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The only seamless half round Aluminum trailer
The Alumatech® is back…And it is better than ever! With standard equipment, CAT scale weight of our 39′ trailer is an incredible 8,892 lbs.
- Intraax® Air Ride tandem w/25,000 lb. wide track axles
- Heavy-duty, 10″x6″ top rail with pre-stressed tension bar
- Duralite Hubs / X30 Drums
- Aluminum Wheels (4 Polish / 4 Mill)
- Aluminum Draft Arms / Drop Legs
- Aluminum Sub-Frame
- Aluminum Air Tank
- Seamless body, 1 piece floor & side sheet
- Mirror Finish Sides
- LED Lights • Rubber-sealed gate
- 5 Year Limited Warranty
Alumatech – Specifications
While much of the trailer is the same as its predecessor, several important areas have been improved, redesigned or updated, including:
The critical front end of the subframe has been lengthened over 22% and has had over 250 pounds of excess steel removed.
Upgraded to T-1 steel, and the upper and lower saddles have been enlarged from a 4″ to 5″ radius.
The all aluminum drop legs are now mounted on the draft arms, a safer and sturdier design.
The connection of the draft arm to the center of the body has been dramatically strengthened.
Latches now lock “over-center” like all Travis trailers:
- The tailgate cylinders have been relocated to a protected area
- The tailgate top-hangers have been upgraded to match Travis standards
- The gate is rubber-sealed with Travis’ proprietary snap-in design
Hoist support tubes are now super thick ¾” extruded channels.
- The top rail connection to the nose has been redesigned eliminating the old pipe braces.
Also available in All Aluminum seamless Dump Body.
The Wave® represents Travis®’s most recent product innovation. It is the first major design improvement for the aluminum end dump and transfer trailer in over 40 years. The Wave® design combines the “best of the best” features from several of our past and current designs into one incredible trailer. This polished end dump trailer incorporates smooth outer walls as found on our Aero-Lite end dump trailer that dates back to 1990. It uses our patented rub-rail and floor crossmember design that was developed in 1993. Also, the trailer has both an inner and outer wall as found on our SST-Aerodyne end dump or tipper trailer. Finally, the trailer maintains the superior design integrity as found on our Classic trailer for all of the components and sub-assemblies (draft arms/coupler plate, sub-frame, suspension, nose, hoist housing, tailgate hardware, electrical, air and hydraulic systems). Yet, there is more. The Wave® is strong. It has better resistance to abrasion. It can incorporate insulation within the walls to hold in heat or keep out the cold. The bull-nose top rail has virtually no flat spot to hold rocks and is easy on tarps. Perhaps, best of all, this tough duty trailer is also lightweight. After 14 years Travis® Body & Trailer may have developed the perfect trailer.
Look at this impressive list of results:
- Increased fuel economy due to less wind resistance.
- Increased cubic yardage due to narrower profile walls.
- Lighter trailer per cubic yard of payload.
- Increased yield strength for sidewalls by using aluminum extrusions, made of 6061-T6 alloy, instead of softer sheet.
- Outer walls are protected from unsightly dings and dents that detract from your company’s image and reduce resale value.
- Increased profits & cash flow by using less fuel and hauling more payload.
Specific design features of the Wave® are:
- Extruded hollow wall tubes, approximately 12″ tall, by 2 ½” thick, with strengthening, internal webs spaced 9″ apart. Each tube runs the full length of the trailer. They are stacked then solid welded inside and out to one another and to the lower rail, and to the special top rail. All of the interconnecting welds that make up the walls also run lengthwise with no vertical welds to compromise body strength, especially near the center of the trailer.
- The inner wall of the tube is approximately 5/32″ thick, (like our standard end dump). However, because it is extruded 6061-T6, it has physical properties that make it about 15% stronger than standard trailer sheet of the same thickness.
- The outer wall is much thinner 1/10″ and is curved or waved to increase strength.
- The end dump features a 6″ tall, bull nose top rail that is also only 2 ½” wide and is thicker (7/16″) at the top than other, traditional designs.
- The tipper or live floor trailer features a larger top rail where the top slopes inwardly 6″ into the trailer and is also thick at the top.
- Wave® trailers include the dual wall design for the tailgate as well! A very clean look!
- As mentioned, the lower rail is our patented SST tube design where the end of each floor crossmember is fully welded (all the way around) to the inner wall of the rub rail. As proven by over nine years of problem free usage, there is no stronger design than this.
ver•tex a patented trailer design which combines Vertical panels of an Extruded, dual-wall trailer. Also, the highest point, the apex, or summit.
In production since April of 2009, the VERTEX® adds to the powerful line-up of smooth-sided innovations from Travis® that date back to 1989.
The patented VERTEX® boasts many features and benefits:
- Available as a Frameless, Frame-type, or Quarter-Frame
- Tandem, tri-axle, quad-axle, spread-axle, virtually any configuration
- Also available as Live Floor, or Tipper Trailer
- Lightweight, heavy duty all aluminum construction
- Aerodynamic smooth-sided fuel saving design
- Dual-wall, longer life, extruded 6061-T6 aluminum walls
- Thin wall adds capacity, and inner wall hides any dents
- Polished sides for cosmetic look, and company image
- The VERTEX® end dump comes with a Travis 5-year limited warranty
- Various body widths & side heights to match your application
- Insulation in side panels
- Thicker panels for high wear
- Travis’ unique ground-operated barn door and grain door
- Custom lights / paint
- Tarps, from several major manufacturers
- Aluminum draft arms, load bearing drop legs or 2-speed landing gear
- Lightweight hubs and drums
- Aluminum wheels and wide-base tires and wheels
- Many other options are available, including your custom designed items
With all of the new models and special application trailers these days, we had to name our time tested heavy-duty model the Classic®. This heavy-duty aluminum end dump trailer is light, durable and versatile. This is the widely accepted design that not only put Travis® on the map but made us the leader in the dump trailer industry.
That is not to say that the Classic® has not been updated with improvements over the years. By tracking older trailers from the 70’s and 80’s and listening closely to customers, Travis® has fine tuned the Classic® for even greater performance. The aluminum trailer incorporates SST™ Technology that makes it unmatched by any of the competition.
In addition to our structural advantages, Travis® has made significant inroads into flexible manufacturing. For us it means that we can build a wide variety of trailers on a single assembly line without the loss of production efficiency. For our customers, it means that they can get exactly what they want, in a timely fashion, and without paying “custom trailer” prices.
When perusing through the long list of available options you will find optional body shapes (narrow, wide, tapered, short & tall), a variety of sheet thickness’, many different suspension configurations and axle spacing, a multitude of add on items (tarps, liners, tool boxes, cat walks, extra lights, gate configurations, plumbing options, etc.), as well as upgrades on tires, wheels, landing gear and more. As indicated above we also offer the popular quarter-frame and frame-type configurations.
The trailer incorporates the stronger floor design that is common to our entire aluminum product line with both a deeper rub rail and 5.5″ deep floor supports. The side walls, however, are inverted with its one-piece side sheet to the outside and the side bracing on the inside. The inside brace is a long horizontal member used in lieu of outside vertical side stakes.
With Travis Trailers’ customizable lightweight options (alum. arms, Intraax air ride, alum. wheels, alum. hubs, centrifuge drums), a 39 ft. trailer weighs in at only 9,900 pounds. The narrower body and smooth sides combine for less wind resistance and large payloads that can only be known as Aerolite™.
Aerolite™ QUALITY COMPARISON DETAILS:
- ONE PIECE, SEAMLESS SIDE SHEET
- DOUBLE REAR POST
- FULL RUBBER SEALED TAILGATE
- LONGER TOP RAIL LIP
- EXTRUDED INSIDE RADIUS
- 5.5″ DEEP FLOOR SUPPORTS
Yes, Travis® builds aluminum Dump Bodies too. Imagine the same high strength components that are used on our 39′ Classic® trailer applied to a 16′ dump body. What results is extreme strength and durability. We use the same components that comprise the SST™ TECHNOLOGY and virtually custom build the body to your specifications.
This trailer was built at the request of several of our existing and prospective customers that use this type of trailer in their operation. There were design issues, features, and specifications that they were not getting elsewhere, and maintenance issues that needed addressing. The Travis® Tote Dump Trailer starts with our new Wave® body, featuring smooth, extruded, double-walled sides.
Some of the unique features are:
The Wave® Body’s smooth, aerodynamic sides increase fuel economy, reduce wind drag, and aid in ease of cleaning. The stronger extruded panels are solid welded in and out. The hollow wall also allows for 2 inch thick insulation if needed for freezing issues.
More Aluminum/Less Steel: An all-aluminum 15 inch I beam frame, instead of a heavy 16 inch steel frame, saves at least 750 lbs. or more. The tote bucket is all aluminum as well, saving several hundred more pounds, and neither will rust or ever need painting. With these two items alone, you will be hauling almost a ton more product, instead of non-revenue producing tare weight.
Controls: Our standard equipment list is long. It includes most features everybody wants, like the wireless radio remote control bucket operation. This is an obvious safety and cleanliness issue. The operator can stand away to better oversee the dumping operation, stay dry, and stay safely out of the way of the moving components. Some manufacturers charge $3,000 alone for this option.
All New Lifting Design: The Travis® tote design incorporates Computer Aided Designed (CAD) steel arms, hinge and much bigger cylinders that can easily lift three times the weight of others, and reach much further into the body for more uniform, evenly distributed loading.
T-Lite Suspensions: The optional Travis® exclusive T-Lite suspensions increase legal hauling capacity to 80,000 on Federal Interstate, and at least 30 states have approved the design for use on their state roads. This is 7,000 lbs. more capacity than a typical 28 foot tandem axle trailer. Do the math – that’s about 15% more load, every load, every day. These suspensions add only a very small amount of weight to the overall trailer and will pay for themselves in a very short period of time with the extra 3 tons* you haul every load. (*depending on truck weight, bridge measurements, and existing trailer design).
Weight: The 30 foot trailer, with the four axles, and the aluminum frame, and aluminum bucket, weighs less than 15,000 lbs. total. This is still well below other manufacturers’ tandem axle trailers.
In summary, the Travis® Tote will make you more money and will cost you less to operate:
- Less fuel.
- More payload.
- Less Maintenance.
Shouldn’t you actively control those things that you are able to, to the best of your ability? You can’t control the price of fuel, but you can affect how much you use. You may not be able to increase your rates at will, but you can become 15% more efficient. Let us know how we can help you with your specific application. This trailer can be made longer, shorter, and higher, with dozens of other options available. The bucket can be modified to suit your operation. Let us design one for you. We have a blank sheet of paper ready to go.
Whether it’s a Rendering trailer with clean out drains, center gates, blood tanks, special valves and seals, or a multi-axle Michigan Train, Travis has been there, done that. We have produced modified SST™ Aerodyne trailers with no inside dog house to better accept pallet loads. We have built short four axle trailers used in road construction and asphalt hauling.
Throughout our product literature you find the term SST™ Technology. It applies to both steel and aluminum trailers. The term can be interpreted as meaning ” Super Strong Trailer”. What it means in application is that Travis® has focused on incorporating meaningful improvements in our trailers that make a real difference for our customers. These trailers are not “me too” designs that are prevalent in the industry. Look closely and you will see the differences that have made Travis® the true leader.
The advent of SST™ Technology is associated with the breakthrough design of the SST™ Floor designed to improve floor strength for forklift applications.
U.S. Patent Number 5,431,475 describes the SST™ floor design. This probably represents the first real breakthrough in aluminum dump trailer design in many years. The floor is strengthened by using deeper crossmembers and by improving the connection of the floor to the side-wall. A special, 6″ deep tubing lower rail was developed to provide for the welding of the crossmembers and side stakes to the rub rail. The result has been greater strength with no increase in overall trailer weight.
Other applications of the same technology and concepts have been developed and applied:
When using the SST™ floor, it became possible to apply a thin outer skin to the trailer using blind rivets. This skin is .04″ thick aluminum thus adding very little to the trailer weight but improving aerodynamics. See SST™.
Rub Rail 2000
The new, standard rub rail combines the benefits of the older designs with the added strength of the new. The outer face is 6″ deep to allow for the use of our deeper floor supports. The side stakes are angle cut to the extruded in dirt shedder which is similar to the old design but a critical vertical leg is added that forms a triangular hollow tube. As with the SST™, this hollow tube increases strength. The result is less flexure between the side-wall and lower rail and less fatigue on the welds. By retaining the angled cut side stakes, the ease of repair is maintained.
The deeper, 5.5″ SST™ floor crossmember is now standard on all Travis® aluminum trailers. Both engineering design calculations and destructive testing show that the deeper design is significantly stronger than the 4″ deep design that has been the industry standard for years. A look at an older trailer with deformed or bowed floor crossmembers and then a look underneath a Travis® will show the obvious benefits.
Live Floor Design
Our Live Floor trailer is typically 102″ tall and very long. It requires a strong floor and lower rail. Travis® uses the SST™ tubing lower rail on both the Live Floor and the Tipper trailers. While the Tipper uses the SST™ crossmember, the Live Floor uses a 5″ deep extruded I-Beam.
The Travis® Aerolite™ also uses the SST™ crossmember. However, due to the unique construction of this trailer, we developed a new rub rail with an 8″ outer face. The rear post was modified and a new top rail was created. The details were not compromised as has been the case with some competing models.
The side stakes on the Travis® Aluminum trailer are machine welded. This improves weld consistency and provides a great finished look.
As part of the ongoing push to improve, Travis® changed the rubber used to seal the tailgate from a spongy neoprene to a hollow rubber tube. Improved seal and longer life have resulted.
15″ I beam
Braking, pot holes, road humps and bad luck all result in a jolt being delivered to the trailer. These forces are transferred from the ground up, through the suspension to the sub-frame and into the box. The Travis® sub-frame is 15″ tall with beefy flanges and a thick web. We use 6061 T6 aluminum. The strength of your Travis® trailer starts here.
Cast Coupler Saddles
Travis® has seen couplers made of welded together pieces of pipe and flat bar. These clearly cheaper designs are no match for the dump industry. A more costly but more reliable steel cast lower saddle is standard on the Travis®.
Formed Angle Top Rail
Yes, even our steel trailers get a dose of SST™ Technology. The new top rail on our steel end dumps is formed with the angled top surface built right in. Soon, the top rail will be using roll formed technology for a unique one-piece construction.
Four on the Floor
Some steel trailer manufacturers that all of the tires stay on the ground when dumping but then as the trailer reaches the end of the dump cycle, the dump blocks engage and the front axle kicks in the air. Travis® has done away with this misapplication by designing a bogey pod that rotates all the way on our steel trailers.
Four on the floor aluminum
No other company builds a rotating all tires on the ground design for an aluminum trailer. Travis® has.
Spring or air ride designs are available from Travis®. Our designs are the best. We had the best teacher, the school of hard knocks.
Swing Away Dump Blocks
U.S. Patent 5,782,538 describes this unique way that Travis® has again stepped up to solve a customers application problem. Lightweight and air operated, this device will lengthen the trailers dump blocks to either keep all tires on the ground or keep the rear of the trailer away from the ground. Special needs, special solutions.
Quality of components and specifications
SST™ technology does not stop with engineering smarts. Purchasing the best components and sticking to the best possible standards goes a long way toward making a quality dump trailer. From nose to gate, Travis® has focused on the details and has combined our years of direct experience to become today’s leader
Our first aerodynamic trailer was suitably named the Aerolite™. It was first built back in 1989, long before fuel costs sky rocketed to the level they are at today. It saved just as much fuel then, as it does now, but the dollar value of the savings has obviously increased. Because of today’s tighter margins the sensitivity to fuel costs, and other operational inefficiencies have become more important to the trucking community.
Since 1989, we have introduced 2 other aerodynamic trailers, the SST™ and the Wave®. We will discuss more about those trailer models later.
First, let’s review the basics of aerodynamics. Everybody knows that improving fuel economy by reducing wind drag saves money, but most people never put the pencil to the economics behind it. Most don’t really understand how large the savings can be!
Prior to about December of 1999, fuel was around a dollar a gallon, and at that time, the cost of fuel represented about 20% of a truckers revenue. When fuel rose to $1.50 (assuming that the hauling rate did not immediately and proportionally increase), fuel suddenly represented about 30% of a trucker’s revenue, a 50% increase in a very significant item. This only served to reduce profit dramatically, or in most cases, send truckers into an unprofitable situation. With typical profit margins at less than 10%, the change in fuel costs indeed often resulted in losses. Further adding to the problem was/is the inability of truckers to increase prices to their customers quickly, either because of competitive pressures, or the hope that the fuel cost would go back down just as quickly as it went up.
Because a trucker cannot control the price of fuel, he must control fuel usage, to the best of his ability. He must do anything and everything that is economically feasible. Here is a good example of the economics facing the trucker relative to fuel economy:
- Let’s say you drive 10,000 miles per month, and get 5.0 miles per gallon, you will use 2000 gallons of fuel per month.
- If you can increase fuel economy by 10%, this scenario changes. If you drive the same 10,000 miles per month, but get 5.5 miles per gallon, you will use 1818 gallons of fuel. That’s 182 gallons less! 182 gallons at $1.50 is $273 per month less. That’s $273 more dollars left in your checking account, which adds up to $3,276.00 more profit per year, every year. This result from only a ? mile per gallon increase in fuel economy, which from our experience is attainable by changing from a post-sided trailer to a smooth sided trailer. Depending on your situation, your truck, your trailer height, your route, your distances traveled, your experience will vary, but most operators report at least a quarter miler per gallon increase, and some are dramatically more.
It shouldn’t matter if fuel prices go back to a dollar, or go on above $2.00. Either way, the saved fuel represents money that you can take off of your expenses, and keep in your pocket. This money will go a long way toward making the payment for a new trailer. If you are already in the market for a new trailer, why not choose the more efficient design? The evidence of long-term benefits should convince you to consider aerodynamic efficiency as an important part of your decision process. Since, you will probably own a new trailer for at least 5 years, a savings of just $250 per month, would add $15,000 to your bottom line. Also, because of its improved efficiency, the trailer will be worth more to the next guy. The increased resale value further increases the economy of aerodynamics.
We offer 3 aerodynamic end-dump trailers, and one bottom dump trailer. All are also designed with other features and benefits that suit the users we targeted for each model.
Briefly, these are:
- The Aerolite™ (End-dump and bottom-dump) This model had its debut in 1989. It is our single-walled smooth side that has a full-length longitudinal beam down the inside of the interior wall. This trailer is well suited for aggregates such as sand and gravel haulers, and lends itself nicely to a more narrow body, for even more aerodynamic efficiency.
- The SST™ (Patented) This model was introduced in 1993, and its design was stimulated by customers who wanted aerodynamic related fuel economy for over-the-road hauling, a forklift capable floor for backhaul loading/unloading versatility, cosmetic relief from dings caused by hauling rough commodities, and, in some cases matching colors on trucks and trailers, or a smooth trailer wall for company advertising. It is still a very viable choice for rough applications that travel long distances and can benefit from the fuel economies achieved by the outer walls.
- The Wave® (Patented) (End-dump and bottom-dump) The Wave® was introduced in 2003. It features an extruded dual-walled design, in full-trailer length panels that are thicker on the inside, and thinner on the outside. The outer wall is slightly corrugated, for strength, and it is highly polished. From about 5 feet away, you can’t even see the solid robotic weld that fastens each panel to the next. Best of all, even after adding all of this strength, function and beauty, it weighs no more than our Classic® side post trailer. Combining all of the best features of a smooth side trailer, the Wave® also has a boxed rub-rail, making it forklift compatible. Insulation can easily be added to the inner cavity of the walls for temperature sensitive commodities such as asphalt.
All 3 models feature unique styling, ease of cleaning, and Travis®’ promise of quality, and commitment to satisfaction. Of course, we are always happy to customize the trailer to suit you exactly, to best match your application and special needs.
More information about all of these models, and the rest of our product line up, is available on our website, where you can also specify a trailer to suit your application, and have a custom proposal created for you based on your request, or send us an email to request more information.
No one has a broader line of end dump trailers. We can custom tailor a trailer to meet your specific needs. Don’t let someone shoehorn you into his cookie cutter design.
A trailer purchase is a large investment. Study your options. Know what you are getting, have confidence in who you are getting it from, and demand that they offer the best of what is available, and that they have done their homework, and that they will stand behind it, like we do.
Aluminum Versus Steel
This article compares aluminum and steel trailers to help you determine the most profitable material for your hauling equipment.
Aluminum is referred to by many as the miracle metal. It is abundant, yet not very expensive. It weighs almost exactly 1/3 of what steel weighs, yet has very similar strength and wear properties. It is not corrosive, and does not need to be painted.
Most steel trailers are built with a floor sheet thickness of “10 gauge”. The average thickness of 10 gauge is .1345, almost HALF of the thickness of the typical aluminum floor, .250 (1/4″). Most steel trailers are built with sides of 12 gauge, which has an average thickness of .1046, about 1/10 of an inch, compared to .160, (5/32″) for the typical aluminum trailer. The aluminum is almost 60% thicker!
These typical steel trailers also usually have a dramatically smaller carrying capacity. Clement’s starlite brags about being as light as aluminum, but they are comparing a steel trailer that has a 29 yard capacity, to an aluminum trailer that has a 48 yard capacity.
The “typical” aluminum has 65% more capacity! Hardly a fair comparison. This speaks to the versatility of the aluminum trailer. If we built a 29 yard aluminum trailer it would weigh around 8,500-9,000lbs, well below the quoted 10,800 for Clement’s starlite, or the roughly 11,500 for a typical Lufkin, or similar steel trailer.
This is what it’s all about, isn’t it. 80,000lbs minus the weight of your tractor, and TRAILER, equals your payload. It’s your paycheck. It’s your livelihood. If you can’t control the price of fuel, and you can’t control the price of insurance, get hold of those things you can control. Get as light as you can, while staying as versatile as possible, and get as aerodynamic as possible.
DO THE MATH
1,000 lbs, a half a ton, would make you about 2.5% more revenue in a year. (assuming your current payload is somewhere around 44,000lbs). If you currently gross about $2,500 per week, for 50 weeks a year, this would give you another $62.50 per week, $260 per month, or $3,125.00 per year.
2,000 lbs, 1 ton more payload would double these numbers, $125 per week, $520 per month, $6,250 per year.
Aerodynamics can make as much difference, as the weight, or more!
If you run 10,000 miles per month, and get 5mpg, you are burning 2,000 gallons of diesel, spending about $6,600, at $3.30 per gallon.
If you increase our fuel economy by only 10%, with a smooth sided trailer like our Aerolite, or Wave, or SST, you would save 181 gallons a month, about $606. That’s only assuming 10% better fuel economy. Some people get much more, some get a little less. What if it was only 5%? Couldn’t you use $303 per month more, with no extra effort.
COST / VALUE / RESALE
Yes, aluminum trailers cost more than steel. It is obvious that they are worth it. They also contain much more metal than steel trailers, at a much lighter weight, and they have much more volume, than the typical steel, and consequently carry more payload, resulting in more revenue, and ultimately, more PROFIT.
The price difference between aluminum & steel trailers when new looks large, but considering they should make thousands of dollars more every year, the difference vanishes quickly.
The value spread exists throughout the life of the trailers as well. In several instances, we have seen steel trailers lose a larger percentage of their original value than aluminum. So, really you get the difference in price back during the ownership years through increased revenue & profit, and, again when you sell it.