XL 80 Slider Trailer

Rolf Lockwood

XL Specialized Trailers offers the new XL 80 Slider (slide axle), a two-axle trailer  rated at 80,000 lb overall and 50,000 lb in 10-ft concentrated

The XL 80 Slider trailerIt’s named for its sliding axle assembly, which allows the unit to tilt for the loading and unloading of heavy and inoperable equipment. New Teflon-lined rollers slide smoothly without the need for grease, the company says. With optimal standard features and an array of options, it’s customizable for specific hauling needs and well suited to the towing and rental markets.

Paving equipment, for example, creates unique challenges with its large rollers and heavy weights that require a full-width ramp and low angle for loading. The XL Slider is well suited to this equipment with an extremely low load angle of 6.5 degrees that assists with loading.

The trailer is set up for hauling inoperable equipment that needs winches and rollers for loading. It offers a heavy-duty 20,000-lb hydraulic winch with manual kickout and 100 ft of 9/16-in. cable. A two-function wireless remote accompanies the winch for ease of use and a recessed roller at the top of the gooseneck rolls in conjunction with the winch to pull the cable. While the trailer is suitable for paving equipment, close crossmember spacing also enables drivers to haul forklifts.

The new XL 80 Slider is a four-beam trailer comprised of 4-in. junior I-beams and 3-in. I-beams on 8-in. centers for durability.

Its standard features include chain drops down the center deck, and the side beams provide extra tie-down areas. The energy chain protects air and electrical lines from damage, while two toolboxes in the upper deck provide storage space. The Slider comes with mid-turn lights, clearance lights, and two taillights, all rubber-mounted with plug-and-play capability for easy replacement.

Additional options include dock levelers, a 28-hp Honda self-contained power unit, hydraulic park stands, a wired remote for backup, or an upgraded six, seven or 10-function wireless remote.

Operators choose from a 48-ft long trailer with a 17-degree dump angle, a 51-footer with a 16-degree dump angle, or a 53-ft version with a 15-degree dump angle. It offers two axle-spacing options: 50 and 60 in.

Note that Canadian customers can choose the RTAC-legal trailer, which is 51 ft long with a 9-ft-wide deck).

Rolf Lockwood

Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.

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