Andover designs custom forklift trailer

UK-based materials handling company Beds & Bucks Forktrucks has taken delivery of a specially designed forklift trailer from Andover Trailers.

The curtain-sider features an all-steel retractable sliding roof to accommodate high mast machines, and a full width, full height flip-toe ramp with a shallow loading angle for low ground clearance.

The trailer also incorporates swing-out rear pillars and sliding side pillars with two locking positions to load machines wider than the doorframe.

“When it came to replacing our existing trailer the ability to customise the build was extremely important – hence we opted to go with Andover Trailers,” said Owen Kinns, Director at Beds & Bucks Forktrucks.

“It was obvious from the outset that its design team understood exactly what was required and they built a trailer to match our needs perfectly.”

Closed steel crossmembers in the frame help to provide additional strength needed for the high point loads that forklift trucks impose, while 24 lashing rings on the lower deck and six on the neck are available to secure all possible load combinations.

In addition, the headboard features a combined custom-built toolbox, spare wheel and gas bottle storage compartment – ideal when delivering fleets of gas-powered forklifts.

“The inclusion of things like the toolbox and lifting ramp have been a revelation, dramatically improving the usability of the trailer for our drivers,” said Kinns.

“Our previous trailer was a converted step frame and wasn’t built for purpose, so it only lasted eight years. We’re confident this new trailer will last a lot longer.”

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