Where Did They All Go?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Mike2633, Apr 22, 2022.

  1. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

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    So here is something I have noticed, about 10 years ago Wabash National was the absolute top dog in the trailer market all the big time companies and even small time companies used them and you saw their trailers everywhere.

    Now a days the trailer landscape has really changed. Werner and Schneider both are buying Great Dane trailers now, I know Schneider went through a Hyundai phase and the bean counters like Hyundai trailers because they are cheap and I think Hyundai pretty much will give anyone a build slot, we have their trailers now at Gordons, I don't know that the quality is always their, but the bean counters say the price is right at least for now. But just an observation, I don't see as many Wabash trailers as I used to.

    Forever Gordons had Great Dane trailer and while the older Great Danes certainly are well worn, they did manage to last 15 years a lot of them and that's a big deal for food service trailers that really never get a break. I don't think the Hyundais will last 15 years, but that's the way of the world, just an observation of mine.
     
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  3. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    Huh, now that you mention it, I don’t see many wabash trailers these days either.

    I personally have had pretty good luck with the handful of Hyundais I have pulled, but don’t really have enough experience with them to form a legit opinion.

    I worked for many years at a distribution center with their own fleet, and they used Great Danes for just about forever. The old ones were indestructible. The last batch that they bought (I think 25 of them) had a defect in the door frames, to where you often couldn’t get the doors closed even on level ground. A bunch of drivers had to bring them back to the yard with the doors tied shut. Great Dane made a feeble attempt to fix them and failed. We ended up fixing them ourselves. I didn’t get the whole story on what exactly transpired between our company and Great Dane, but I do know they switched to Stoughton trailers after that debacle. I left the company shortly after they made the switch to Stoughton so not sure how that panned out.
     
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    I know at Gordons Great Dane made a bunch of design changes that the company was not totally happy with. Maybe the Hyundai regular dry van trailers are okay. Our 28' food service delivery trailers have a few things on them that I don't really like, but will see.
     
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    Was just reading about that yesterday. Wabash is in an internal knot. They’re in the process of retiring a half dozen or more brands they’ve acquired over the years, and re-tooling a couple of production lines. They’re putting Benson, Transcraft, DuraPlate, Brenner Tank and a few others to bed and consolidating all of it under Wabash. They already have a back-log problem to sort out, they probably don’t even want to talk to someone that’s going to order 3 or 4000 trailers at a time just now.
     
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    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    A lot of ours, including my liftgate trailer, are Wabash. They’re lightweight, but personally I think what they lose in tare weight they also lose in durability, especially with an LTL operation and the destruction the dock crew is capable of.
     
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    Wabash was formed out of the bankruptcy buyout of Fruehauf. They in turn began to do the same things Fruehauf did by buying up any competitor they could and then got way to top heavy. Fruehauf was #1 for 50 years or more, was the industry leader and pioneer, and supplied other makers with parts and technology but along the way got to top heavy and crashed. Wabash it seemed was on the same path. Hopefully they get themselves straightened out. They are very good quality and built to last just like Fruehaufs were.
     
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    I can see the lift gate being especially hard on a lightweight trailer. In operation that gate is probably capable of putting way more than 1000lb/ft on the rear 1/4 of it.
     
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    Yep. Had liftgates for years on straight trucks. If there is a long overhang behind the drive axle You can feel them trying to buck the truck on rough roads. Unlike when on a trailer they don’t put any stress on the body because they are mounted straight to the frame rails.
     
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