Stardes standardises on dual-height fifth wheels 08 May 2014

Concert tour and events transport specialist Stardes, which specifies low-ride trucks for their ability to pull the trailer sizes it oiffers, has standardised on dual-height fifth wheels from Jost.

"We moved towards the low-ride [truck] design to allow us the flexibility to offer two trailer sizes to our customers," explains David Harvey Steinberg, co-owner of Stardes.

"Of course, in order to tow the high trailers we needed to source a dual-height fifth wheel," he adds.

Harvey Steinberg says that, with a reputation for safety and consistently meeting deadlines, it was critical that the fifth wheel specified "wouldn't run the risk of false coupling and wouldn't fail on the road".

Having approached several component suppliers, Harvey Steinberg specified Jost, partly, he says, for its equipment's reputation and party because the company's sales person understood the requirement and offered a good solution.

Jost's JSK DH dual-height fifth wheel can be fitted to nearly all commercial tractor units and also works with all trailer steering systems.

At its lowest position, mounting height is 165mm and it is claimed to be 70kg lighter that comparable competing products.

Further, to prevent injury, it includes a dual safety locking mechanism, while an extended handle makes for easy operation.

"We weren't just sold a fifth wheel: we were given helpful advice throughout and outstanding backup support," comments Harvey Steinberg.

"The components are easy to use and can be locked, unlocked, raised and lowered in seconds, using pneumatics. The weight reduction also plays its part in our efforts to maximise payloads and the automatic lubrication function has reduced our maintenance costs."

Stardes operates 30 low-ride trucks and Jost fifth wheels have now been installed on all of them, while another two low-ride tractors due by the end of this year have also been specified with them. Stardes also specifies Jost landing legs on all new trailers where the option is available.

Brian Tinham

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Jost GB UK Ltd

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