Kögel develops truck trailer based on professional driver opinion poll
The Kögel Trucker Trailer (KTT) will be presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 expo
Germany-based commercial vehicle trailer manufacturer Kögel will be presenting a new truck trailer at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 expo. The Kögel Trucker Trailer (KTT) is the outcome of an opinion poll that Kögel conducted with professional drivers at the Truck Grand Prix, the Wolfsmeile festival and at motorway services, asking the question: what makes the perfect trailer for truckers? The Kögel Development department checked the feasibility of all respondents' suggestions and incorporated them in the KTT. Drivers' suggestions included more payload, user-friendliness, and last but not least, an appealing look.
The starting point for the KTT was the payload and weight-optimised frame and body of the Novum generation Kögel Lightplus. At the request of the pros who responded to the survey, the KTT has an internal height of 2,710 mm, due to a 90-mm-high frame neck. To maximize payload, the trailer has lightweight equipment such as aluminium wheel rims, landing gear, air tanks and roof support frames, and portal doors made of extremely light yet strong duroplastic sandwich panels, with a honeycomb core known for its use in the aerospace industry.
The KTT also comes with the familiar benefits of the Novum generation. These include the new air and lighting console on the front wall, which transfers the forces into the frame via the side members, the new outer frame profile, which greatly increases the accessibility of the VarioFix lashing points, and the variable lattice pockets of the sliding and corner posts. Axles were another topic close to professional drivers' hearts: they wanted the trailer to run smoothly behind the truck. So, Kögel fitted the KTT with axle units for easier maintenance, better tracking and reliability. The KTA's double suspension, made from a soft rubber bearing and a spring steel wishbone, enhances the driving characteristics of the trailer and reduces tyre wear. The company also integrated an axle lift in the first and third axles, which complements the dynamic wheelbase control.
Respondents also shared their feedback about loading and unloading, as well as load-securing. So, Kögel fitted direct tensioners without a belt to make the tarpaulin easy to open and close. In addition, the floor load-bearing capacity is designed to withstand high fork-lift axle loads of up to 7,200 kg. To minimize lashing work, the KTT comes with a non-slip floor. In this optional feature, the plywood floorboards are provided with an anti-slip coating, which makes load-securing easier and safer. This saves drivers, shipping agents and freight forwarders time, as it eliminates the time-consuming process of covering the trailer floor with anti-slip mats.
As an add-on, the KTT is equipped in accordance with Daimler Directive 9.5. This includes a pallet stop and a double front wall bulkhead, among other things. Also, to dispense with the lattices required for Daimler Directive 9.5 when transporting pallet cages and strapped loads, the KTT has the Kögel Strong & Go body. This combines the body of the NOVUM generation with a Kögel integral roof tarpaulin reinforced with stiffening belts. For certified beverage transport, only one row of lattices is required for single-level and double-level beverage crates on standard pallets with the Strong & Go body, instead of three or four rows with the normal body.
The KTT is also equipped with an ice-free system. This long inflatable air hose is mounted underneath the roof tarpaulin. When inflated, the hose pushes the tarpaulin upward in the shape of a slightly pointed roof, and accumulated water, snow and ice are removed. This allows drivers to safely remove water and ice from truck tarpaulin roofs before and after driving, preventing serious accidents caused by falling chunks of ice. To improve road safety and prevent turning accidents, this lightweight trailer is equipped with flashing side marker lights. Other individual equipment include the Kögel Luxima LED exterior lights, a pair of Luxima LED reversing lights at the rear and another pair on top of the landing gear, Luxima LED working floodlights on the internal front wall for interior lighting, rubber ram bumpers, a transverse Delta rubber profile, a pallet stowage box, two large toolboxes, and wheel nut protection caps.