Savannah, GA,
07
June
2012
|
06:41 PM
America/New_York

Kelworth Trucking Co.

Summary


"We had an opportunity to put two of the first Great Dane MXP-120 all-aluminum platform trailers in service in our fleet," says Scotty Jones, president of Kelworth Trucking Co., Inc. "The performance of those pre-production units convinced us to start switching our trailer fleet over to Great Danes. So far, we've added 60 of the all-aluminum flatbeds to our operation."

"We had an opportunity to put two of the first Great Dane MXP-120 all-aluminum platform trailers in service in our fleet," says Scotty Jones, president of Kelworth Trucking Co., Inc. "The performance of those pre-production units convinced us to start switching our trailer fleet over to Great Danes. So far, we've added 60 of the all-aluminum flatbeds to our operation."

An over-the-road flatbed carrier, Kelworth Trucking Co. handles hauls for customers throughout the continental U.S. Headquartered in Poteau, Oklahoma, the company fields 130 platform trailers, primarily hauling wire and steel, along with some building materials.

"We started moving toward an all aluminum flatbed fleet four years ago," Jones relates. "The added payload capacity of these lighter weight units benefits our customers. In addition, we handle a large number of loads from remote locations, where scales are not always available. The extra carrying capacity gives us peace of mind that we're not overloaded or operating illegally."

The 48-ft by 102-inch Great Dane MXP-120 all-aluminum platform trailers in the Kelworth fleet, Jones notes, can provide for about 1,500 extra lbs of carrying capacity compared to a combination steel-aluminum model. In part, that weight savings comes from equipping the units with aluminum wheels.

Launched by Great Dane after years of development and extensive field and lab testing, the MXP-120 flatbed features two-piece bolted aluminum main beams, extruded aluminum side rails, and an aluminum floor, rear assembly and crossmembers. Built at the OEM's manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Tennessee, the trailer's design also eliminates the potential for corrosion by combining technologies and proven components from other Great Dane platform models.

In addition to standard MXP-120 specifications, Kelworth adds a toolbox and pull up chain ties to its new Great Dane flatbeds. Specified by the carrier as well is TIREMAAX PRO from Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems. The automatic tire inflation system continuously monitors and adjusts tire pressure by inflating or deflating tires based on changing environmental conditions, as well as balancing tire pressures at every wheel position, leading to improved fuel efficiency and longer tire life.

To enhance safety, Kelworth also specs Meritor WABCO's Roll Stability Support (RSS) system for trailers. The technology, an integrated feature of Meritor WABCO ABS, focuses on lateral acceleration and wheel speed, monitoring acceleration and automatically applying trailer brakes to reduce the vehicle's speed. The long-term value of Great Dane trailers was also part of Kelworth's decision to buy the MXP-120 all-aluminum platform models. "These are premium trailers designed and built with Great Dane's approach to quality and durability," Jones states. "We have a normal trade cycle of six to seven years for trailers and we fully expect the MXP-120s to have a significant residual value when we're ready to replace them."

Jones says Kelworth will be closely monitoring residual values, especially after five years of service with the MXP-120 flatbeds. In the meantime, he is already receiving very favorable driver and mechanic feedback about the performance of the trailers on the road and about their ease of maintenance in the shop.

Family owned and operated for over 25 years, Kelworth Trucking attributes its continued success to reputation among its customers for providing high quality service. "In the same way," Jones says, "Great Dane's history and reputation for high quality products, and our relationship with the company, gives us a high degree of comfort that the MXP-120 is the right trailer for our future."

Maximizing Tread Life
Designed to integrate with trailer axles and suspensions, TIREMAAX PRO from Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems was developed to address fleet concerns about over inflation and balancing with automatic tire inflation systems. The solution continuously monitors and adjusts tire pressure by inflating or deflating tires based on changing environmental conditions, as well as balancing tire pressures at every wheel position.

TIREMAAX PRO can be specified with a variety of approved wheel-end configurations in conjunction with any Hendrickson INTRAAX suspension system, VANTRAAX slider suspension system, or trailer axle on Great Dane Trailers. The system draws from the trailer air supply and a pneumatic controller directs air to tires through a rotary air connection integrated into the hubcap. TIREMAAX PRO does not use electronics, transducers or pressure switches and does not require special tools to adjust tire pressure settings.