Rogers: Low Bed Low Down
25 March 2008
Rogers has released details on its latest specialized application trailer model that also suits the requirements of specialized carriers requiring super load hauling. The original lowbed trailer was designed and built for a major southwestern utility company to carry emergency transformers. The lowbed is also suited to haul rough terrain cranes, excavators and other heavy equipment, according to Rogers.
The 60 ton capacity trailer stretches out over 90 feet. It has three air-ride axles with 54½ inch axle spacing combined with a 14 foot 1 inch booster assembly and two detachable axles. The booster can easily be removed and the rear assembly can be run as a 3 axle, close-coupled 4 axle, or a 5 axle when hauling lighter loads or when a spread axle configuration is not required. The trailer also has Rogers’ detachable rear frame for quick and easy axle load re-distributions. The 26 foot platform deck fits under most super loads.
This model has Rogers’ patented No Foot self-lifting gooseneck, which operates on low hydraulic pressure from a standard truck-tractor PTO, or a self-contained gas engine power unit, to raise or lower the deck under full load.
The tapered, self-aligning beam hook connection offers the quickest and safest gooseneck-to-deck connection available, according to Rogers. The Croucher design has tapered mainbeams for maximum loading stability. An additional feature is a “Dolly Link”, increasing the swing clearance to 182 inches, to distribute the trailer's kingpin load onto the tandem-axle, air-ride suspension helper dolly and the tractor.