The new 13.6-metre tri-axle, step frame fixed double-deck trailers will be used to transport retail cages between the UK and Ireland.
The operator needed a solution with a flat lower deck while also meeting the 4.65m Irish height restrictions. Tiger’s design is believed to be the first time such a combination has been successfully achieved.
“In the past, the 4.65-metre trailers we’ve taken to Ireland have had to include wheel boxes within the load space on the lower deck,” explains Andy McGuire, general manager at Maxi Haulage.
“We wanted this to be completely flat so that we could carry more cages per load. Tiger stepped up to the challenge and the result has been an increase of seven cages, or 10%. This will significantly improve efficiency and productivity for our customers, which is fantastic.”
Tiger’s design also saw it move away from independent suspension, the only way such trailers were previously able to run low enough, but which made them more susceptible to damage. Ferry companies were consulted during the design stage to ensure loading and unloading would be simplified.
In addition to the flat deck, other features include gates on the neck of the trailers to help secure all available load space, and a sloping rear floor for easier loading and unloading.
“Tiger has been able to tick a lot of boxes with these new trailers,” adds McGuire. “We’re happy, our customers are happy, and the ferry companies are happy – it’s a win all round.”