A skeletal trailer provides the underpinnings for a truck body which can then be adapted to whatever purpose the owner requires, with both fixed and extendable models available used in the UK. Skeletal trailers are usually intended to bear the weight of shipping containers, allowing them to be quickly loaded straight off the ship and then transported to their final destination. However, you can also find skeletal trailers that have been altered to cope with the transport of other more specialised loads, such as steel coils, canisters and other items with irregular shapes. Working out which type of load a trailer can accommodate is the first step to selecting the best second-hand unit to buy.
Fixed skeletal trailers are a sensible choice for organisations that will be handling containers of roughly the same size, shape and weight on a regular basis. They are affordable and, if well maintained, can last for decades. Checking the structural integrity of the trailer frame, looking out for rust and keeping an eye on the other components when buying a second-hand example will be important. Tandem or tri-axle fixed trailers are common, while some models will have optional extras such as safety bumpers and side protection struts which may be desirable.
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Trailer MONTRACON LOCK AND GO SLIDING SKELETAL TRAILER - 2007 - C253
2007 | Skeletal Trailer | 39000kg
Montracon Tri Axle 20Ft/40Ft Sliding Skeletal Lock And Go Chassis. Sliding Chassis C/w 14 Container Twist Locks For 20Ft/40Ft And 45Ft Containers With Air Operated Safety Lock. Multi Position Slide Out Susie Connector Bar And Rear Underrun Bar. ROR Axles C/w 385/65 R22.5 Wheels And Tyres. Air Suspension C/w Raise And Lower Control. Drum Braking System. Haldex ABS System C/w ISO Susie Socket. Jost
Trailer DENNISON LOCK AND GO SLIDING SKELETAL TRAILER - 2012 - C337
2012 | Skeletal Trailer | 39000kg
Dennison Tri Axle 20Ft/40Ft Sliding Skeletal Lock And Go Chassis. Sliding Chassis C/w 14 Container Twist Locks For 20Ft/40Ft And 45Ft Containers With Air Operated Safety Lock. Multi Position Slide Out Susie Connector Bar And Rear Underrun Bar. Valx Axles C/w 385/65 R22.5 Wheels And Tyres. Air Suspension C/w Raise And Lower Control. Drum Braking System. Knorr Bremse ABS System C/w ISO Susie Socket.
Trailer 2005 M&G SLIDING SKELLY
2005 | Skeletal Trailer
2005 m&g sliding skelly ror drum brakes £1500
Trailer SDC Tri-Axle
2007 | Skeletal Trailer
Tri-Axle Skeletal Extendable Trailer 2007 *CHOICE 2* Tri-Axle Skeletal Extendable Trailer, Air Suspension, 20ft, 30ft, 40ft Container Positions
- CHOICE 2
- STOCK NO. Q230
Trailer SDC Tri-Axle
2003 | Skeletal Trailer
Tri-Axle Skeletal Extendable Trailer 2003 Air Suspension, BPW Axles, Extends for 20ft, 30ft, 40ft Containers
- STOCK NO. R056
2017 | Skeletal Trailer
New Kassbohrer goose neck Fixed Skeletal, To carry 40 foot and 45 foot Containers, BPW axles with drum brakes, 1st axles lift, container stopper at front, Tare weight 4,520 kg, 10 year anti-rust, perforation on chassis, Rear buffers, Bridgestone tyres, Choice of colours, Red or blue
2008 | Skeletal Trailer
2008 SLIDING SKELETAL TRAILER. Drum brakes. Air suspension. MOT. Choice available. £POA
2005 | Skeletal Trailer
These are 2005 Sliding Skeletal trailers with ROR Axles on Disc Brakes.Various MOT dates parked in the West Midlands.These are priced at £1200 +VAT.
Trailer M & G TRAILERS TANDEAXLE 20FT SKELETAL TRAILER - 198
1981 | Skeletal Trailer | 27000kg
M & G Tandem Axle Chassis. 20Ft Container Skeleton Chassis C/w 4 x Fixed Twist Locks. ROR Axles C/w Twin 10.00 R20 Wheels And Tyres. Steel Suspension. Drum Braking System. Dual Speed Landing Legs. Plated Weight : 27,000 Kgs. Design Weight : 27,000 Kgs. Overall Length : 7 Mtrs. Tested Until End : Expired. #604 1 #604 2 #604 3 #604 4 #604 5 #604 6 #604 7
Trailer DENNISON TRI-AXLE SLIDING SKELETAL TRAILER 2005 C186080
2005 | Skeletal Trailer | 39000kg
Dennison Tri-Axle Chassis Dennison Sliding Skeletal c/w 14 Twist Locks ROR Axles c/w 385/65/R22.5 Wheels and Tyres Full Disc Braking System Haldex EBS Braking System c/w ISO Susie Connector Socket Full Air Suspension c/w Adjustable Ride Height Valve Adjustable Slide Out Susie Connections Adjustable Slide Out Under Run Bar Jost Modal Dual Speed Landing Legs Plated Weight: 39,000Kgs Design Weight:
Extending skeletal trailers can be more expensive but offer increased versatility and the opportunity to accommodate different-sized loads without any space being wasted. Where slider mechanisms are present to allow for an increase in trailer length, look out for wear and tear that may have occurred during use. Some skeletal trailers will offer enhanced frames which feature hydraulic tipping mechanisms, which makes upending containers filled with loose material much easier. It is merely a matter of assessing whether or not this kind of technology will be a practical benefit or an unnecessary luxury for your particular business.
Skeletal trailers will feature either steel suspension or air suspension, with the former being a cheaper and less versatile alternative to the smooth performance and adjustability offered by the latter. Drum brakes are effective but basic for speed management on these models, so you may wish to seek out trailers with disc brakes included. Examining the state of the tyres on a used model, as well as things such as the suspension and braking assemblies, will be worthwhile if you want to ensure that no unexpected and expensive repairs are going to be necessary in the future.
Skeletal trailers are deliberately designed to be light and durable, with steel structures ensuring they can shoulder the burden of containers without showing the strain. Trailers of this kind can manage loads of up to 70 tonnes in many cases, although specifications will differ from model to model and you should establish the capabilities of used units early to avoid disappointment. Modern trailers may be safer, sturdier and easier to maintain, but lower upfront costs can be found with quality used skeletal trailers which have seen plenty of work over the years but are still in a good state of repair.
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