Savannah, GA,
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2012
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Built to withstand the toughest operations – these flatbeds raise the bar

Summary


Great Dane Freedom flatbed models include the all-steel Freedom SE, the combination steel/aluminum Freedom LT, and the all-alu- minum Freedom XP. Freedom flatbeds combine versatility and innovation with quality workmanship, strength and durability in designs that meet the needs of flatbed trailer users.

Great Dane Freedom flatbed models include the all-steel Freedom SE, the combination steel/aluminum Freedom LT, and the all-aluminum Freedom XP. Freedom flatbeds combine versatility and innovation with quality workmanship, strength and durability in designs that meet the needs of flatbed trailer users.

Competitive in weight without sacrificing strength and durability, Freedom flatbeds feature main beams fastened securely with attachment clips used in place of welding to prevent common stress cracking caused by twisting. Heavy-duty outriggers on the models transfer load weight from the side rails to the lower main beams and are securely attached with specially designed fasteners.

The Freedom XP's suspension features designed in strength for extend- ed frame life. The combination of galvanized steel and aluminum reinforcements between the main beams provides durability and protection against corrosion. Bolt-on "K" bracing reinforces the front axle, to help prevent stress cracking from side-to-side loads.

All Freedom flatbed models are designed to fight corrosion. Heavy-duty structural steel components on the trailers are shot blasted prior to the application of a two-part epoxy primer to ensure superior adhesion of a black urethane topcoat designed to provide pro- tection and corrosion resistance. Also fighting corrosion are powder-coated, sliding winches.

A 1.25-inch aluminum floor is standard with four apitong nailing strips and a safety-grip
surface for positive traction when walking on the deck and to help restrain cargo movement. Twelve pairs of pull-up chain ties are recessed in the floor for additional cargo securement.

Standard on all Freedom flatbed mod- els is Great Dane Model 60 Landing Gear. Featuring a constant mesh gear
box to keeps gears engaged for consis- tently smooth shifting, the gear's construction includes a floating nut design, which protects the elevating screw from damage caused by dock walk. Supported by angle bracing at the front and rear, the Model 60 has a lift capacity of 55,000 lbs and is mounted to spread the load over five crossmembers. Steel gus- sets ensure extra support, stability, and strength. Completing the design, Great Dane's proprietary replaceable shock-mounted sand shoes reduce stresses in the mount by 50 percent.

The standard Hendrickson INTRAAX air-ride suspension is not only lightweight. In addition, its tapered-beam design combines with Hendrickson's Large-Diameter Axle (LDA) for increased bending stiff- ness and improved durability. This system also features long-life Tri-Functional® pivot bushings for a smooth ride and Quik-Align® for fast and easy axle alignments.

An additional standard feature on Freedom flatbed models is the Six- Year Stemco Platinum Performance Plus Wheel End System. The entire system, which includes Guardian HP oil seals, PRO-TORQ spindle nuts and integrated Sentinel hub caps, is warranted for five years for parts and labor and includes an additional year of coverage on parts that can be extended another three years with regular maintenance.

The Freedom standard lighting package features MicroNova® DOT LED lamps, designed to improve visibility and service life of lights. Also standard is Great Dane's Long Life Light System, a maintenance- free, fully modular system backed by a ten-year warranty. This sealed harness prevents moisture intrusion, and combines the flexibility
of a custom wiring system with the reliability and simplicity of a sealed harness.