New Andover heavy-duty low loader in service in London

In order to help deliver a range of heavy road construction equipment throughout the UK, family-run Coyle Haulage has added a new four-axle Andover step frame trailer to its fleet.

The new step frame is the eighth piece of equipment owner John Coyle has specified from the Hampshire-based manufacturer, having first ordered an Andover Trailers low loader in 1993.

The SFCL67 model features a low profile neck, eight inch (20.3 cm) slide-out extensions to the deck, bridge and beavertail, a removable top deck stop bar, and hydraulic power toe ramps, designed to release the toe cable and clamp it into the main ramp so that both can be lifted under an overhanging machine. Each ramp is operated by a separate control.

The 13.2m long trailer – worth more than £60,000 – also features two fixed and two steering BPW axles with the rear axle lifting, for maximum manoeuvrability, plus BPW air suspension with manual raise and lower control. 

According to Andover, the specification also includes a pair of heavy-duty hydraulic steady legs located under the beavertail, to ensure a stable platform for loading and unloading on uneven ground, whilst the floor is constructed of 38mm hardwood with 3mm steel underlay welded down in the outer bays to ensure a long working life.

To ensure maximum visibility, the trailer features LED rear lights, stalk lights, wide load marker boards, yellow conspicuity markings along both sides and strobe beacons which can be operated from inside the cab.

“We’ve been working with Andover for so long they know what we want almost without us having to ask.  The team really make the whole trailer ordering process easy and we have never been disappointed with one of their products in the 20 years we’ve been doing business together,” adds Coyle.

The new trailer will operate with a Scania R620 unit and is expected to remain in service at London-based Coyle Haulage for at least eight years.

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