Tiger Trailers delivers bespoke trailer to Dextra

Trailer and commercial vehicle body manufacturer Tiger Trailers has delivered a 9.6m tandem axle curtainsided double deck step frame trailer featuring several bespoke options for lighting manufacturer Dextra Group plc.

Dextra specified and chose a hot-dipped and galvanised chassis, bearers and end frames, all covered by an eight-year anti-corrosion warranty. An aerodynamic front panel was included in the design, with metallic paint and internal strap storage also added as bespoke choices for the ‘blimp’, and Dextra’s livery was applied to the curtains and various other components. At the rear of the trailer, recessed lights were stipulated to reduce the risk of damage, and Tiger’s designers accommodated a Manitou fork-lift truck mounting kit.

SAF components played a key role in Dextra’s trailer requirements, Tiger fitting disc brake axles to work alongside the Haldex EBS braking system, while the customer also specifically requested the fitment of Michelin’s XTA2+ tyres for energy efficiency gains. The other noteworthy SAF inclusion was the firm’s Tire Pilot active TPMS, which displays an indicator LED on the cab’s offside front pillar when low pressure is detected, upholding safety and reducing tyre wear costs.

Tim Pickford, Dextra Group’s operations director, said: “Tiger’s technical team listened to the quality and H&S issues we had been experiencing with our current trailers and re-engineered problems into solutions in our new design.

“One thing that really impressed me with the Tiger team was that they reacted to comments and criticism from our drivers and in part some of the new design features added were to make the trailers safer and easier to use whilst on the road. We’re very happy to be working with such a customer-focused manufacturer, our Tiger trailers are superb and we’re looking forward to maintaining the innovative collaboration going forward.”

Tiger Trailers’ commercial manager, Jack Cartwright, added: “At Tiger we pride ourselves on providing our customers with a detailed consultancy service, and our designers and engineers enjoyed the challenge of working closely alongside the Dextra team to deliver on their customised trailer.”

This is the second Tiger Trailers trailer to join the 22-strong Dextra Group fleet.

Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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