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New skeletal trailers hitting the road

  • From the February 2019 issue.
New skeletal trailers hitting the road

Krueger Transport Equipment has developed a diverse selection of skels – drawing on more than 40 years of innovation – to bolster Australia’s container cartage operations.

Krueger Transport Equipment has developed a diverse selection of skels – drawing on more than 40 years of innovation – to bolster Australia’s container cartage operations.

Since 1976, Victorian trailer builder, Krueger Transport Equipment, has worked closely with commercial road transport businesses throughout Australia to enhance trailing equipment in the interests of achieving significant performance gains.

For company patriarch, John Krueger, the freight forwarding industry, in particular, has adapted its operational requirements, in line with the latest innovations in skeletal (skel) trailers. He believes in delivering reliability, optimal returns on investment and greater payloads to boost the bottom line of transport companies big and small.

To do this, John has invested over four decades in developing trailer technologies to produce a variety of maximum payload skel models, including super A-doubles, lightweight B-doubles and lightweight skels. Other skel variations range from ultra low skeletal neck combinations to drop decks.

“Our skels are designed to work hard on the waterfronts, carting shipping containers, and are engineered to provide high levels of flexibility, low tare weight and maximum payload capacity,” John says.

The latest multipurpose 48’ A-double is said to deliver huge productivity gains and can be tailored to achieve maximum payloads subject to permit type requirements.

Meanwhile, the 48’ ultra low neck skel was originally designed by Krueger Transport Equipment in 2001. There are currently over a thousand of these combinations in service throughout Australia. This design was followed up with the high payload version which was designed in 2008 and incorporates steerable axle technology.

The retractable skel is now industry standard however John witnessed firsthand the difficulties and safety issues transport companies faced as demand increased for freight forwarders and shippers to load and unload their containers. John designed a trailer that carried maximum payload when suspension was extended for on-road use while also allowing for the flush loading and unloading of containers.

Over the decades, Krueger Transport Equipment has provided many variations of its skels to fleets across the country. The Weight Saver skel range, in particular, according to John, takes payload potential for trailers to the next level, offering even less tare weight – pushing even greater payload capacities without compromising on trailer strength and structural integrity.

John says that the Weight Saver skels can be configured into a wide range of sizes and combinations. “Performance-Based Standards equipment is all about maximising payload, productivity and efficiency, so we have developed the Weight Saver range based on those needs,” he says. “We understand that the transport industry is facing shrinking profit margins, making it more important than ever to replace unsuitable trailers with the latest high-payload skel solutions.

With a passion for clever engineering, John says the team at Krueger Transport Equipment is always up for a challenge, especially if it means boosting payload capacity and ensuring a flexible, versatile fleet.

Fast Fact
Krueger Transport Equipment developed its first quad axle super B-double in 1994. It was the biggest trailer combination of its kind in Australia with a payload capacity of 117 tonnes and was officially launched by the Victorian Government on the Port of Melbourne. Innovation and design development have continued to deliver productivity and payload benefits for the specialist trailer builder ever since.

Fast Fact
Logistics powerhouse, Linfox, bolstered its fleet earlier this year with an order of ultra low gooseneck skel trailers from Krueger Transport Equipment. The new batch trailers join Linfox’s Intermodal division, which operates Australia-wide, and are designed to be extremely flexible, allowing them to be used for higher profile 10’6” tall containers as well as regular skel work.

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