Friday 21st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Sliding fifthwheel enhances safety

Coupling manufacturer Fontaine International is well into a programme to supply its new 135SF 2-position sliding fifthwheel to 1,000 of Tesco’s fleet. This slider is air-operated and features a lightweight modular sliding sub-frame.

By moving the slider to its rear position, space is created to safely disconnect and reconnect the air and electrical connections with the tractor still coupled to the trailer, preventing the need for split coupling and the danger of the trailer moving and crushing the driver. Before moving off, the slider is returned to its driving position allowing the vehicle to operate normally.

Gary King, of Tesco, says: “We are pleased to be working with Fontaine and believe they have built a suitable, reliable fifthwheel for Tesco’s operation.”