Savannah, GA,
23
March
2013
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05:04 PM
America/New_York

CHAMPION DRY VANS

Summary


Great Dane's 2014 model year Champion dry vans include design enhancements aimed at improving performance by offering more innovative standards while maintaining a low cost of ownership.

Great Dane's 2014 model year Champion dry vans include design enhancements aimed at improving performance by offering more innovative standards while maintaining a low cost of ownership.

Increasing levels of strength and corrosion resistance in Great Dane Champion dry freight vans, now standard, is an improved EnduroGuard rear frame with a stainless steel sill. The enhanced EnduroGuard rear frame incorporates a full-width lower sill made of stainless steel with conventional coated materials in non-visible locations. This area of the rear frame (where dock contact often occurs) is now built to put increased corrosion protection where it is needed most.

The new EnduroGuard frame, available with swing or roll-up type rear doors, also utilizes galvanized hinge butts and galvanneal frame components made of the zinc alloyed steel that boosts both durability and frame aesthetics. Used for many years in automotive applications for its ability to accept paint, galvanneal improves paint adhesion in addition to providing additional corrosion protection.

Also new on the rear of Champion SE and CP vans is an improved design for rear sill light protector bars. Reducing the depth of current bars from two inches to one inch around the stop-tail-turn lamps makes them much less prone to damage, and saves weight without jeopardizing the bar's capability to protect rear lamps.

Another 2014 model year change is a stainless steel front bottom rail in place of the aluminum front lower rail used previously. An aluminum extrusion will transition between the front wall sheets and the stainless steel rail, providing a two-piece design which provides superior corrosion resistance while enhancing the trailer's clean look.

Other initiatives on Champion dry vans include notched floor thresholds at the rear for a cleaner, tighter fit. An improved dielectric tape is being used throughout the trailer to inhibit corrosion. Also now standard is a larger air and electrical line hat protector on the front wall for easier routing of air and electrical components.

Behind all of the new improvements to Great Dane 2014 model year Champion dry freight vans are a series of manufacturing process initiatives aimed at improving fit and finish. As a result, Great Dane dry freight vans are now even more durable. Through a unique and highly effective combination of materials and designs, Champion vans are set to boost quality to an even higher level.

 

EnduroGuard Rear Frame
Delivering Renowned Strength with Outstanding Corrosion Resistance
Best known for its structural performance, Great Dane's EnduroGuard rear frame not only adds value, but delivers enhanced durability and appearance throughout the life of a Champion dry van.

 

EnduroGuard rear frames are designed with a combination of proven materials using galvannealed carbon steel and stainless steel components to create an effective barrier against corrosion.

 

The EnduroGuard rear frame is standard on all Champion models and is available with swing or roll-up rear doors. Non-deteriorating swing-type rear doors are standard and feature painted galvanized skin sheets inside and out and an impact resistant polymer core. Providing higher levels of strength, corrosion resistance and appearance, EnduroGuard delivers more.