Non-hgv artic for Southampton
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A PROTOTYPE non-hgv articulated unit has completed nearly a year's trials with Rawlings Canada Dry on urban delivery work in Southampton.
As an alternative to buying spine-back rigid vehicles, Bass's research ;Ind development department specified a low-height semitrailer which offers the payload of a 21ft rigid, but has greater manoeuvrability.
The trailer, built by Ken Rosebury of Roydon, near Oldham, has a 16in loading height for its main deck which can accommodate four standard pallets, and 42in clearance over the fifth wheel and 30th over the rear axles.
Total deck length is 21.5ft, and unladen weight of the trailer is 1,200kg; the Bedford TL570's unladen weight is 3,820kg.
Bass, which was considering franchising its Canada Dry delivery work, has been evaluating the articulated vehicle before deciding whether to buy more for use by sub-contractors.