer or Heavy Haul Trailer purchase. Please feel comment below or reach out via social media, email or whatever else fits your fancy.