LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After two years of development and extensive testing, Great Dane Trailers introduced its new all-aluminum flatbed at the Mid-America Trucking Show here. Offering weight savings and eliminating the potential for corrosion, the all-aluminum flatbed from Great Dane combines the latest technologies and proven components from its other platform models, the company said in a news release distributed at the show.
The aluminum Great Dane platform trailer eliminates the potential for corrosion found in steel and combination steel and aluminum models, company officials said, noting that the new trailer features two-piece bolted aluminum main beams, and like the popular GPL—the aluminum/steel combination platform—has extruded aluminum side rails, and an aluminum floor, rear assembly and cross members.
Weight savings are inherent in the new all-aluminum platform model, Great Dane said.
At 8,260 pounds when equipped with aluminum wheels, the new trailer weighs about 1,000 lbs less than a comparable combo steel-aluminum unit.
Tested at 60,000-pound concentrated in four feet and in excess of 100,000-pound uniform distributed loads, the all-new Great Dane aluminum platform trailer under went as many as six types of evaluations to prove its strength and durability.
Customer testing of prototypes was also conducted with very favorable results, officials said.
The all-new Great Dane aluminum platform model will be offered initially in 48-foot and 53-foot by 102-inch wide versions.
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