Great Dane Showcases New Technology at MATS

March 27, 2014
Great Dane hosted interactive displays at the Mid-America Trucking Show and featured three of the company's latest trailers.

Great Dane hosted interactive displays at the Mid-America Trucking Show and featured three of the company's latest trailers, all featuring a range of standard features such as Accuride wheels with advanced Steel ArmorTM powder-coating technology, the Platinum Performance PlusTM wheel-end system with exclusive six-year limited warranty, and Grote's Long-Life Light System with 100% LED MicroNovaTM DOT lamps, dual-intensity stop lights and a fully sealed modular wiring harness.

Great Dane's Everest TL reefer meets the demands of the long-haul truckload carrier at a competitive price, featuring industry-leading lightweight technology, unparalleled thermal efficiency and exceptional durability. As part of Great Dane's ongoing push to lower the weight of its reefers without sacrificing safety or performance, a specially built prototype with design and construction advances reduces the trailer's weight to less than 12,000 lbs.

This was achieved through extensive R&D that allowed Great Dane engineers to "push the envelope" with enhancements such as new extrusion designs, new adhesives, and a state-of-the- art foaming process that enhances thermal efficiency, trailer strength and ease of repair. In addition to its wide range of standard features, the Everest TL show trailer also features ThermoGuard lining in the floors, wall and ceiling; a PunctureGuard bonded scuffband; Hendrickson's new Ultraa-KTM air slider suspension and Accuride aluminum disc wheels with premium Accu-ArmorTM surface treatment.

Great Dane's versatile Freedom LT flatbed trailer combines steel and aluminum construction to provide a lightweight, low maintenance product with a lasting appearance and outstanding long-term value. The Great Dane show trailer includes CorroGuard anti-corrosion coating on the trailer's mainbeam (a new option) as well as the undercarriage and support gear components. Other special features of the show trailer include an extended full-length rub rail, double pipe spools, a single coil hauling package with aluminum cross-members, a Hendrickson TireMaxx ProTM tire inflation system, and Accuride Accu-ShieldTM mirror-polish aluminum disc wheels.

The all-aluminum Freedom XP flatbed trailer is nearly 1,000 pounds lighter than a comparable steel- aluminum trailer, and is rated to withstand 60,000-lb. loads in four-foot sections and up to 120,000 pounds of uniformly distributed loads. The MATS show trailer features the XP's new optional appearance package, designed to enhance the trailer's visual impact with features such as polished fill plates, added mud flaps and additional LED lighting. Other features on the show trailer include double pipe spools, a three-coil hauling package; a dunnage rack; a Hendrickson TireMaxx ProTM tire inflation system; Accuride Accu-ShieldTM mirror polish aluminum disc wheels and an AirWeigh digital scale.