Industry News

Powering Liftgates

Liftgates used a few times a day on over-the-road hauls often run off the truck’s battery and experience few power problems. But delivery routes with multiple stops may not provide enough battery charge time, causing trucks not to start and liftgates not to work. Advances in batteries and charging systems, as well as the use of solar panels, are helping to change that. “Typically, the charging system on a tractor-trailer is the alternator,” said Bruce Purkey, founder and former chief creative...

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Rig of the Month: Flying A 40-foot Renegade Lift Gate Trailer

With the company acquired approximately a year ago, the very popular line of Renegade trailers are discontinued following this unit. This month’s featured trailer includes some unique news related to the history of Renegade trailer and their dedicated following. Flying A Motorsports has in stock one of the final Renegade trailers that will be produced by the manufacturer. This new 40-foot lift gate trailer features all of the workmanship racers appreciate, but will not be available again at this price...

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5 practices to improve your truck’s liftgate performance

Liftgates are an important tool in protecting workers from injuries and ensuring cargo goes undamaged. They can, however, quickly drain the auxiliary batteries used to operate them. For the batteries to last the entire day, drivers are forced to leave their trucks idling during loading and unloading in order to keep the alternator spinning and charging. In addition to costing fleets big on wasted fuel, idling contributes to air pollution and violates government codes in several municipalities. However, if drivers do...

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Southern shows off brand new equipment trailer

The Southern Jaguars football team unveiled a brand-new equipment trailer with a brand-new design that will accompany the Jags on road games during the upcoming 2022 season and moving forward. Coca-Cola has been a long-time valuable partner to Southern Athletics,” said Roman Banks, Director of Athletics. “I want to thank longtime Coach and Equipment Manager Derek Price for all his efforts in getting this project completed as he has identified this need for a long time. Special thank you to...

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Optimizing trailer life and service with doors, lift gates and floors

By nature of their application, trailers tend to spend more time away from the home base than in residence. For that reason, it becomes very important to mitigate the wear-and-tear damage related to cargo shifting, loading and unloading, all of which can have a direct impact on doors, lift gates and floors. You can do this by knowing what kind of flooring to spec. Flooring optionsChris Lee, vice president of engineering at Great Dane Trailer, says that “at Great Dane,...

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What is a lift gate service and why is it important to know if you need it?

One commonly overlooked service to add to shipping your freight is a truck with a lift gate service. What is a lift gate? A lift gate is a fold away metal platform that mounts to the back of a dry van trailer or a freight truck, when the lift gate is extended out from under the truck it acts as a platform to lift freight from the ground level up to the height of the bed of the trailer....

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4 LIFTGATE OPTIONS FOR YOUR BOX TRUCK

A liftgate is a platform on the back of a box truck used for raising and lowering goods via a hydraulic system. They’re either constructed from steel or aluminum with a variety of sizes and weight capacities. They allow for safe and efficient loading and unloading of heavy cargo. A crucial factor in a truck’s functionality, a liftgate is one of the most essential additional investments you could make for your truck. They increase productivity and reduce the manpower needed...

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Hand offload vs. Liftgate Deliveries

The driver will take your skid to the back of the truck, cut the straps and hand the pieces down to you. Most individual pieces weigh no more than 30-50 lbs. There is a time limit of 15-20 free minutes so it is best to have someone there to assist you. The driver will take your skid to the back of the truck, place it on the liftgate, lower it to the ground and place it next to the truck.Use...

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TUCK AWAY LIFT GATE VS THE RAIL LIFT GATE

So you’ve finally decided to get into the box truck delivery business and now it’s time to research the equipment needed to get the job accomplished. One very important decision is figuring out which type of lift gate will work best for your needs. With medium duty box trucks, the tuck away lift gate and the rail lift gate are most common. Let’s assess which lift is the correct tool for your application. What is a lift gate exactly? A...

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3 CONSIDERATIONS WHEN FITTING A TRUCK FOR A LIFTGATE

Liftgates use electric hydraulic systems to raise and lower cargo from your truck bed to the ground. This makes loading heavy cargo many times easier — and safer. As a result, equipping the trucks in your fleet with liftgates will provide an incredible boost to the efficiency of loading and unloading freight. Yet those who fail to do their research regarding liftgates often end up experiencing a wide range of problems. At worst, your liftgate may end up providing no...

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