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The Quest for Lighter Trailers

Trailers need to be as light, strong, cheap and durable as possible, creating a never-ending race for an always-lighter design.

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East Manufacturing Offers New Lightweight Tipper Trailer

East Manufacturing has introduced its new Lightweight Tipper Trailer, designed for increased payload and durability in refuse hauling operations.

Todco Offers WeatherTite Pro Weather-Resistant Roll-Up Door

Transportation Division of Overhead Door Corp., known as Todco, is offering the WeatherTite Pro, a lightweight weather-resistant roll-up door for trailer and truck body applications.

New Report Explores Lightweighting

The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

SAF-Holland's ULX40 Trailer Suspension Uses Composite Springs

Citing a trend away from air-ride and toward mechanical trailer suspensions, SAF-Holland has introduced an integrated suspension-axle-brake product it says is the first of its kind.

Altec Offers Fiberglass Service And Utility Bodies

Altec’s fiberglass utility and service bodies are designed and engineered to be both lightweight and strong to fit a variety of customized needs.

Pride Bodies Produces a Lightweight Mechanics Bumper

Pride Bodies produced a mechanics bumper made from aluminum that is more lightweight and corrosion resistant than a comparable steel bumper.

ConMet Releases Lightweight Brake Drum

Consolidated Metco released the TruCast brake drum which the company calls competitively priced and designed for optimum braking performance. ConMet has also updated its line of hub rebuild kits.

Lightweight Antares Flatbed is Easy to Fix

Antares Equipment’s new 48 foot flatbed trailer comes with a fixed wide-spread air suspension and is designed to be lightweight for better efficiency. The trailer is aimed at specialty vocations like steel and chicken hauling.

Ridewell Announces New Lightweight Trailer Suspensions

Ridewell Suspensions is adding a series of 13,200-pound-capacity trailer suspensions to its RSS-233 product line, designed to reduce weight without sacrificing overall durability.