Minnesota-based Anderson Trucking Service’s state-of-the-art TK360 trailer, built by Trail King, is designed for loads ranging from 200,000 lbs. up to 360,000 lbs. When fully expanded to more than 210 feet in length, it will span two lanes of a roadway and allow the specialized-hauling fleet to meet bridge and engineering standards for a greatly increased permitted vehicle capacity.
The TK360 trailer has multiple deck lengths and axles designed to expand from 14 feet wide out to 20 feet wide. The trailer was ordered in February 2015 after many months of fact-finding and engineering. Brent Anderson, COO at ATS, noted the unit “will take the ATS Heavy Haul capacity to the next level. Hauling loads up to 360,000 pounds means that we will be permitting this equipment for up to 700,000 pounds.”
The trailer “will be equipped with a perimeter deck,” he added, “designed to greatly reduce loaded height. The deck will extend up to 72 feet long and be capable of widths between 14’6″ to 20’6″ wide.” All dual lane loads will require up front planning and engineering that is not typical to normal oversize/overweight transport. Loads the trailer will haul are expected to require travel with a team of at least 6 people, including a supervisor, escorts and two drivers — one pulling truck in front and one for the push truck behind.
ATS CEO Rollie Anderson noted introduction of this “new flagship” of the fleet coincided with the company’s 60-year anniversary.