XL Specialized Trailers announced a solution for fleets that need to haul longer wind turbine blades. XL’s 27-foot BladeMate Flip Extension can be added to the rear of any blade-hauling trailer.
“As turbines get taller and the blades get longer, transporting them becomes even a greater challenge,” says Rodney Crim, vice president of sales at XL. “While there are many blade-hauling trailers on the road today, few can accommodate the new, longer blades. This solution will be very beneficial to our customers because they will not need to buy an entirely new trailer to accommodate the load.”
By moving the lever at the front of the trailer, six-inch hydraulic cylinders flip the extension up or down within minutes. The cylinder linkage can be unpinned and lowered flat to allow for more loading space on the top of the trailer.
The rear bolster, at the end of the Flip Extension, offers a 20,000-lb. capacity, making it suitable as the rear-loading platform for the common two-point load set-up. The Flip Extension is secured with a lug and pin system, allowing the tail to be completely removed when it is not needed.