Sloped deck step frame trailer developed in UK

UK heavy haulage company Ross Garrett Transport has expanded its fleet with a new tri-axle sloped deck step frame trailer made by Andover Trailers.

The new trailer, which will primarily move heavy machinery weighing up to 36 tonnes, joins a fleet of four low-loaders and three flatbeds at the company.

According to Andover, it was built at the manufacturer’s Hampshire facility to Garrett’s precise business requirements, featuring BPW drum brake axles with rear lifting capability and forward-folding hydraulic ramps that are specially shaped for to handle heavy machinery.

The trailer’s bed was designed to accommodate six extra pairs of lashing points, enabling multiple configurations of plant to be secured safely. Also incorporated are toolboxes and a chain tray built into the bed for easy and safe storage.

“I asked for a longer neck on this trailer,” said company Director, Luke Garrett.

“It’s been shaped so it doesn’t stick out so far when you’re turning into a corner.”

The gentle slope of the trailer’s bed allows loading of machines that might struggle with a normal step frame trailer, such as road rollers and access platforms.

The company expects the trailer to cover more than 80,000 miles (ca. 129,000km) annually, working up to seven days a week.

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