SDC Trailers has unveiled a new lightweight walking floor trailer at the annual Tip-Ex Show at Harrogate. The new design, which features an all-aluminium chassis, body and rear doors, is around 1.5tonnes lighter than previous models and allows the trailer to weight in at well under eight tonnes.
The saving will allow operators to effectively carry more bulk product thereby increasing operational efficiency and reducing road miles.
The tri-axle unit has an increased capacity of 90.2 cubic metres with an overall height of 4.15 metres. The tapered body also helps increase capacity and aids discharge of the load.
SDC also displayed an improved version of its tried and tested chipliner trailer. At 4.6 metres in height, it features a reinforced bulkhead and specially designed tougher curtains with twice as many fastening buckles to secure loads.
This year the Tip-Ex Show featured Commercial Motor's Legal Seminar to help keep operators up to speed with new legislation and proposals. SDC director Paul Bratton joined Department for Transport's Nick Denton on the expert panel to discuss the current proposals around longer trailers and how it may affect leading trailer manufacturers,operators and the UK market.
Paul Bratton, SDC director, said: "Our new walking floor trailer drew a lot of interest and I think people are still looking at ways to be more efficient and save money. With its lightweight chassis, the trailer offers a 6% increase in payload which with help operators save fuel and reduce carbon emissions.
"The Commercial Motor seminar was also useful and provided an insight as to how the future of transport may look if the longer trailer proposals are adopted. Operators want to know how it will affect them but I think, in the long term, the proposals will be advantageous to the industry."