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OPEN HEAVY DUTY TRAILER: FLAT OR SEMI

Tracon has extensive experience in building open trailers for heavy use. You have a choice between semi and flat trailers. Many of these (semi) trailers are supplied to Denmark and Norway. In particular in Norway, the demands imposed on these (semi) trailers are high: extremely strong and with maximum flexibility. There it is common that a (semi) trailer is suitable to transport containers, that trees can be loaded on it, and that it can carry various loads. Thermally galvanised chassis, container twist locks, corner post holes, heavy stanchions, aluminium side boards, danger signs, heavy flooring, steering systems, etcetera., it is all possible. Our Trailer Configurator allows you to assemble the HD trailers according to your preferences, with extensive options and possibilities, including prices. Would you prefer us to assemble the offer for you? We will be happy to do that for you! Please leave your details and you will receive the required quotation by email. Tracon disposes of an extensive European Type Approval which makes it easy to register your HD trailer in every European country.

Chassis

Tracon (semi) chassis are designed for prolonged and intensive use. The main beams of the chassis are therefore welded on both sides for added strength, which is unique in trailer construction. By standard application of thick flanges, IPE100 crossbeams and a UNP140 edge profile, all made of high quality steel, an extremely heavy duty chassis is created. In addition, the chassis is equipped with a cross-beam at every 400 mm, so that a very heavy floor load is made possible. The fifth wheel coupling in the neck is as much as 10 mm thick to prevent distortion in the long term.

This results in a legally permissible fifth wheel load of 16 tons, and technically as many as 18 tons, standard! In conclusion, this chassis is the foundation for an intensive and extra long life!

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Surface preparation

Tracon provides all its chassis standard with a cathodic electrodeposition coating covered with a powder coat finish. Hence double coating for better corrosion protection.

KTL

This is the abbreviation of Kathodische Tauch Lackierung (electrostatic lacquer dip). KTL is an electrostatic painting process during which the chassis is immersed into a liquid bath. In a bath filled with lacquer the chassis is immersed under electrical power. With the help of direct current voltage, the paint particles are drawn to the chassis and a layer of varnish is created on the surface. This lacquer layer grows until a closed and insulating layer is formed onto the chassis. This way, it is possible to provide hard to reach areas with a lacquer layer. After the electrostatic application of the paint, this is dried and hardened in an oven at 180 to 200°C. Distinctive in our KTL process is that one of the immersion baths is a galvanising bath for an extra long lasting protective coating.

Powder Coating

After the KTL process, we provide the chassis as a standard with a powder coating lacquer layer for extra protection. Negatively charged powder is sprayed onto a positively charged chassis with compressed air. Through the electrostatic principle, the powder temporarily sticks to the sprayed chassis, after which it is heated in an oven. This gives the coating the opportunity to flow out, after which it is hardened. 

Thermal galvanisation

For a small additional charge, it is possible to galvanize all our chassis thermally. This is the best possible anti-corrosion treatment. Thermal galvanizing is an immersion process, whereby the liquid zinc, at a temperature of approximately 450°C, reaches all corners of the chassis, both internally and externally. The steel and the zinc together form a zinc alloy. This very strong protective layer is covered by a pure zinc layer. The zinc is thicker on the vulnerable edges, making the protection even better. Galvanised chassis are very sustainable, maintenance-free and offer maximum protection. A thermally galvanised chassis is rust resistant for at least 15 years.

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Floor

Certified 28 mm waterproof hardwood floor boards. Between each board a galvanised steel omega is placed for extra strength. Equipped with wear resistant anti-slip profile. Through the support of many crossbeams (every 400 mm), this floor is suitable for heavy loads. 









 

Steering

Tracon and Tridec

When you choose for a steered trailer, Tracon will always install a Tridec steering system. Tridec is part of the Jost Group and is a leader in the field of steering systems in trailers. Our product range is extensive: single-steered, double-steered as well as X-steered versions are available.

Which steering system is the right one for you?

Rods

For the sake of safety and ease of maintenance almost all steered trailers in Europe are driven with a rod steering system. This is suitable for flat and (semi) trailers. When using rods, the steering motion is transferred very directly and no slack is created in the system. This makes the system low-maintenance. Through a unique construction, the entire system can easily be dismantled from underneath. This saves a lot of time in service and renders a floor hatch in the bodywork unnecessary.

Cable

Here, the steering motion is transferred from front to back by means of a cable. It is guided over pulleys. Tracon provides no cable steered trailers.

Hydraulic

Hydraulic steering systems are used for extendible trailers for which the rod connection is not possible. Hydraulic systems are also applied if a low floor height in combination with steering is required. Height is lost due to the turntable which is normally present for a rod steering system.

Which axles should be steered?

tridec

The first and the last axle steered (Tridec X-besturing)

Advantages:

Good weight distribution possible;
Less tire wear;
Less rolling resistance hence less fuel consumption;
Comes through internally,  making you swing less, especially beneficial in case of a truck-mounted forklift;
Fewer fines for exceeding axle load;
Suitable for two-axle and three-axle trailers  

Disadvantages:

Less manoeuvrable than a single steered trailer, comes through internally, just like a non-steered trailer (turning radiuses on request);
More maintenance compared to a single steered trailer (more turntables);
More expensive to purchase

Only last axle steered (most used)

Advantages:

Very manoeuvrable;
Manoeuvrability can be easily adjusted;
Less tire wear;
Less rolling resistance hence less fuel consumption;
Better weight distribution by moving the last axle backwards; 

Disadvantages:

More maintenance compared to a non steered trailer

The last two axles steered (double steering)

Advantages:

Maximum manoeuvrability;
Manoeuvrability can be easily adjusted;
Less tire wear;
Less rolling resistance hence less fuel consumption;
Better weight distribution because the last axles are located more remotely from each other 

Disadvantages:

More maintenance compared to a non steered trailer

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