New Truck Repair Technology comes to Horse Trailers
If you follow my articles, you know how big a fan of new technology I am. At the new Transwest Truck Trailer RV, facility north of Denver on I-25, is an awesome machine called a Road Simulator. Looks kind of like a dyno, but does use rollers to test brakes rolling resistance and balance. It’s certified for DOT brake inspections. Transwest uses it to test all their new horse trailers so they are ready for your roads. It can find just a torn axle seal leaking on the brakes. It would surprise you how many “new axles” on new trailers are over greased, limiting your trailer brakes ability. With the kind of traffic we pull trailers in, testing brakes becomes routine. And worn suspension maybe be causing your rig to wonder the road. The Road Simulator can find this problems too.
Another feature of the Road Simulator, load cells, it can weigh each axle, another way to look for problems. By moving the wheels in all directions it can find problems like bad king pins, tire rods, drag links loose bearings etc. and find wear in the suspension. Much faster than a mechanic jacking up a truck and trying to track down problems by elimination. I didn’t even know such technology existed. Leave it to Transwest Truck Trailer RV to fully equip their state of the art 20 bay service center with the latest and greatest. And to be a full service facility they also have you covered if you’re traveling across the country and are lucky enough to brake down in Colorado, with washer and dryers, showers, microwaves and some recliners to rest up in while your rig is getting repaired. Even a corral to turn horses out.
A new well equipped state of the art 20 bay shop on 15 acres, can fix anything on RV, trucks and trailers with the newest technology in wheel alignment machines. Trailers need aligned, if you are going through too many tires, this could be why. They can even align the new RV coaches with independent front suspension. All asphalt lot is nice, no mud, dust or gravel, so I can run in and out of all the LQ’s without leaving tracks. Only trailer dealer I can think of in Colorado with a totally paved lot. Nice facility to tour premium aluminum horse trailers with Living Quarters. Living Quarters are a growing option. Similar to RV’s, these comfortable trailers make it easier to turn horse events into a family vacation. I plan on using one to tour some RV parks next summer, with and without horses. Just because there are horse stalls in the rear doesn’t mean you can’t put the golf cart, ATV, motorcycle and mother-in-law back there. Why not, Toy Haulers are a popular RV trailers that does all that but can’t haul horses.
Enough room inside the showroom for trailers. That will be nice this winter. Blue stained (beetle kill) knotty pine stalls separate offices, with a view of the mountains that just makes you smile. Transwest has super jacks that can jack up a rig anywhere RV or truck. I saw a set in action at SEMA this year. They had a tractor trailer rig off the ground high enough to walk under. All that from a generator too.
Sales manager Andrew Lyons built this trailer cord tester, that will tell you what does and doesn’t work on your wiring just by plugging it in. Transwest installed my new Power Vision mirrors that I’m reviewing along with the Odyssey trailer brake controller for my project truck. As the “trailer guru” Andrew repairs some of the trucks I review before I hook up to a trailer. He’s had to rewire new truck factory trailer harnesses for me. Comes in handy using Transwest Truck Trailer RV parts and accessories before I take new rigs on the road for my national reviews. I think I’ll go up the waiting room, hit the recliner, microwave some popcorn and wait for my truck to be ready.
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