Utility to begin production on composite dry van

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At the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. announced plans to begin production in January of its next generation D-X dry van. The company says the 4000D-X Composite, which will replace the current 4000D-X, combines the best features of composite and sheet-and-post designs – the durability traits of a typical plate trailer, plus added performance such as enhanced payload and improved load securement at a lower tare weight.

According to Utility, the 4000D-X composite uses the same aluminum exterior side skin panels featured on the company’s 3000R refrigerated trailer, providing weight savings without compromising side wall strength or the 101-inch minimum wearband-to-wearband inside width. The company is using a polyurethane foam core that bonds the interior lining panels to the outside skin panels providing side wall; Utility says polyurethane allows for a lower-density core than the polyethylene construction found in most plate trailers, offering lower weight.

Standard 4000D-X Composite features include fully-recessed vertical logistic posts on 24-inch centers – at a minimum — throughout the trailer. The 80,000-psi interior lining panels are “squeeze”-riveted to the outer skin and side posts to facilitate high strength and durability, while lining and side post structural fasteners are fully recessed to help prevent damage from lift trucks or cargo.

For more information, go to www.utilitytrailer.com.