Great Dane has officially opened its Dallas distribution center, which will serve as the focal point for trailer sales of its new Freedom line of flatbed models. The center will also provide factory and aftermarket parts and accessories and a wide selection of stock and pre-owned trailers available for immediate purchase, the company said.
The Freedom line includes the XP, LT and SE models. Offered in a range of configurations, the Freedom series is designed to meet the needs of most every platform operation, Great Dane said. The entire series has been re-engineered to meet stringent standards, resulting in a tougher, longer-lasting and more efficient product, it added.
The Freedom XP is an all-aluminum model weighing 8,200 lbs. when equipped with aluminum wheels. Great Dane pointed out that when so equipped, the trailer is 1,000 lbs. lighter than a comparable combination steel/aluminum trailer. The XP is rated to handle 60,000 lb. loads concentrated in 4 ft. and up to 120,000 lbs. of uniform distributed loads. It is available in 48- and 53-ft. lengths and is equipped with a full-length built-in sliding winch track.
The Freedom SE is a heavy-duty all-steel trailer with available straight, drop or extendable body styles. Structural steel side rails and other steel components are shot blasted then protected with a high quality two-part paint process composed of an epoxy primer and black urethane topcoat to prevent corrosion.
The Freedom LT is a combination steel and aluminum trailer built for performance with unique features that offer weight savings and reduced maintenance costs, the company said.
All three models feature a full-length one-piece main beam web with crossmembers that pass through the steel main beams; Great Dane’s exclusive Model 60 support gear, which uses a constant mesh gear box for smooth operation, and proprietary replaceable shock-mounted sand shoes to reduce stresses in the mount by 50%; standard 6-year Stemco Platinum Performance Plus wheel end system, and Grote MicroNova DOT clearance/marker LED lamps.
Multiple cargo securement options are available,, including pop-up chains and winches that can be mounted beneath or recessed into side rails, or on sliding tracks mounted to the underside of the crossmembers.