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MaxiTRANS: a versatile all-rounder

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SPONSORED CONTENT: Hayden Bentley is currently using his new purpose-built Freighter Drop Deck Semi to haul more than 60 state-of-the-art residential suites to his new cabin park in South Australia. The multi-purpose trailer will later find its way around Bentley Group’s other business divisions

MaxiTRANS: a versatile all-rounder
A Freighter Drop Deck Semi gets the job done!


Following the success of its Port Pirie venture, Bentley’s Cabin Parks will be soon opening its new fully self-contained accommodation park at Port Augusta. Part of the Bentley Group, the cabin park division was first set up in 1995 when founder and managing director Hayden Bentley set up four cabins inspired by his travels around Australia with his family.

From those humble beginnings, Hayden gradually expanded his business to set up the Port Pirie Cabin Park with over 100 fully self-contained four-star cabins with a range of one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, including various amenities such as spa and basic home and kitchen appliances. These days, Hayden is busy finalising the arrangements at the new cabin park that is set to open later this year.

Parent company, Bentley Group, is a diversified business that is involved in farming, hospitality and construction. The new cabins for the Port Augusta site are being built at Bentley’s own construction yards based in South Australia. To transport those cabins, Hayden recently bought a Freighter Drop Deck Semi with ramps, from MaxiTRANS.

"We have bought aluminium tippers from MaxiTRANS previously and in February we picked up a new multi-purpose Freighter Drop Deck Semi trailer. We had the trailer purpose-built to suit our specific needs. The cabins we transport with the trailer are one- or two-bedroom, with the longest of them around 10.3 metres long, so we wanted the base of the deck to be 10.5 metres so the cabin could fit on it. Its bi-folding ramps were made removable to make it easier to put the cabins on and off. We even had it colour-coded to match our new Scania prime mover so it looks nice on the road as well," Hayden says.

Although this trailer was made to suit Bentley’s Cabin Park’s specific purposes, it is a general-purpose trailer as well. As a result, it will also be used to transport various types of loads including heavy machinery for Bentley Group’s other farming and construction equipment such as bulldozers, loaders and graders.

Design ingenuity

The Freighter Drop Deck Semi-Trailer is capable of delivering low tare weight and carrying high loads, machinery and silage. Featuring Freighter’s short, extra strong gooseneck, the Drop Deck Semi can be engineered to optimise pallet capacity and spacing on both upper and lower decks, based on specific freight requirements.

The wide spaced main beams combined with low profile frames, deliver complete stability and centre of gravity. Meanwhile, the use of sturdy cross members provides a more durable and reliable trailer. Hayden chose to include the optional pull out ramps to allow the load to be driven between the lower and upper decks.

"The quality of the workmanship is fantastic. Unlike some of the other trailers with ramps that we have used in the past, the ramps of the new Freighter trailer have shown no signs of rusting or physical damage," Hayden says.

Second to none quality

"We have had good experience with MaxiTRANS before – we bought aluminium tippers from them and we’ve been very happy with them. Given our good experience with MaxiTRANS in the past it was an obvious choice for us to go to them again. We knew we had to stick to what we trusted and what we knew, so going with the Freighter Drop Deck Semi was an easy decision.

"We have been using MaxiTRANS products for nearly 10 years and it was good to work with them again. They made the trailer exactly like how we wanted. The finished product is excellent. They’ve thought of everything and finished it on time. We trust Australian manufacturing and we like quality. We understand that cheap is not always the best so we are willing to pay for quality," Hayden says.

Like all MaxiTRANS products, the Freighter Drop Deck Semi is backed by MaxiTRANS’ national trailer, parts and service dealer network, and a two year manufacturer’s warranty. While the new Freighter trailer will work across most of Bentley Group’s business divisions, it is not planned to drive thousands of kilometres in a month so Hayden expects less need for servicing. However, he says it is good to know that they have parts and service support readily available if they need.

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