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Dry Van Trailers - Input / Opinions? Fruehauf, Stoughton, Great Dane ??

Posted By ShomotionDenver Tuesday, December 28, 2010 10:46 AM
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ShomotionDenver
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I'm in process of updating my dry van fleet and wanted to see what other thought regarding manufacturers.  I recently read that Gully Transportation had sent some older Fruehaufs to Road Systems to have them refurbished, hopefully he can add is input to this thread.  Why Fruehaufs, what set them apart from the modern trailers?

I just received a batch of Stoughton's I ordered back in September which I'm very pleased with.  I spec'd the Stoughton's with double slotted log posts on 16-inch centers with plastic scuff, stainless noses, stainless rear door frames and composite rear doors (no wood).  We secure a lot of cargo to the logistics posts, so plate trailers are not an option; the walls are too flexible to really crank down on e-track ratchets straps.

Looking for input on other manufacturers. Great Dane has always built a great trailer but they can't compete when it comes to price unless you're willing to go with a "green dog" (aka Pines).  I just gave the reinvented Dorsey an order for a couple dry vans with almost identical spec's as the Stoughton's.  Was Dorsey known for a good trailer back in the day?  I considered Strick but their quality seems to be lacking and their price was almost identical to Stoughton.
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Michael, You have a nice fleet of very classy equipment.

Shomotion

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Eddy Lucast
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If I wanted a stout trailer so I could strap who knows what down inside I'd buy a Kentucky trailer.


Need to load a car up next to the ceiling on ramps supported with the e-track? The Kentucky will do it.




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Don Hancock
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Little bedbugger in ya Eddy?

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Thanks for the compliment Bill, I try to maintain a tight fleet. 

Eddy - I run quite a few Kentucky dry vans and drop decks, they make a stout trailer.  They tend to be a bit more expensive compared to the traditional fleet manufacturers and have a spotty dealer network.  Stoughton uses a very similar nose design to Kentucky.
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dhancock342 (12/28/2010)
Little bedbugger in ya Eddy?


Yes,  I served 10 years as a bedbugger and its got to be the hardest work I've done driving a truck. Not just the grand piano that went on a balcony of a third floor apartment or dealing with riggers lowering furniture from apartments on Park Ave in NYC, but all the things that go with it. The trade show circuits, auto show circuit, commercials, loads of electronics with 60 stops starting in NYC and emptying out in Miami, FL. When deregulation hit it was a way to still earn money with a truck. But by the mid 80's they'd discounted line haul rates to the point you had to pay the Van line to move someone.

Gee, did I ever tell you about the time I pulled a steam radiator out of the wall lowering a mainframe computer into the basement of a building on an air force base? LOL Talk about a surprise.

Or try hauling two full size Cadillacs and a caddy limo in a 45 foot triple drop trailer.




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ShomotionDenver (12/28/2010)
Thanks for the compliment Bill, I try to maintain a tight fleet. 

Eddy - I run quite a few Kentucky dry vans and drop decks, they make a stout trailer.  They tend to be a bit more expensive compared to the traditional fleet manufacturers and have a spotty dealer network.  Stoughton uses a very similar nose design to Kentucky.


I would expect the Kentucky trailer to be more expensive but I'd alo expect it to last longer. But whether or not it makes sense on paper? Guess you'd have to answer that one. Everybodies situation is different.




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Dad was with Allied from 66 till about 79 I grew up in  a moving van so to speak. i think thats why I went to freight and flat bed work when I drove! lol

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 Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 7:46 AM
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Denver, I used to have a deal hauling bulk spuds for some chippers. I bbought a used stoughton and a new golden series dorsey. They both performed well and that is hard on trailers with bob-cats unloading and all. That is my 2 cents worth. Wayne
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Hey Eddy,

"steam radiator out of the wall"

Did it damage the radiator??  lol   Share the story with us.

Dean


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 11:55 AM by dashby

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