Trailer Focus: Dry Vans

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CCJ’s annual three-part guide to trailer specifications begins this month with a look at dry vans from selected leading suppliers.

New trailers are rare these days. According to ACT Research, new trailer shipments in 2009 were off 44 percent year-over-year and at the lowest level since 1978. Shipments were improving by yearend, however, as the 8,296 shipments in December were the highest monthly total for 2009.

Kenny Vieth, partner and senior analyst with ACT Research, blames the 32-year low in trailer shipments on not only the worst economic downturn in decades but also the impact of trailer-tracking technology on trailer productivity and utilization. “On a more positive note, inventories reached a new four-year low, a prerequisite for improvement in production rates.”

Look for specs of selected refrigerated models in May and flatbeds in July.


SSLGreat Dane SSL

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13 ft. 6 in.

Sides: 0.83 in.

Roof: 0.04-in. aluminum sheet with 1-in. galvanized steel bows on 24-in. centers

Rear doors: 0.5-in. composite swing; dual-seal gaskets, white galvanized steel cover sheet

Floor: 1.38-in. laminated hardwood

Crossmember: Front – steel hat type on 12-in. centers, 2-in. deep; bay and side areas – 4-in. steel I-beam on 12-in. centers

Suspension: Binkley Duralite (LS4) slide spring with 49-in. axle spacing; tandem axle

Anti-lock brakes: Wabco 2S/1M Easy Stop

Brakes: 16.5-in. x 7-in. drums

Scuff band: 10.25-in. galvanized steel, 18-gauge, full-length side

Interior options: Overlaid track; various scuff bands; aluminum cargo floors; interior and ceiling linings



ClassicGreat Dane Classic

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13.6 ft.

Sides: 1.13-in. steel hat section uprights on 12-in. and 24-in. centers; logistic post optional; 0.05-in. prepainted white flat or corrugated aluminum side sheets

Roof: 0.04-in. aluminum sheet with bows on 24-in. centers

Rear doors: 0.5-in. composite swing; prepainted white cover sheets with Galvalume inner lining; stainless-steel cover sheets (optional)

Floor: 1.38-in. laminated hardwood

Crossmember: Front – steel hat type for tire protection between support gear and coupler; bay and side areas – 4-in.-deep steel I-beams on 12-in. centers

Suspension: Hendrickson HKANT 40 sliding air ride with 49-in. axle spacing; spindle axle

Anti-lock brakes: Meritor WABCO 2S-1M

Brakes: 16.5-in. x 7-in. drums with S-cam brakes

Scuff band: 12-in. high-roll formed steel, full length

Interior options: Overlaid or recessed track; various scuff bands; aluminum cargo floors; interior and ceiling linings

Exterior options: Multiple side-door options and locations; multiple entry/egress options; large- and small-tire drops available



CubeHyundai Translead HT HY-Cube

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13 ft. 6 in.

Sides: 0.5-in.-thick prepainted white aluminum

Roof: One-piece 0.04-in.-thick full-width aluminum sheet, tension-leveled prior to installation

Rear frame: Hot-dipped 0.375-in.-thick galvanized steel construction with low-profile header, tube-shaped posts; forged steel angle iron in top corners for added rack resistance; lights recessed in rear sill with heavy-duty protection bars

Crossmember: 4-in.-deep hot-rolled steel I-beam; 80,000-psi yield strength, located on 12-in. centers; hat-shaped crossmember ahead of landing gear; rear 4 ft. of trailer has crossmembers located on 8-in. centers

Suspension: Hutchens H9700 with H9811 Slider subframe with four locking pins

Anti-lock brakes: Two-sensor/one-modulator valve (2S/1M) system, PLC4Trucks-compatible system

Brakes: Non-asbestos lining, 16.5-in. x 7-in. quick-change type; S cam-operated automatic slack adjuster

Lining: 0.235-in.-thick HDPE lining installed full height between uprights with no fasteners; side lining hooks into place for easy replacement; exterior grade 0.5-in. plywood installed full height over front wall



CompositeHyundai Translead Composite

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13 ft. 6 in.

Sides: 0.5-in.-thick prepainted white aluminum

Roof: One-piece 0.04-in.-thick full-width aluminum sheet, tension-leveled prior to installation

Rear frame: Hot-dipped 0.375-in.-thick galvanized steel construction with low-profile header, tube-shaped posts; forged steel angle iron in top corners for added rack resistance; lights recessed in rear sill with heavy-duty protection bars

Crossmember: 4-in.-deep hot-rolled steel I-beam; 80,000-psi yield strength, located on 12-in. centers; hat-shaped crossmember ahead of landing gear; rear 4 ft. of trailer has crossmembers located on 8-in. centers

Suspension: Hutchens H9700 with H9811 Slider subframe with four locking pins

Anti-lock brakes: Two-sensor/one-modulator valve (2S/1M) system, PLC4Trucks-compatible system

Brakes: Non-asbestos lining, 16.5-in. x 7-in. quick-change type; S cam-operated automatic slack adjuster

Lining: 0.235-in.-thick HDPE lining installed full height between uprights with no fasteners; side lining hooks into place for easy replacement; exterior grade 0.5-in. plywood installed full height over front wall



Utility 4000D-X Composite

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.375 in.

Height: 13 ft. 6 in.

Rear doors: 0.75-in. ply-metal rear doors, satin finish stainless-steel rear door case

Floor: 1.375-in. laminated hardwood

Crossmember: 4-in. steel I-beam on 12-in. centerline

Suspension: Hendrickson HKANT 40,000-lb. Vantraax air-ride sliding tandem with Quik Draw pin release

Anti-lock brakes: Bendix 25-1M

Brakes: Outboard-mounted cast-iron drums

Axle: Hendrickson LDA; N-spindle; Stemco Platinum Performance 5-year wheel-end system

Interior/exterior: Prepainted white 0.04-in. aluminum side skins, prepainted white 0.019-in. 80,000-psi galvanized steel lining, with foam core bonding interior lining panels to outside skin panels

Logistics: A-slot side posts on 24-in. centers, a new line on roof construction and roof skin, .04-in. aluminum roof skin with galvanized steel anti-snag roof bows on 24-in. centers



VXPVanguard VXP

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13 ft. 6 in.

Sides: 0.313-in. composite laminate

Roof sheet: 0.04-in. aluminum

Rear doors: Composite swing with structural anti-theft pin and collar fasteners, 5 hinges and 1 lock rod per door

Floor: 1.375-in. laminated oak; pre-undercoated, three screws/board

Crossmember: 4-in. I-beams on 12-in. centers; wax-coated 80 KSI high-strength steel

Suspension and subframe: Air-ride slide, 216-in. rails

Anti-lock brakes: Meritor WABCO 2S-1M

Front lining: 0.5-in. plywood full height, close out at bottom

Scuff lining: Extruded aluminum base rail with galvanized corrugated steel directly attached to sidewall for a total of 12-in. side protection


VIP-4000Vanguard VIP 4000/MaxCube

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13 ft. 6 in.

Sides: 0.05-in. aluminum prepainted white

Roof sheet: 0.04-in. aluminum

Rear doors: Plymetal swing with structural anti-theft pin and collar fasteners, 5 hinges and 1 lock rod per door

Floor: 1.375-in. laminated oak; pre-undercoated,

three screws/board

Crossmember: 4-in. I-beams on 12-in. centers; wax-coated 80,000-psi minimum yield

Suspension and subframe: Air-ride slide, 216-in. rails

Anti-lock brakes: Meritor WABCO 2S-1M

Front lining: 0.5-in. plywood full height, close out at bottom

Scuff lining: 12-in. corrugated steel directly attached to posts

Side lining: .25-in. plywood recessed between posts (4000); snap-in high-strength polypropylene (Maxcube)



DuraplateWabash Duraplate

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.375 in.; 101- in. interior, scuff to scuff

Height: 13.5 ft.

Sides: DuraPlate composite panels – constructed of high-density polyethylene core bonded between two sheets of high-strength galvanized steel

Roof: Bonded, tension roof with 0.04-in. aluminum sheet and steel; anti-snag roof bows

Rear frame coating: High-performance powder coat

Rear doors: DuraPlate composite swing doors; optional overhead doors

Floor: Full 1.375-in. laminated oak with 20,000-lb. rating

Crossmember: 4-in. steel I-beams, 8-in. centers in the rear 2 ft.; optional 8-in. centers in the rear 4 ft.

Suspension: Hendrickson HKANT40 air-ride sliding tandem

Anti-lock brakes: Meritor WABCO 2S-1M

Base rail: High-strength extruded aluminum with bolted base rail connections

Lights: All LED lights