The drawbar trailer works with the operator’s existing 26-tonne Mercedes-Benz Actros, which already has Schmitz Cargobull bodywork. The new combination will increase payload capacity from 13 to 24 tonnes, with loads now split between three temperature zones.
“I can now accommodate a further 12 pallets per journey, which will be great for my business,” says owner-operator Phillip Hudson.
“It offers me far more flexibility than moving up to a tractor and trailer – and, if I don’t need the extra capacity, I can simply park the drawbar and just run at 26 tonnes.”
Hudson specified the new trailer with a tail-lift and full telematics, offering live tracking of the vehicle’s location, set point and temperature inside the load space.
The new drawbar has been built to the same specification as the rigid truck, featuring Schmitz Cargobull’s Ferroplast side panels.
It is also equipped with a Carrier Transicold Supra multi-temp refrigeration system, offering set points from -30 to +30 degs Celsius.
“One of my key priorities was ensuring maximum reliability, which is another reason I chose to stick with Schmitz Cargobull,” adds Hudson.
“From experience I know their products are robust and dependable – perfect for an owner-operator like me, where any unscheduled downtime could stop me from working.”