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It is common knowledge that for many years now, trailer and vehicle operators have wanted trailers with a cargo bed that sits lower to the ground. Whilst this technology has already been successfully implemented, being used most commonly in ambulances and high-value low loader, the problem has been that unless the application of the vehicle/trailer determines that the feature overrides the cost implications or at the very least is a small percentage of the overall costs, then manufacturers have resorted to using ramps instead.

Whilst ramps provide a cheaper solution, they have several negative impacts upon an overall design – the cost, safety testing, weight penalties (ramps can contribute up to 20% of the total mass), requirement to accommodate and store them safely when in transit and the fact that they are often difficult to use. Employing them also means that vehicles are equipped with smaller radius wheels in attempts to bring the bed as close to the ground as possible (itself an issue as they tend to overheat at high prolonged speeds).

In virtually all previous designs the solution has been to equip the vehicle/trailer with hydraulic motive power, which is not only expensive from a capital costs point of view but the fitting and maintenance has proven to be even greater in terms of cost.

This has been a serious limitation in the industry, one which has made a viable solution impossible – until now.

The kneeling axle system now offered in our Motorbronx range has successfully overcome all issues listed above and a cost effective kneel down facility can now be built into a vehicle using a purely mechanical system. In essence the kneeling axle system is not only cost effective but it gives ultimate flexibility, high reliability and simplicity in its design meaning that the average DIY enthusiast or mechanic can readily service the system without the need for specialist skills or tools meaning that it is increasingly becoming the chosen solution for many who require a kneeling facility for their vehicles. This means that ramps are a thing of the past, wheel sizes can be chosen as appropriate to the speeds of the vehicle and modest loading angles allow the most long slung loads to be safely and easily loaded.

19 May 2014
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