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Exhibition Trailer
Turntable Steer
......for increased safety and stability
When designing and manufacturing exhibition trailers up to 5.5 metre body lengths it is our normal practice to construct these using a tandem axle chassis (two axles / four wheels), with the axles very often slightly “off centre” to maximise stability on the road and to achieve correct axle and coupling loadings.  However this format generally changes when we start to look at the larger 6 metre and 7 metre trailers. These two larger sizes are the “work horses” of the exhibition trailer business and certainly the two most popular sizes, by far, amongst our clients. Furthermore, they are often required to operate at, or close, to the maximum permitted gross weight of 3500 kgs, as they are generally fitted with features such as hinged up canopies, hinge down platforms (gull-wing extensions), slide out extension pods and a wide range of interiors, so engineering them to tow and operate safely is of paramount importance.

Such trailers are still fitted with an auto reverse over run braking system, similar to the smaller trailers, and we generally prefer to use BPW equipment for most of our builds.

This trailer format continues to be towable by any vehicle with the appropriate towing capability of 3500 kgs such as most serious 4x4 models.  Where a lot of ancillary equipment is to be carried we do recommend the use of an appropriate van as the tow vehicle and we tend to use the appropriate model of Iveco Daily van.  This further improves stability and towing comfort and enables you to store items such as steps, handrails and skirts in the tow vehicle.  This practice very definitely helps protect and maintain the integrity of the trailer interior by reducing significantly the risks of damage when setting up and taking down or when in transit.

If you want your trailer to operate to the maximum weight limits, be flexible in use when it comes to weight distribution then we recommend a turntable steer configuration.

Photo: A 6 metre exhibition trailer featuring a single gull wing extension and hinged display boards