The steel chassis and rear frame on the new Maxi-CUBE Meat Hanger helped Geelong meat transporter, Leopold Transport select the trailer for their fleet.
Leopold Transport sought a trailer that was resilient enough to survive a long working life. They eventually decided on the newly updated Maxi-CUBE due to the brand’s reputation of durability, resulting from the emphasis on steel in the trailer design.
A small family owned company, which has traditionally transported meat from Geelong abattoirs and distributed it to Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Leopold Transport was started by Geoff and Marion Murgatroyd in 1976, and is currently run by son Glenn. The company operates seven prime movers, seven refrigerated trailers, two rigid body trucks and one tipper trailer.
When looking to further expand his fleet, Glenn was intent on purchasing the sturdiest solution. He explained that his existing fleet of trailers was from a variety of different brands, the majority of which had timber floors and fibreglass around the rear frame, causing maintenance issues over the years, with the floors needing replacing and the rear frame getting battered by repeated impact with loading docks.
One trailer, however, had withstood the test of time more than any other. A Maxi-CUBE trailer in the fleet, a 1986 model was different from the others with an aluminium floor, steel cross members and steel rear frame. Since the trailer was a low maintenance unit, Glen decided to contact his local Maxi-CUBE Dealer to see whether the current model offered the same benefits.
Heath Menhennet, Area Sales Manager for local Maxi-CUBE Dealer, MaxiTRANS Victoria said that not only did Maxi-CUBE continue to provide the same benefits, but a number of improvements had been incorporated into the modern design. The air operated meat rails in the new Meat Hanger model can be raised to the roof with the push of a button when not in use, eliminating the work health and safety risks involved with manually lifting heavy steel rails. This feature also allows the transporter to carry double stacked general freight on their return leg from Melbourne.
The final design was a 45’ Meat Hanger, featuring longitudinal air operated meat rails, Meritor CS9 suspension and drum brakes in addition to the sturdy steel rear frame and aluminium floor, with an option for a full steel chassis, further reinforcing the trailer for longevity.
Despite all the product features, Glenn claims that it was Maxi-CUBE’s ability to listen to his requirements and adapt the design accordingly, which was the major reason behind his decision. He sat with Maxi-CUBE engineers who designed the trailer on their 3D CAD programs so that he could see exactly how it would work before it had even been built.
The design also factored in feedback from various customers, taking into account their different infrastructure to ensure Leopold Transport trailers suited each of their systems for ease of loading.
With the new Maxi-CUBE Meat Hanger operating well, Glenn recently placed an order for another trailer, due to be delivered shortly complete with customisations to the design.
Freighter , a MaxiTRANS brand, offers a wide range of trailers including Flat Top, Skeletal, T-Liner, Rigid, Insuliner, Safe T-Liner and Outback Series.