Utility drop deck sheds weight

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Utility’s new lightweight 4000AE Drop Deck flatbed trailer offers many of the features found in the company’s 4000 AE combo flatbed — weighing less than some all-aluminum trailers, but selling at a “more sensible combo trailer price,” the manufacturer says.

Developed for heavy or awkward loads, the drop deck combines three- and four-inch aluminum crossmembers. It comes standard with a 39,000-pound coil haul package, with a five-foot span of aluminum cross members tapered from four inches to three inches on eight-inch center lines.

Other features include the ConMet aluminum hub system that helped to save 541 lb. when compared to the previous design.


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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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