XL Specialized Trailers plans to introduce the lightweight XL 80 Low-Profile Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) trailer this spring. The lowboy is rated at 80,000 pounds overall and 80,000 pounds in 10 feet concentrated. The model provides a needed transport solution for lighter-duty equipment that contractors use and move every day.
The XL 80 Low-Profile HDG features an 11-foot long hydraulic gooseneck with XL’s low-profile design, which is popular for its front-loading advantage. A five-position ratchet-style variable ride height allows users to adjust the neck height to fit their various loads. This new two-axle construction lowboy is available in three options: a 44-foot, 6-inch overall length with 24 feet in the well, a 46-foot, 6-inch overall length with 26 feet in the well, or a 48-foot overall length with 27 feet, 6 inches in the well. The short gooseneck allows for the main deck to stay as long as possible, an important factor for users who may need to fit a long load or multiple small pieces of equipment onto the main deck.
The XL 80 Low-Profile HDG’s main deck is constructed with four 14-inch-tall, fully-cambered I-beams as well as 8-inch and 4-inch stubbed junior I-beams on 12-inch alternating centers. The robust main deck features a 22-inch loaded deck height with eight inches of ground clearance. With standard features including 31-inch front flip ramps, 6 bent D-rings per side, chain drops, 12-inch swing-out outriggers on 24-inch centers and raised apitong decking, this model is ready for work.
The bucket well at the rear of the main deck is made from the recessed last three cross members of the deck and includes a plate on the bottom, ideal for the bucket of an excavator to sit low in without damaging the cylinder. The boom trough in the rear bridge also comes with a plate on the bottom and provides a place for the arm to ride safely. The rear bridge transition of 32 degrees features traction aids for loading, while the 9-foot, 6-inch long rear deck has a 40-inch loaded deck height and is prepped for a flip axle. Optional bolt-on wheel covers are available as load bearing – for parking on – or semi-load bearing – for driving on – and can be removed when not in use for weight reduction.
“As construction equipment gets heavier, it is easy to keep building bigger trailers,” said Rodney Crim, vice president of sales at XL Specialized Trailers. “But jobsites are full of smaller equipment too, so we wanted to design a trailer that was lightweight, sturdy and full of bonus features for those everyday hauls. Our new XL 80 Low-Profile HDG trailer achieves that.”