Container Trailer for Container Truck (2018)

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Parts Inventory:
(1.384 parts)

'How does it work' video:

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Of course a trailer needed to be designed for the Container Truck. Although it just seams to be a regular trailer, some functions are interesting to mention. The front rear-wheels can be lifted, the container can be locked with a 'spring' lever to avoid slipping of the trailer during driving, and a brake system is available to avoid the trailer rolling away from the Truck during loading.
Chains can be used to secure the container to the trailer, and when not used, they can be stowed in the storage area on the trailer.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The technic specifications of the 'Container Trailer' are:
* Raise/lower 1st rear-wheel unit by manual turning black 12th double
  bevel gear at both trailer sides (see red arrows).
* Brake system on 2nd rear-wheel unit; required to prevent trailer rolling
  when the truck loads a container on it (see blue arrows).
* Container ‘locking system’.


Non-technic functions are:
* Chain storage area on the front side of the loading floor.
* Chain connection points to secure the container.
 

 

 

 

 

 

The dimensions of Container Trailer
* Length: 49 cm
* Width: 14,5 cm
* Height: 10,5 cm
* Height with loaded Container: 19 cm
* Weight: 0,8 kg

* Total number of parts: 792 (trailer) & 592 (container)
 

Photo-shoot (The Netherlands):
* Truck & Trailer: Amsterdam Rijnkanaal thv Loenersloot
* Trailer: Dijk langs Bijleveld thv Kockengen
* Container: Lekdijk thv Uitwijk

 

 

 

 

How to load a container on the trailer:
Maybe you have noticed it on highways, when passing by a container truck combination; the container on the trailer does always face backwards. This is because the container is pushed on the trailer from the rear-side. The following pictures show how this is done in real (and LEGO®) life.

First the container is loaded halfway on the truck; if this is done the liftplatform is lowered completely. After that, the truck is navigating precisely in-line with the trailer, but from the rear-side of the trailer. Make sure the trailer has it's brakes on, otherwise the truck pushes the trailer away. At that moment, the liftplatform with the container is lifted and the container can be unwinded on the trailer by the cable-system. In the occassion the container does not slide very well on the trailer bed, the truck drives slightly away from the trailer together with unwinding the cable-system. If the container drops from the liftarm, the truck drives backwards to the trailer, pushing the container by the trucks rear-bar.

Quite an interesting way to load a container, and challenging to reproduce it with this model :-)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play-ability
As mentioned earlier, loading a container on the trailer only using remote controls is a real challenge!


 

 

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