Utility Trailer Manufacturing, the industry-leading manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leader in dry vans, curtain-side flats and other trailers, is now offering its Adjustable Load Securement System as an option on Utility flatbeds. It’s a new tie-down system for the company’s 4000A Tautliner curtain-sided trailers and the Conestoga 2.
“Our goal was to offer a winch system that would provide our customers with the freedom of winching loads from the deck as opposed to the traditional wrap-around side rail system that may interfere with tire clearance,” said Ed Chambless, products manager in the curtain-side/Conestoga flat division. The system allows for “a better alternative for our flatbed customers using side kits” that will “eliminate the need to go over and through the side kit” during securement. The ALSS features mechanically fastened side rails, which include integral tie-down and winch tracks. The 5,500-lb. working-load-limit winch J-Hook tie-downs allow for max securement versatility when used with traditional tie-downs. It’s appropriate for all types of hauls except coil operations, which the company plans to make available later this year.
Also, the company is making standard equipment its “high impact” bi-directional fiberglass-reinforced, polypropylene plastic lining on all its reefer trailers. The high-impact lining is already standard on Utility ceilings and front and rear doors. With the inclusion of sidewalls, the entire interior and lower sub-pan below the floor, “we have recognized the imperative nature of using a material that not only is moisture resistant but also promotes the longevity of the trailer,” said Craig Bennett, senior vice president for sales and marketing.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.