Fifthwheel built for weight-conscious fleets
Oct 1, 2002 12:00 PM
The Holland FleetMaster fifthwheel has an improved lightweight design that increases strength. To achieve this, engineers modified the cast steel top plate so weight and strength are located only where needed. The top plate weighs 222.6 pounds and is machined to precise flatness to provide greater load bearing area, reduce friction, and prevent uneven wear. Additional improvements were made to the locking system to assure a reliable connection.
These improvements allowed the vertical load rating of FleetMaster to be increased safely from 45,000 to 50,000 pounds with a maximum drawbar pull of 150,000 pounds. A modified European Community Confirmation Test was employed to establish this rating. Other enhancements include:
LowLube technology that reduces the need for lubrication.
In-cab Air Release System permits drivers to control coupling and uncoupling from inside the cab quickly and safely.
Besides a five-year, 500,000-mile warranty, Holland includes a four-year, 400,000-mile Performance Guarantee when FleetMaster is used in standard, five-axle on-highway applications. This guarantee assures that FleetMaster will retain the ability to be adjusted to an acceptable wear limit between the locks and kingpin, or Holland will pay the repair expense.
For full details, contact The Holland Group, 467 Ottawa Ave, PO Box 2099, Holland MI 49422-2099.
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