Rhino Trailers demonstrates its versatility with an 8×4 and six-axle dog.

The Australian trailer industry continues to set global standards through its ability to provide innovative solutions that raise productivity while ensuring the highest possible standards of safety.

The introduction of Performance Based Standards (PBS), has enabled companies such as Rhino Trailers to expand its expertise into new truck and trailer configurations, building its market share while strongly supported by the reputation and ability of other divisions that make up The Davey group.

As the parent company of Rhino Trailers, The Davey group is well known throughout Queensland for the diversity of its manufacturing operations which sees it specialise in three areas – engineering, road transport and Ag & Forestry.

The engineering division specialises in large, complex industrial equipment, storage solutions, materials handling, processing plants and supporting plant infrastructure. The size of the group and its network of suppliers allow the company to ramp up capacity to handle larger project work very quickly and effectively. 

Operating from a modern 39,000² metres facility including over 8,000² metres of workshops serviced by overhead cranes, it has the capacity to undertake jobs up to $10m in value. The workshop site has 8000² m of hardstand area for storage and loading.

A 1500m2 Abrasive Blasting and Protective coatings facility that was commissioned in 2013 includes a 23m x 6.2m x 6.2m “Environmentally Friendly” abrasive blast chamber capable of using all types of material for surface preparation. Also on site is a 24-metre heated booth that compliments the baking oven. Operating as the premium protective coating facility for the entire region, this unit is capable of all types of protective coatings to exact Australian Standards and International specifications.

The SBT Division (Silo, Bin and Tank Engineering Pty Ltd) manufactures a variety of different storage solutions for a number of industries, with a large range of conical based silos in capacities from 6t through to 1200t for farm and commercial applications.

Continuing its roots in the agricultural segment, the Davey Group also manufactures machinery, with the brands of Savannah Forestry Equipment, AFM (Australian Farm Machinery), manufacturer of tillage equipment, Grainmaster Silos and the Homan brand of earthmoving buckets, blades, cutter bars, drawbars and ploughs.

The Davey Group’s road transport division is represented by Rhino Trailers. As an Australian owned and operated road transport trailer manufacturer, Rhino Trailers has a well-established reputation for building quality custom-built semitrailers that date back to 1988, when Australian Farm Machinery purchased O’Phee Manufacturing to create AFM – O’Phee Trailers.

In February 2001, AFM – O’Phee Trailers was purchased by The Davey Group, which resulted in in a division name change to that of Rhino Trailers. The resulting company realignment saw Rhino Trailers develop its product range to offer a wide range of trailer and bodywork designs, encompassing, skeletal trailers, livestock trailers, extendable floats, grain trailers and tippers, B-doubles, road trains, single semi-trailers and multi-axled dog trailers.

The Freightliner 8×4 Argosy tipper shown here and built for a Queensland customer in Kingsthorpe, illustrates the diversity of design available from this Toowoomba based company.

This is the latest Rhino unit to join the fleet of Sleba Farming, which already includes amongst its equipment an aluminium-bodied 8×4 rigid hauling a five-axle dog trailer, also manufactured and supplied by Rhino Trailers.

Configured as a 8×4 rigid and six-axled tipper combination, the Rhino SuperLite trailer includes a RAZOR powered rollover tarp with flexi-bows, aluminium checkered plate trim panels on the drawbar and Hendrickson INTRAAX axles and suspension with a lifting lead axle on the trailer.

Each aluminium body includes rear grain chutes, additional LED reversing lights and reverse cameras. Both the truck body and trailer feature AirTec onboard weighing systems, while the Freightliner Argosy chassis is also fitted with an IcePack 2000-S auxiliary sleeper cab air-conditioning system. Alcoa 8.25×22.5 alloy rims are shod with Kumho 11R22.5 KRTO3 radial ply tyres.

Built to PBS requirements, the equipment incorporates disc brakes with Wabco EBS and ABS together with Wabco Smartboard control, air operated tailgates and double acting hydraulic doors

The WABCO SmartBoard combines the functions of a wide range of trailer monitoring devices that previously had to be separately mounted into a single multi-functional system.

Easy-to-access and easy-to-use, WABCO SmartBoard is available both in a standard version and in a new Adr version developed specifically for use in vehicles carrying hazardous goods.

Some of the features and benefits included in the Smartboard unit enable an operator to monitor records of kilometres travelled, brake lining or disc pad wear, load monitoring, tyre monitoring, air suspension monitoring with axle lift or lower requirements, vehicle inclination warning and advanced braking features together with full immobiliser trailer brake actuation.

General manager of Rhino Trailers Scott Arnold told TrailerTorque the company was experiencing high interest in the growth of the A-double road train segment for 30 metre road trains where operators are looking for higher productivity.

“The A-double road train configuration is certainly growing in popularity, but customers are also looking for diversification where B-doubles as well as rigid truck and trailer combinations provide specific benefits,” said Scott.

“A combination such as the 8×4 Freightliner rigid tipper and six-axle tipping dog trailer can achieve HML Mass weights of 73 tonnes and provide the operator with a payload capability of 49.5 tonnes.

“In terms of volume, the trailer offers 54 cubic metres and that combines with the 8×4 rigid to provide a maximum capacity of 88 cubic metres,” added Scott.

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