Entertainment industry transport firm Luckings Ltd has added four new Schmitz Cargobull S.KO MEGA FP25 dryfreight box van trailers to its growing line-up.
The four new tri-axle trailers are additions to the 40 Schmitz Cargobull assets currently in service in the company’s 100-strong trailer fleet, supported by 40 trucks and light commercial vehicles. They will be used to move entertainment equipment and sets across Europe and theUKfor theatre productions, film shows and live television events on a seven-day per week basis.
Schmitz Cargobull secured the contract to supply the new trailers following a competitive three-way tender. For Nick Dooner, Owner of Luckings Ltd, Schmitz Cargobull’s speed of response and willingness to meet customer demands proved to be the decisive factor in the selection process.
He says: “Working in the entertainment industry, one week we could be setting up for a show in theWest Endand the next we are doing the X-Factor.
“The main reason we chose Schmitz Cargobull was because the nature of our work is very time sensitive, so we needed a reliable manufacturer that could meet our rigorous demands and Schmitz delivered on all fronts.
“Our vehicles travel throughoutEuropeso Schmitz’s network of service locations and parts support is also integral to the smooth running of our business.”
On receipt of the new deliveries from Schmitz Cargobull’s Vreden factory inGermany, they were immediately sent toRussiaas part of a six-trailer fleet transporting the set for Matthew Vaughn’s production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. They are then due to join up with Disney’s ‘Lion King’ international tour inIrelandbefore returning to theUK.
The new additions, which are expected to be in service for at least 10 years and will operate out of Luckings’ main base in Reading, are equipped with under slung ramp holders for ease of loading and unloading, plus a height adjustable air suspension. They are also fitted with LED lighting systems for evening and night work.
All four trailers have been built with Schmitz Cargobull’s own ROTOS® running gear, which features a complete range of unique innovations as standard, including a maintenance-free bearing, an innovative ventilation system for the disc brakes, the weight-optimised brake calliper, the multi-ride-height pneumatic suspension for every ramp height along with the standard trailer EBS (Electronic Braking System) with RSP (Roll Stability Program).
In addition, the trailers are all fitted with the Safetytrim wheel nut system which is designed to prevent wheel losses.