New step frame trailer opens highway to the future

ANDOVER Trailers has supplied a heavy-duty step frame trailer to Todds Highway Maintenance to transport road planers to sites across the north of England.

The new four-axle, 73-tonne trailer joins two other Andover trailers operating in an eight-strong fleet and is a replacement for a 67-tonne variant that has been with the company for over a decade.

The step frame trailer is expected to be on the road six days a week and has been constructed with a four-member design, featuring slide-out side extensions. Andover said the 1m wide power toe ramps, with sliding width adjustment and knife edge toes, help with the loading and unloading of the company’s 40-tonne road planers.

The design also includes hydraulic steady legs at the rear, with steel under plating on the outer bays of the main deck, the beavertail and ramps, as well as six D-ring and eight screw-in lashing points. The BPW axles have rear-steer capability that can be operated either from the tractor unit or on the trailer itself.

Graeme Todd, director at Todds Highway Maintenance explained, “We keep coming back to Andover because they’re a British company which builds fantastic quality trailers. They worked with us from the outset to understand what we required as a business, and that’s exactly what they deliver, time and time again – we don’t consider anyone else.

“As soon as we get our hands on a new build from Andover we know we can put it to work straight away, without any worries at all, and for as long as we need. We needed a new trailer capable of carrying heavier loads, so replacing our 12-year-old Andover made sense.”