XL Specialized Trailers features the new, 110,000-lb. capacity, Low-Profile Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) at MATS.

XL intros low-deck HDG and next galvanized lowboy

May 31, 2018
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XL Specialized Trailers has added the new Low-Profile Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) trailer to its lineup offering the lowest loaded deck height in the industry. 

The XL 110 Low-Profile HDG features a loaded deck height of only 15 inches. With a capacity of 110,000 pounds in 12 feet, the unit is designed for versatile hauling in construction and commercial applications. The 13-foot gooseneck has a swing clearance of 110 inches, and the relief cut out in the gooseneck provides additional space between the truck and trailer. To save time while loading and unloading, the trailer’s long neck is easily removable through the use of a wet kit or with a power unit.

The neck also offers a five-position ride height. Based on neck position and load, the deck can be leveled as needed with the adjustable wheel area ride height. Additionally, a work light is positioned in the upper deck as an added safety benefit for loading and better visibility when monitoring the load at night.

The main decks on XL’s Low-Profile HDG’s are built with T-1 flange and 80k webs, as well as 6-inch and 4-inch stubbed junior I-beams on 12-inch centers. A wood that is stronger than oak, Apitong decking is standard on the main deck and stands up to years of wear and tear, according to the company. With the 15-inch deck height and 4.5-inch ground clearance, this flat deck lowboy can accommodate loads that may otherwise require a dropside trailer. 

The Low-Profile HDG offers construction-focused and customer-friendly features. The deep bucket well in the rear provides an area for an excavator bucket to ride safely without detaching the lower boom section. The main deck offers many tie-down points with four flat d-rings inside both the front toolbox and bucket well, seven pairs of bent d-rings along the outer beams, 13 chain drops per side and swing out outriggers on 24-inch centers.

The wheel area includes bolt-on heavy-duty wheel covers. To decrease wear on the tires, the third axle airlift can lift up when it is not needed. Finally, the frame of the XL Low-Profile HDG is prepped for a flip axle, allowing drivers to add a fourth axle when necessary. 

XL also rolled the next model in its galvanized trailer series, a Mechanical Full-Width Gooseneck (MFG). 

XL builds its galvanized units with the same high-quality T-1 flange, 80K web as its other lowboys. The hot-dip galvanizing process creates a durable barrier between the elements and the steel, enabling the trailer to withstand harsh weather and road conditions and extending its lifetime by up to three times over standard steel. By fully submerging the trailer in hot zinc, every area of the unit is protected. 

Galvanizing also provides additional surface strength for excellent abrasion resistance; scratches will self-repair to seal out the elements with minimum maintenance. 

Notably, XL’s Galvanized 80 MFG has a low base weight of approximately 15,600 pounds, offering added durability without sacrificing hauling capability.

The galvanized MFG offers all the customer-friendly features enjoyed on XL’s standard MFG. A five-year structural warranty comes standard on all XL lowboys, including the new galvanized XL 80 MFG.

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