High-spec Houghton Parkhouse trailer debuts at Lamma 2013
MAKING its debut at the Lamma show will be Houghton Parkhouse’s latest livestock trailer, the T35.
The 3.5 tonne trailer is intended for use behind 4x4s and is capable of carrying one deck of large cattle, or two decks of pigs or sheep.
Built around an aluminium-plank monocoque, it features a fully lifting electro-hydraulic deck which eliminates ramp issues and is rated to two tonnes. The T35 carries its own battery, which charges through the electrical connector on the towing vehicle. This set-up allows stand alone operation, so you can un-hitch the trailer and use the towing vehicle elsewhere.
For safety and convenience, all deck-locking pins locate automatically and the rear door features a slam-shut lock. Overhead fouling is avoided thanks to both decks being water tight and tanked. There are also LED lights for each deck and adjustable vents, plus all controls and mechanisms can be externally accessed and operated.
Underneath, the T35 uses compensating suspension with torsion arms on cranked stub axles – a first for a livestock trailer of this size, says the manufacturer. This creates a lower centre of gravity and improved ride stability. Another plus of the reduced overall height is less wind resistance, it says. For ease of cleaning the undercarriage is flush.
Two trailer lengths will be available; either 3.8 metres (12ft 5inches) or 4.4m (14ft 5in) internal length.