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MATS Report: Vanguard showcases product upgrades at Mid-America

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Vanguard National Trailer displayed a variety of new products at the Mid-America Trucking Show t...


A look inside one of Vanguard's latest trailers, displayed at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
A look inside one of Vanguard's latest trailers, displayed at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vanguard National Trailer displayed a variety of new products at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week, including improvements to technological access.

Vanguard has designed an electronic user manual, via the use of a microchip and a USB port, information which can be accessed with a laptop. The company indicates that existing or expanded memory would allow for easy retrieval of information pertaining to a variety of requirements, including a trailer manual, customer information, or other data pertaining to maintenance.

“Plug in the USB, and (the driver) gains information about the trailer,” said Bob Taylor, Vanguard’s director of trailer sales.

Vanguard has also developed new sidewalls that are fastened with a strong adhesive, instead of using rivets. This manufacturing process is intended to provide additional sidewall strength, while eliminating potential rust and corrosion points.

“There is no riveting, and assembling is easy,” said Taylor.

As well, the commercial trailer company has developed a “pultruded” composite floor, that is not only lighter in weight, but more moisture-resistant, which Vanguard says will offer an extended life-cycle. The company states that this type of flooring could take up to 700 lbs of weight off of a 53-foot trailer, without negatively impacting trailer integrity.

“Also, like the sidewalls, there are no fasteners, and no screws going down,” said Taylor. “It’s a nice, clean floor. It will not rot. It doesn’t take moisture from water.”

Vanguard has also expanded its product line to include pup trailers and converter dollies, both featuring extensive galvanized components. The tripe-rated dolly features a frame that has been: galvanized for maximum protection against corrosion; made from a single piece beam; and built modularly to allow easy replacement of components. The dolly is counterbalanced for effortless maneuvering; has a fifth wheel with bolted construction for easy maintenance; and is open for easy access to air system and ABS.

The 28-foot trailer features: galvanized components; a 100-inch interior width, 110-inch height, optional racking to increase load capacity; 1 3/8″ laminated oak flooring; with sheet and post, or composite sidewalls.

“The galvanized components on our products reduce corrosion, minimize maintenance and extend trailer life,” states Taylor. “It’s all about how we can save our customers these critical pennies-per-mile. We listened to the needs of our customers and have developed quality options that meet those needs.”


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