Curtainsider semi-trailers: Fundamentals


Curtainsider semi-trailer

The combination of a tractor unit with a curtainsider semi-trailer dominates among other types of commercial vehicles in transport logistics. This tendency is predetermined by simple cargo handling and weather resistance of the fright. Other advantages include beneficial parameters of payload capacity (up to 24 t) and volume capacity (up to 82 m²).

The structure of curtainsider semi-trailers consists of a chassis (with the choice in the number of axles), a platform and a framework, covered with reinforced waterproof fabric and fastened by locks. It’s the fabric that makes this type of semi-trailers so popular. It is characterized by a reasonable price, light weight and operating convenience.

Equipment

Some models are equipped with:

  • the front rigid wall;
  • the system that moves the curtains at the sides;
  • the back wall (often with doors);
  • a collapsible roof (with the possibility of loading by means of a crane).

This type of semi-trailers is also known for its flexibility. When the curtains are removed, the vehicle can be used as a usual dropside semi-trailer.

The things to consider

While picking a curtainsider semi-trailer it’s necessary to match the characteristics of the intended cargo with the technical features of the equipment. And while choosing a seller, special attention should be paid to dealers’ experience and reputation.

Prominent brands in the European market:

  1. SCHMITZ
  2. KRONE
  3. KÖGEL
  4. SAMRO
  5. VAN HOOL
  6. FRUEHAUF
  7. SCHWARZMÜLLER
  8. PACTON
  9. LECI TRAILER
  10. GENERAL TRAILER

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