Great Dane Debuts New Product Features at 2017 TMC Exhibition

Great Dane is proud to present three new product features at this year’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. The event is being held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, from Feb. 27 – Mar. 2.

The theme of Great Dane’s display at booth #145 is “Ensuring the Safe and Efficient Delivery of Goods.” Throughout the booth, numerous displays show how our new product features help improve safety and efficiency. These features include a new smart trailer telematics concept, interior reefer liners enhanced with antimicrobial protection to fight bacteria and a stronger rear impact guard to help ensure those on the road with our trailers are protected.

Telematics Concept

Great Dane’s new smart trailer concept will keep drivers and fleet managers informed about basic pre-trip inspection checks and alert notifications while on the road. The data monitored includes tire inflation, weight distribution, door sensors, lights, GPS location and more. Data from this system can be received through an onboard LCD display, a Bluetooth connection with a mobile app and desktop computer software.

“We are excited to launch our smart trailer concept in beta at TMC to get customer input and continue the development of the device,” said Dennis Skaradzinski, Chief Engineer for Great Dane. “Prototypes are currently being tested with multiple fleet customers. The results of the testing will help Great Dane develop a final product that truly meets our customers’ needs.”

Great Dane’s conceptual telematics device is the result of an action item developed by the Future Trailer Committee, which was chaired by Great Dane representatives, at the TMC exhibition in 2011. The task was to develop an automated pre-trip inspection device to assist drivers with quicker turnaround at trailer pickup. This action item was part of a five-year plan set forth by the committee, and Great Dane is proud to present its concept product at the 2017 TMC exhibition.

Interior Linings with Antimicrobial Protection

Great Dane has enhanced its exclusive PunctureGuard and ThermoGuard linings by adding broad- spectrum antimicrobial protection to the lining material. Beginning mid-year, PunctureGuard and ThermoGuard linings will come standard with antimicrobial protection, which helps fight bacteria growth, stains and odors for the entire life of the trailer. Great Dane is the first trailer manufacturer to introduce antimicrobial protection in trailer linings.

“With the addition of antimicrobial protection to our reefer linings, we are making possible a cleaner environment that fights against bacteria growth,” said Brandie Fuller, Vice President of Marketing. “These linings will help our customers become a carrier of choice as new, stricter Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules go into effect.”

Rear Impact Guard

Great Dane has made it a goal to create stronger safeguards around its equipment. One way the company is accomplishing this goal is through its new rear impact guard. Great Dane’s rear impact guard has for years met all safety regulations, including the most-stringent Canadian requirements. However, to make its trailers even safer for truck-trailer drivers and those on the road with them, Great Dane has enhanced its rear impact guard to help make it safer during collisions. It was recently tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and passed the organization’s rigorous 30 percent offset test.

“This new rear impact guard was designed to make it stronger without changing the traditional bolt-on design,” said Chris Lee, Vice President of Engineering. “It was important for us to include this design as a standard on all of our trailer product lines – reefers, dry vans and flatbeds.”

The new rear impact guard will be standard on all Great Dane model trailers beginning later this year. Also, due to the traditional bolt-on design of the guard, Great Dane will offer a retrofit option for 2007 and later models.

Great Dane Provides Custom Trailer and Truck Body Solutions

Great Dane is proud to showcase a variety of customized trailer and truck body solutions at this year’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. The event is being held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, from Feb. 27 – Mar. 2.

The theme of Great Dane’s display at booth #145 is “Ensuring the Safe and Efficient Delivery of Goods.” Throughout the booth, visitors are able to explore the custom design options that Great Dane offers to help enhance safety and efficiency. Among the items on display at Great Dane’s booth are:

A 28’ Everest Multi-temp Refrigerated Trailer custom built for Gordon Food Service. This high-end trailer was specially designed with several of Great Dane’s new product features for Gordon Food Service. It features Great Dane’s patented ThermoGuard liner, which is now enhanced with broad-spectrum antimicrobial protection that helps fight bacteria growth, stains and odors for the entire life of the trailer. The trailer also features Great Dane’s new telematics concept system, which provides basic pre-trip inspection checks, in-route maintenance alerts and PM schedule notifications to drivers and fleet managers while on the road. Also displayed on the trailer are several safety features, including Great Dane’s 4-in-1 Back-up Alarm System, a mini wireless rear-mounted camera, and Great Dane’s new rear impact guard design, which has been enhanced to be stronger and safer during collisions.

A 28’ Champion Dry Van custom built for Southeastern Freight Lines. This trailer showcases Great Dane’s Double Dex option, which features a fully recessed and captive beam system for additional cargo decking. Other noteworthy features on this versatile pup trailer include Great Dane’s exclusive PunctureGuard panels and scuffbands for increased protection from forklift and pallet jack damage, Prolam Waxin100TM full-length protective top coating, full-length PuRTM polyurethane undercoating, Green Wing aerodynamic side skirts, Stemco Platinum Performance Plus wheel end system, and a Meritor PSI tire inflation system with ThermAlert.

A 53’ Champion Composite Wall Dry Van built for Swift Transportation with a custom decal graphic celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary. This trailer features an integral extruded aluminum high base rail option for enhanced sidewall protection. Other features include a TTMA-rated 24,000+ pound floor with 1.38” Prolam hardwood flooring, Waxin100 full-length protective top coating, full-length PuR polyurethane undercoating, an EnduroGuard swing door rear frame, Bridgestone Ecopia R-197 low rolling resistance tires, a Holland DuraSystem slide spring suspension and Green Wing aerodynamic side skirts.

A 48’ Champion Composite Wall Dry Van custom built for Estes. This trailer features composite plate panels with 0.016” galvanized steel skins, an EnduroGuard roll-up rear frame, and dual-intensity braking rear header lights and outboard header lights with turn indicators for increased visibility and safety on the highway. It has Prolam hardwood flooring with full-length PuR polyurethane undercoating and Waxin protective top coat on the rear eight feet of the trailer to protect the floor from harsh conditions. Also on the trailer are a Meritor PSI tire inflation system with ThermAlert and Stemco’s Platinum Performance Plus wheel end system.

A 26’ Alpine Refrigerated Truck Body that features Great Dane’s insulation and foaming technology and an innovative body tie-down system. This lightweight and thermally efficient truck body features 4” insulation in the walls, a 10” integral extruded aluminum scuffband, two rows of full-length horizontal logistic tracks, and Grote 18” motion sensor dome lights. The body is mounted on an International chassis.

A 26’ Sahara Dry Freight Truck Body with a side door featuring Great Dane’s unique blade lock design. This versatile truck body also features Great Dane’s innovative body tie-down system, a Grote 100% LED light package with the Long-Life Wiring System that comes standard with a 10-year warranty, grabhandles at the rear, curbside and roadside for easy loading and unloading, and a rear impact guard featuring an integrated bumper with steps on the road and curbside. It is mounted on an International chassis.

Also on display is Great Dane’s 4-in-1 Back-up Alarm System designed to increase safety for drivers and pedestrians. This system features Grote’s integrated lamp that combines all stop/tail/turn and back-up functions into one industry-standard size lamp. The innovative 4-in-1 Back-up Alarm only works when the wheels turn backward and is completely independent of the ABS system on the brakes.

The Great Dane booth also features a special display highlighting the company’s Aftermarket services. The display includes information about Great Dane’s AdvantEDGE National Aftermarket Parts & Service Program, which gives members access to its 24/7 Emergency Roadside Service (ERS) program, controlled ordering and invoicing, competitive labor rates and more. A Love’s Travel Stops truck is on display with information about Great Dane’s ERS program. The display also features information about Great Dane’s trailer service technician training program and CASE accreditation as a training provider which is administered by the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) and accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Great Dane is the first semi-trailer original equipment manufacturer to receive CASE accreditation.

About Great Dane

Great Dane is the leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial transportation equipment, including dry and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies, as well as steel, aluminum and combo platform trailers. Great Dane has a storied history in the commercial trucking industry and is a driving force in trailer technology, innovation, quality and customer service. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with additional corporate offices in Savannah, Georgia, Great Dane has manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company’s network of corporate-owned branches, full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and used trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Visit Great Dane online at