XL Specialized Trailers’ BladeMate Flip Extension is designed for hauling longer wind turbine blades. The 27-foot-long extension can be added to the rear of XL’s BladeMate trailer or any blade-hauling trailer; with the addition, XL’s BladeMate reaches a length of 211 feet. When moving the empty trailer, a driver can flip the extension up, retract the trailer and have a 53-foot-long return trip with reduced permit costs.
By moving the lever at the front of the trailer, six-inch hydraulic cylinders flip the extension up or down within minutes. The cylinder linkage can be unpinned and lowered flat to allow for more loading space on the top of the trailer.
The rear bolster, at the end of the Flip Extension, offers a 20,000-pound capacity, making it suitable as the rear-loading platform for a two-point load set-up. The Flip Extension is secured with a lug-and-pin system, allowing the tail to be removed when it is not needed.
When hauling shorter blades, if the driver uses the Flip Extension instead of fully extending the BladeMate trailer, the trailer’s wheelbase is shorter, which reduces the trailer’s turn radius.
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