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Elddis Transport demos UK’s biggest curtainsider at Multimodal

Elddis Transport is showcasing “the biggest curtainsider trailer in the UK” at this week’s Multimodal show, ahead of its operational debut later this month.

The Lawrence David engineered high-cube trailer, which is based on an SDC chassis, is part of the Department for Transport’s longer semi-trailer trial.

The 15.65m, single deck long-trailer was collected from Lawrence David’s Peterborough facility last Friday by Elddis MD Nigel Cook.

Cook tells CM he was pleasantly surprised at how easy it to drive the self-steer trailer compared with a standard trailer unit.

The trailer can stack 90 pallets (1.2m each), is 4.9m high and has a loading aperture of 3.67m on a straight frame. Coupled to 1844 Mercedes Benz Actros Low Liner with 940mm fifth wheel height, it will operate 24/7, running from Lancashire to a site in the north-east on the company’s SCA Hygiene Velvet toilet roll contract.

Long estimates the trailer will cover 350,000km to 400,000km a year, and compared with a 13.6m high-cube trailer carrying 52 pallets on a load it will save around 250,000kg of C0² emissions a year.

The tractor unit also features an aerodynamic roof spoiler commissioned by Elddis to reduce drag.

Elddis has another 15.65m trailer and eight of the 14.6m variant on order from Lawrence David. It hopes to begin trialling them from

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