Ekeri trailer still going after 20 years

Stranraer, Scotland: J Richardson has a 20-year old Ekeri trailer that is still delivering good service.

The trailer was six years old when J Richardson bought it. “It’s a typical Ekeri trailer with the multiple side-opening doors but with a front-mounted fridge, said Alan Richardson, sales director.

“Despite many years hard work, save for a couple of hinges, it has cost us nothing in terms of maintenance or repairs – it just keeps going and looks as good as the day it arrived,” he said.

The trailer comes into its own on multi-drop work, carrying mixed loads for supermarkets in Scotland and England. “We first got the trailer to help with return loads of 600kg bags and have used it regularly for multi-drops because the side opening doors allow us easy access to any part of the trailer for quick loading and delivery,” Richardson said.

“It has the flexibility of a curtainsider but with the strength and security of a refrigerated box van and, considering it’s pushing 20 years of age, it really has proved to be a remarkable asset.”

The trailer was designed and built by Ekeri in Finland. It is ATP type approved FNA and FRC (+12 degrees to -20 degrees) with fully opening  doors on both sides and with moveable insulated bulkheads for multi-temperature loads.

J Richardson Transport operates an all-Volvo fleet with a mixture of ambient and temp-controlled trailers and has won Transport News Scottish ‘Fleet of the Year’ award .

“We are thinking of adding another Ekeri to the fleet at some point and definitely recommend these trailers for any haulier who is looking to improve load flexibility and save on running costs,” Richardson said.

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