LUCAR Cargo Van: That’s entertainment

Entertainment industry equipment movement specialist, Showfreight, has built a strong reputation in logistic planning and freight forwarding for live events around the country and throughout the world.

Showfreight, a division of Show Group, specialises in carting lighting, sound, video and stage equipment (and everything in between) for local and international touring acts, as well as conducting courier movements for the film, sport and corporate markets.

When there is a live event to be held, there are no second chances. Freight movements need to be carried out on time, every time – and Showfreight ensures this is always the case through the use of carefully selected professional operators combined with quality equipment that is built to go the distance.

The Showfreight fleet is comprised of almost 40 trailers, most of which have been built by LUCAR Cargo Van.

Showfreight’s National Freight Manager, John Kline has experience in show movements dating back over 25 years; and he and the company have had a long association with LUCAR Cargo Van and its founder, Donald E. Gray. “For 30 odd years, Showfreight has been purchasing trailers through LUCAR Cargo Van,” says John. “There are still trailers operating in the fleet that Don built for us almost 25 years ago. We have a few 45ft drop deck trailers, as well as a 41ft trailer still in use. While these trailers aren’t being used quite as much as they used to be, they are still in fairly good condition. They definitely hold together really well and have outlasted many of the trailers we have purchased from other manufacturers.”

In addition to the quality workmanship, John believes that the longevity of the LUCAR trailers is largely attributed to the LUCAR engineered full length chassis. LUCAR says that its chassis are the backbone that provides strength for the super lightweight structure of its Jumbo Vans; and that the design of this chassis has been unique to LUCAR for the past 50 years.

Showfreight’s latest ongoing order of LUCAR tri axle linehaul Jumbo FRP dry freight 24 pallet pantechnicon vans will be based in Melbourne and Sydney, operating Australia wide. The full length chassis on each of these trailers has been fabricated with tapered main rails and hi-tensile grade 350 steel pressed section cross bearers for maximum strength and structural integrity.

“The full length chassis that LUCAR incorporates into our trailers seems to be much stronger and better suited to the work we do. The way we look at it is that they are a much stronger trailer, therefore we get a longer life out of them,” says John.

While LUCAR builds all of its trailers to customer specifications, all trailers manufactured by the company have been designed to be fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.

LUCAR uses high thermal quality FRP walls that allow temperatures of -30ºC to be maintained seamlessly for customers that require refrigerated operations. A woven fibreglass and gel coat finish results in a lightweight but durable panel with excellent flexing properties.

LUCAR has also put a system in place whereby every unit is numbered and replacement parts catalogued to ensure minimal downtime for its customers.

Each of the new trailers purchased by Showfreight also feature two 16ft ramps that slide underneath the trailer between the chassis rails as well as custom made underbody belly boxes with three doors per side and no internal dividers. Along the side walls of the trailers, five rows of E-Track Load Loc have been fitted which are used in order to tie down freight, as well as separate loads by using bars that clip in from one side of the van to the other, essentially creating extra flooring for maximum use of the internal space. The trailers also feature FRP (Fibreglass Reinforced Panel) for the walls, roof and doors; heavy-duty checker plate floors; BPW suspension; a 60 litre water tank; two spare wheel carriers; Jost A400 series heavy-duty landing legs; rear bumpers; and a 9” aluminium scuff band fitted to the walls at pallet level for additional protection.

Already, eight of the new Lucar trailers have been put to work, with the next two trailers scheduled to arrive by mid October, in time for the Metallica ‘World Magnetic Tour’. The tour has already travelled through the UK, Europe, North America and South America and recently started in Melbourne on 13 September before heading to Sydney. The tour is currently in New Zealand and will return to Australia at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 16 October before travelling to Perth, Sydney and Adelaide, and finishing up back in Melbourne.

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