Trailer Focus: Dry Vans

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Today’s dry vans are stronger than those of the past while often being lighter. Structural integrity has been improved due to more accurate methods in determining where stress loads are the highest, thanks primarily to better design tools that can analyze the properties of the various materials used in the construction process. By replacing heavier components with equally strong, lighter-weight materials and adding extra strength in areas that need beefing up, designers have been able to build significantly better trailers to carry specific loads without fatiguing certain design elements.

Manufacturers also have reduced trailer weight by employing lighter, higher-strength materials in practically every area of the trailer, including the use of composite floors, which also increase load capacity. Another trend is composite panels used as side, front and rear door materials, which allow maximum interior width and length, and a smooth snag-free interior. Thinwall designs continue to gain popularity because they provide added interior width and cube capacity, which means more freight per trailer and better margins for fleets. Many fleets also spec anti-snag roof bows because they help prevent damage to cargo as it’s being loaded.

As durability and maintenance have become major issues for fleets, trailer manufacturers have moved away from, or engineered alternatives to, traditional plywood liners.

 

GREAT DANE | Champion CL

Great Dane Untitled 1Length: 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: Holland Light Slide LS4 sliding air ride with 49-in. axle spacing; spindle axle

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

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

 

 

 

GREAT DANE | Champion CP

Champion Untitled 1Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13.6 ft.

Sides: Logistic uprights on 48-in. centers

Roof: 0.04-in. aluminum sheet with 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 for tire protection between support gear and coupler; bay and side areas – 4-in.-deep steel I-beams on 12-in. centers

Suspension: Holland Light Slide LS4 sliding air ride with 49-in. axle spacing; spindle axle

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

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

Scuff band: Two rows – first row, 6-in. extruded aluminum integrated with bottom rail; second row, 7-in. galvanized 18-gauge steel

Interior options:

Overlaid track;

various scuff bands;

aluminum cargo

floors; interior and

ceiling linings

 

 

GREAT DANE | Champion SE

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13.6 ft.

Sides: 0.503-in. steel logistic posts on 16-in. centers; 0.05-in. prepainted white flat aluminum side sheets

Roof: 0.04-in. aluminum sheet with 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 for tire protection between support gear and coupler; bay and side areas – 4-in.-deep steel I-beams on 12-in. centers

Suspension: Holland Light Slide LS4 sliding air ride with 49-in. axle spacing; spindle axle

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

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

Scuff band: 12-in. galvanized steel

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

 

 

 

Wabash | Duraplate/xd-35

Wabash Untitled 1Length: 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; Duraplate, 20,000-lb. rating; XD-35, 35,000-lb. rating

Crossmember: DuraPlate, 4-in. steel I-beams, 8-in. centers in the rear 2 ft., optional 8-in. centers in the rear 4 ft.; XD-35, steel-bolted crossmember connections

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

 

Hyundai Translead | HT HY-Cube GL

Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13 ft. 6 in.

Sides: 0.05-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

Suspension: Hendrickson air ride

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

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

Interior lining: White 0.125-in. 80,000-psi galvanized steel-covered composite lining installed full height between uprights; front wall covered with 0.25-in.

composite panel installed full height

 

 

 

Hyundai Translead | Composite

Composite Untitled 1Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.36 in.

Height: 13 ft. 6 in.

Sides: 0.25-in.-thick composite panel with prepainted white high-tensile galvanized steel inner and outer sheets

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

Suspension: Hendrickson air ride

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

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

Interior lining: Exterior-grade

50-in. plywood installed on bottom, 0.25-in. plywood installed on top over front wall, none on

sidewalls

 

 

Utility | 4000D-X Composite

Utility Untitled 1Length: 53 ft.

Width: 102.375 in.

Height: 13 ft. 6 in.

Inside width: 100 in. at wearband (100.25 in. lining to lining)

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 TABS-6 2S-1M ABS System

Brakes: Outboard-mounted cast-iron drums

Axle: Hendrickson LDA; N-spindle; Stemco 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 injected Polyurethane foam core bonding interior lining panels to outside skin panels

Logistics: A-slot side posts on 24-in. centers; extra posts over kingpin and landing gear

Roof skin: 0.04-in. aluminum with galvanized steel anti-snag roof bows on 24-in. centers; 16-in. centers in bay area

 

 

Vanguard | 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

 

 

 

Vanguard | VIP 4000/Maxcube

Max Cube Untitled 1Length: 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: 0.25-in. plywood recessed between posts (4000); snap-in high-strength polypropylene (MaxCube)

 

 

 

Today’s dry vans are stronger than those of the past while often being lighter, thanks to improved structural integrity and lighter-weight materials.

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