50-ton traveling axle trailer shown at American Towman Exposition

Talbert Manufacturing, a manufacturer in the heavy haul and specialty-built trailer industry, introduced its 50-Ton 5051 Traveling Axle trailer at the American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, MD. The 5051TA has been designed for customers that need to comply with 43' kingpin laws and regulations. 

Kingpin laws vary state to state but generally apply to any trailer longer than 48' and less than 53'. These regulations typically dictate the maximum distance from the kingpin to the last axle must measure 43' or less. Adding to its series of traveling axle trailers, Talbert pushed the deck length to the limit, designing a 51' traveling axle trailer to maximize the lower deck length and still meet the 43' kingpin law. 

Talbert's TA Series trailers are known for their six-degree load angle. This gradual slope is ideal for the towing and recovery industry, as well as rental equipment and small to midsize construction equipment with low ground clearances, such as rollers and pavers.

The 5051TA is loaded with more standard features than other conventional units in a base model, and it still delivers cost-effective versatility in a variety of applications. For example, many other manufacturers commonly use worm gear winches to cut extra expense. The 15,000 lbs planetary winch, which comes standard on all trailers in Talbert's 50-Ton TA Series, provides customers with a more efficient winch. The planetary winch uses a direct-drive system and offers up to twice the loading speed of the worm gear winch. Operators can run Talbert's planetary winch through a multi-function wireless remote, which allows one person to load a piece of equipment without leaving the trailer. This helps with loading inoperable cars or machinery.

For reliable performance in heavy-duty industries, Talbert's 5051TA also comprises a T-1 & 80K steel beam constructed framework and 4-inch I-beam crossmembers on 9" centers to accommodate more concentrated loads. Further, the I-beam construction prevents corrosion, unlike boxed crossmenbers that tend to rust from the inside out.

Other standard features include 11Ž 2" apitong flooring as well as side and center tie-downs. Apitong is a tightly woven, highly dense wood that provides a longer wear life because it is less susceptible to chipping or cracking than other deck materials. Side and center tie-down slots are installed for greater loading ease and application flexibility.