At Van der Vlist they are always looking to optimise their transport fleet with vehicles for abnormal transport that are even more efficient. Therefore Van der Vlist has added to their fleet the latest 5-axle extendible Manoovr semi low-loader to transport construction machinery weighing up to around 60 tonnes. When carrying excavators or demolition machines the boom can be placed in the trough so that the total height of the load is considerably reduced. This latest investment concerns two 5-axle Manoovr semi low-loaders with extendible load floor. Internationally there is a great deal of interest for the Manoovr with excavator trough. By now around 20 of these have been sold already and the first two were delivered to Van der Vlist.
First extendible Manoovr with excavator trough for Van der Vlist
The 5-axle Manoovr with excavator trough has approximately the same load capacity as a 4-axle Pendel axle low-loader with a single-axle Interdolly. The semi low-loader with pendle axles has 12 tonnes per axle in Europe and provides the transport operator with a load capacity of around 67 tonnes. In Great Britain this goes up to around 92 tonnes in Category 3.
Further advantages of the Manoovr semi low-loader, compared with a 2+4 low-loader, include a shorter combination length, exemptions, routes to take and a lower purchase price. The height of the construction machinery is often the main factor when deciding whether it is better to use a Manoovr semi low-loader or a EURO-PX low-loader. The new excavator trough of the Manoovr now makes it possible to transport more types of construction machinery.
The excavator trough is available on all Manoovr semi low-loaders in the programme and comes in several versions.
- Excavator trough width: 800mm or 950mm
- Axle distance: 1360 mm and 1510 mm
- Load floor: single and double extendible
The load floor width on both types can be extended by 2x 250mm using optional outriggers. Extra strong extension bolsters are available to extend by 2x 375mm (=750mm) for heavier machines!! The width of the excavator trough depends on the chosen vehicle width. On vehicles that are 2,740 mm wide the excavator trough is 800 mm wide. On a Manoovr with a vehicle width of 2,890 mm the excavator trough is 950 mm wide. This latest Manoovr with excavator trough keeps all the important advantages the Manoovr technology provides. Load floor height of 780mm, suspension stroke of 500mm, 12-tonne axle load at 80 km/h and optimal steering in any situation which results in an extremely long life of the tyres.
Experience of Corné de Peinder
Corné has been with Van der Vlist for just over two years. He is very happy with his new employer and his new Volvo – Nooteboom combination. Corné: ‘This new combination was delivered three weeks ago. Nooteboom was well represented with two men for on-site training and instruction. I was most impressed by the steering of the Manoovr. The Manoovr properly tracks the tractor.
We often transport construction machinery and don’t often need to extend the trailer, sometimes by a metre but that’s all. If the trailer is not extended, the front axle tracks the tractor. When extended I switch the steering so that the front axle is rigid and the rear 4 axles are steered. I have never driven a trailer with steering as good as this. We often have to manoeuvre the vehicle and then the large steering angle of the Manoovr is an advantage. Before this I drove a 5-axle Nooteboom semi-trailer with self-tracking axles. A very good trailer, still in excellent condition after eight years of intensive use, but with the Manoovr my job has become so much easier. Nearly every week during the night I transport road planers used for road works. I oft en have to reverse park in the dark. With this trailer this is no problem at all.’