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Great Dane's New Platform Trailers

March 21, 2012 Brandie Fuller
Vice President, Marketing

Powerful but light weight flatbeds maximize payload capacity and peace of mind
LOUISVILLE, KY – On display now at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., are two examples of Great Dane's new and improved Freedom flatbed, the workhorse of the trucking industry. Tradeshow attendees visiting the trailer manufacturer in Booth #34075 will have the first opportunity to learn about the new standards and specifications for the entirely redesigned product line, including the Freedom.
All models in Great Dane's new Freedom flatbed series deliver strength and durability at a competitive weight and price. Offered in steel, combination steel and aluminum, and all aluminum models, the Freedom is designed to meet the needs of all types of platform operations. Because so much attention is paid to using the lightest weight and longest lasting components in the manufacturing process, Freedom platform trailers have earned a reputation across North America for boosting payload capacities and having significant resale values.
The Freedom SE is a heavy-duty all-steel trailer with available straight, drop or extendable body styles. This dynamo is also a corrosion-buster with structural steel side rails and other steel components that are shot blasted and then protected with a high quality two-part paint process composed of an epoxy primer and black urethane topcoat. The Freedom LT combo steel and aluminum trailer is exceptionally lightweight but built for performance with unique features that offer weight savings and reduced maintenance costs. The versatile, ultra-lightweight Freedom XP is rated to handle up to 120,000 pounds of uniformly distributed loads but designed to be 1,000 pounds lighter than its combination counterpart.

Standard lighting on all Freedom platform models includes LED lamps for improved
visibility and longer service life and the Great Dane Long Life Light System, a maintenancefree,
fully modular and sealed system covered by a ten-year warranty.
Twin versions of the Freedom XP model, Great Dane's newest platform trailer, are now
on display in the company's Mid-America Trucking Show booth. The XP is an all-aluminum
trailer that weighs in at just 8,200 lbs when equipped with aluminum wheels, making it nearly
1,000 lbs lighter than a comparable combination steel/aluminum trailer. Rated to handle
60,000 lbs loads concentrated in four feet and up to 120,000 lbs of uniform distributed loads,
the Freedom XP maximizes payload versatility. This model is available in 48- and 53-ft.
lengths and is equipped with a full-length built-in sliding winch track.
Due to the popularity of the entire Freedom platform line, Great Dane has established
its Dallas, Tx. company-owned branch location to serve as a distribution hub for flatbeds
beginning April 1, 2012. This branch, located at 4115 Port Blvd. will serve as the go-to site for
Freedom sales, factory and aftermarket parts and accessories.
MATS attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the Great Dane's all-new
innovative product line, including the Freedom flatbed series, by consulting with engineering,
sales and executive staff who will be available during tradeshow hours March 22 - 24.
Great Dane, a manufacturer of dry van, refrigerated and platform trailers, has long been
regarded as the industry leader in technology, innovation and quality. The company is
headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and has additional corporate offices in Savannah, Ga., with
manufacturing plants and a parts distribution center strategically-located throughout the
United States. Great Dane's network of company-owned branches and full-line independent
dealers and parts-only independent dealers offer distribution points for both trailers and
aftermarket parts across North and South America. Great Dane can be accessed online at
The company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, acquired
in 2010, is the innovator and manufacturer of custom fiberglass, specialized refrigerated truck
bodies and trailers that range from eight to 36-ft. in length. With headquarters in Rice Lake,

Wis., markets include dairy, meat, frozen food, keg beer, live poultry, vending products, flowers and plants, and ice. Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies can be accessed online at www.johnsontruckbodies.com.