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open and the basic door holdback is simply not designed to keep the door intact
while the trailer is in motion. There
are several types of door holdbacks
and while none of them are actually
designed for the purpose of holding the
doors in place while the trailer is being
driven around, there are some that will
substantially reduce the incidence of
door damage as a result of holding the
door tighter and with more tension.
With the need to provide maximum
carrying capacity for shippers, trailer
floor systems have taken a quantum
leap in meeting the rigors of increased
payload weight with the advent of the
composite floor. The name is a bit of
a misnomer as these floors are in fact
hardwood; however, they have a thin
layer of laminate on the bottom which
causes the weight bearing capacity to
increase considerably, with an ancillary
benefit of keeping the external part
of the trailer floor from the damaging
effects of weather and ice-melting
chemicals on roads.
Composite panel trailers, or "plate"
trailers as they are often called, have
become the trailer type of choice for the
largest fleets in America. This type of
trailer construction provides an operator with a larger interior width than
a standard sheet and post trailer, and
presents the folks that are loading the
trailer with a completely smooth sidewall surface. This results in reduced
product and trailer damage from snagging. Externally, these trailers are more
damage resistant too, as the composite
panels are not as rigid as the sheet and
post design and will yield to impacts, as
well as being generally stouter than thin
aluminum sheeting.
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) used
for trailer lighting versus incandescent
bulbs are a huge advancement with
respect to trailer downtime and maintenance. The low-profile nature of these

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offerings saves clients millions of dollars
through cost avoidance and efficiencies.

components is, in some cases, completely recessed into the trailer, making it
virtually impossible to knock them off.
Further, these lights are sealed units
which are essentially "plug and play"
and carry a lifetime warranty.
Captive beam systems afford shippers the opportunity to double-deck
their freight, provided that they do not
exceed the total allowable weight for
the payload and tractor/trailer combination. This is achieved by installing
tracking on the sidewalls that accepts
load bearing beams which can be used
as the support members to build a
second floor using plywood sheets.
The tracks can be configured based on
product weight to ensure maximum
carrying capacity is achieved.
Couple trailer improvements with a
properly aligned financing and lifecycle
strategy, along with ancillary services
such as 24/7 emergency road assistance, onsite maintenance services
and web- based data analytics, and an
average fleet can reasonably expect to
reduce their true cost of ownership by
up to 20 percent. Additional bene-

fits of operating properly built and
maintained trailers include reduced
downtime, improved customer and
driver satisfaction and the potential to
mitigate insurance cost increases due
to poor risk profiles.
Providing tailored equipment and
service offerings saves clients millions
of dollars through cost avoidance and
improved operating efficiencies. While
"out of the box" solutions can occasionally be the right answer for some, choosing a partner with considerable industry
knowledge and experience, who will
continuously seek out ways to add significant value will ensure your business
reaps the greatest benefits from proper
trailer specifications.
Michael Goor is president/CEO of CLC
(Contract Leasing Corp.). CLC is a family and
employee owned and operated semi-trailer
leasing, sales and fleet management company. For more than 26 years, CLC has been
earning business by being singularly focused
on developing the right solutions for clients'
respective needs and challenges. Contact
Michael Goor at CLC at (732) 463-7066.
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