Thunder Creek Equipment, Pella, Iowa, has redesigned its service and lube trailer (SLT) to include a new chassis and front-end design, expanded storage in the front and rear utility boxes and a modular design that allows owners to add new features and components.
The SLT’s redesigned tank is designed to hold 440 gallons of fluid in up to eight tanks with combinations of 25, 55 and 110 gallons. This can include tanks for diesel fuel, oil delivery (engine or hydraulic), used oil reclamation, grease delivery, antifreeze, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and other fluids based on field maintenance needs.
“The Thunder Creek SLT provides a significantly lower total cost of ownership compared to full-sized lube trucks with similar capacities and functions,” Luke Van Wyk, general manager of Thunder Creek, says. “We give equipment managers the flexibility to customize their trailer with up to eight fluids, plus separate solutions for DEF and grease in the newly expanded front and rear compartments. Altogether, it is one of the most comprehensive field maintenance solutions available to heavy equipment fleet operations today.
“The ability for owners to easily field install many of these options after their purchase, such as the DEF system and the rear utility box, further allows the trailer to grow with their field service needs,” Van Wyk says.
The redesigned front-end allows for an additional 100-gallon DEF storage tank and Thunder Creek’s two-in-one closed DEF distribution system. This can either be included at the time of purchase or field installed. The new front enclosure is 23 percent larger than the previous model, and the rear utility box is 56 percent larger.
In addition to fluid delivery, the SLT is outfitted with either a combination generator/air compressor or an optional three-in-one welder/generator/air compressor. This is designed to power the pneumatic pumps for fluid delivery and other job site tools needed for field maintenance. An optional WorkSight light tower with LED lights is also available for performing service work at night.
The SLT retains features of the previous model, such as 10-gauge steel tanks, interior LED lighting and the pneumatic pumping system with reels up to 75-feet long. The trailer can be purchased without the rear utility box and combination generator/air compressor.
The redesigned front-end and chassis is designed to help make the trailer more maneuverable and is designed with better access to working areas through hatch-style doors and ergonomically positioned components. The fenders are removable, and holes are predrilled into the frame to move the axle position and ensure proper weight distribution for owners who add features after the initial purchase.