5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Trailer Floor:
1. What type(s) of freight do you transport?
If your fleet transports heavy freight, such as paper rolls, automotive parts and metal coils, you should consider Fusion Floor. It will provide the highest strength and durability over the life of a trailer placed in these types service – and is lighter than laminated oak.
2. How heavy are the forklift trucks typically loading the trailer?
Heavy freight requires a larger lift truck to load it into the trailer. The flooring system should be designed to match the demands of the job. When a lift truck picks up a pallet or a paper roll, about 90% of the total load (freight & lift truck weight combined) acts on the front axle of the lift truck. This load is transferred to the floor by the front wheels of the lift truck. The floor system needs an adequate load rating to sustain the applied load. Typical load ratings of DFV floor systems range from 16,000 lbs to 24,000 lbs, but even higher load ratings can be obtained with Fusion Floor.
3 What is the frequency of the loading /unloading cycles for the trailers?
The frequency of loading and unloading of a trailer will affect how quickly a floor’s residual strength will decline over the life of the trailer. A beverage haul may have more frequent loadings and unloading cycles due to short hauls even though the load may not be too heavy. This will impact the durability and residual strength of the floor over a shorter period of time. Beverage hauls frequently use Fusion Floors in order to maximize the floor strength and durability while still providing a lighter weight alternative to a conventional hardwood laminated floor.
4 What is the fleet’s trade cycle for trailers?
The longer a fleet intends on keeping a trailer, the better the floor design and materials should be to minimize floor maintenance and repair costs over the lifetime of the trailer. Typical lifetime of trailer can be seven to twenty years depending on the fleet.
5 Does the fleet currently have issues with higher maintenance frequency and costs with floor repairs due to cracked, leaky and rotting floors? Are shippers refusing to load their trailers because of floor problems or trailer age issues?
If your fleet is doing costly repairs to floors, it can be a very good indicator that a trailer floor design was not matched to the demands of the application and life expectations. Spec the floor for the lift-truck load, frequency of loading/ unloading cycles and number of years the fleet plans to keep their trailers.