Keep­ing it cold, dry, eco­nomic

Wabash trail­ers de­liver


WABASH’S fridge and dry trail­ers de­liver dura­bil­ity and op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency

In 2013, a lead­ing east coast trans­port and lo­gis­tics com­pany, ten­der­ing on a gro­cery DC con­tract, was seek­ing a fleet of new re­frig­er­ated and dry van trail­ers that would op­ti­mise op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies with­out com­pro­mis­ing qual­ity.

The re­quire­ments were com­plex: the trail­ers needed to have ex­cel­lent ther­mal qual­i­ties while be­ing lightweight and fuel eco­nomic.

The spec­i­fi­ca­tions also de­manded dura­bil­ity, aero­dy­namic un­der­run pro­tec­tion and the abil­ity to of­fer flex­i­bil­ity with wheel and height pack­ages, while util­is­ing lo­cally avail­able and sup­ported com­po­nen­try.

Wabash, a US-based com­pany with a rep­u­ta­tion for in­no­va­tion and per­for­mance in the en­gi­neer­ing of both re­frig­er­ated and dry trail­ers, stood out. Ther­mally ef­fi­cient, lightweight and ex­tremely ro­bust, the Wabash trail­ers had been proven to re­duce op­er­at­ing costs and keep clients on the road longer.

In 2014, fol­low­ing the award of the five year gro­cery con­tract to the east coast car­rier, a to­tal of 11 Wabash fridge vans and 10 dry vans were pur­chased.

The Wabash fleet was placed into ser­vice along­side the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing trail­ers to eval­u­ate the op­er­a­tional and cost ef­fi­cien­cies. All trail­ers were built to 3.9m height for low su­per­mar­ket load­ing docks, could load 26 pal­lets un­der PBS and had aero­dy­namic un­der­run pro­tec­tion.

The Wabash trail­ers are said to be one tonne lighter than their Aus­tralian coun­ter­parts, and proved to be up to 30% more ef­fi­cient in fridge mo­tor fuel con­sump­tion. The lower TARE weight also con­trib­uted an es­ti­mated 2% to 3% sav­ings in prime mover fuel con­sump­tion.

“The trail­ers are cus­tomis­able and en­gi­neered for Aus­traalian con­di­tions - they’re built to last,” Damion Ver­hoogt, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor said.


WABASH NA­TIONAL: Bruce Rock are the only Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tors of War­bash trail­ers.

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