Drent Transport explores new opportunities with Krone Long HGV

From the May 2020 issue.

International transport company Drent Transport from Ureterp in Friesland, the Netherlands, is using a Krone Long HGV with trailer and dolly to efficiently combine loads in response to calls for increased transport volumes.

"We specialise in moving to and from Scandinavia, which is a niche market," said Drent owner, Willem Drent.

"We often drive full truck loads, but sometimes we also have smaller loads that we can combine for outward and return transport.

"That's why we work closely with other moving specialists who don't drive to Scandinavia themselves," he said.

Willem Drent founded the company together with his partner Djoeke de Vegt in 2007. The fleet has since grown continuously to the current size of five combinations.

As Drent can drive its Long HGV on designated routes through Germany, the company has new opportunities to explore.

"Since we often combine several moving transports and general cargo transports on our tours, we are now even more flexible with the combination of a truck with a swap body including tail lift and a dolly with trailer," said Willem Drent.

"In Oslo we have an area where we carry out reloading and re-couple our vehicles," he said. "We also have other swap bodies available there, so we can plan particularly efficiently and are now even more effective with our new long truck."

Drent chose the new Long HGV because of its strong rapport with Krone.

"We have already had excellent experience with the company and Krone products," said Willem Drent. "In addition, Krone also has a great deal of know-how in terms of the approval of Long HGVs in Germany. We deliberately chose a rigid dolly with a slewing ring. This variant functions smoothly and is also a legal requirement in Sweden. The Krone Dynamic Wheel Base Control system (drawbar load reduction) automatically relieves the trailer axles when cornering. In combination with the Scania truck with steering axle, this ensures that we can easily comply with the turning circle of 12.50 metres required by law in Germany. Our long truck was built entirely to German requirements, with all additional safety systems such as a rear view camera."

The closed pendant is a Krone Dry Liner Li, the Li stands for lightly insulated. The trailer is 280cm high inside, three rows of lashing rails are embedded in the side walls. The trailer was completely built at the Krone factory in Lübtheen.

The rigid dolly is equipped with extra wide 445/45R22.5 tyres. At Drent's special request, the connections for light and air were moved to the rear of the trailer in the Boonstra Transport workshop.

"This way we avoid that these hoses are hanging at the front, which we think looks a bit messy," said Willem Drent.

In other news, Krone supports the #Logistikhilft initiative.

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