How To Build a Dry Freight Body
START BY ASKING:
What is your business?
What are you hauling?
How do you load/unload?
What is your present equipment?
When do you need delivery?
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q. What lengths, widths and heights are required?
A. Available — lengths 10′- 28′, widths 96″ and 102″, heights 79″, 85″, 91″, 97″, 103″ and 109″.
Q. Are there any critical dimensions such as overall length, width or height?
A. Special lengths, widths and heights available upon request.
Q. What type of body construction is required?
A. Aluminum sheet and post or FRP — Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood.
Q. What interior liner do you require?
A. Plywood, slats, scuff, with FRP — Liner not required.
Q. How is your cargo restrained?
A. “E” or “F” track, tie rings, surface or recessed mount. Reminder: specify location!NOTE: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations stipulate that the owner / operator is at all times responsible for insuring cargo is properly secure at all times.
Q. What are your side and rear door requirements?
A. A variety of panel door options, plastic and aluminum covered overhead for rear and side; and a sliding or overhead side door with recessed step.
Q. What about company color and graphics?
A. Prepainted sheets and panels, custom paint and decal installation.
Q. How do you load & unload?
A. Several different forklift/pallet jack options are available, including additional crossmembers,threshold plate, reinforced rear end plate, reinforced front end, heavy duty floor.
Q. What interior/exterior lighting options do you require?
A. Interior lighting available in incandescent, fluorescent and LED versions. Exterior lighting available in incandescent or LED versions. Recessed taillights available in SOME rear frames.
Q. Is there a liftgate required?
A. Cycle time is one of the most critical items to help determine which liftgate is appropriate. Ask how many times the liftgate will be operated. Liftgate options include tuck away, conventional and rail type models. (Please consider platform size and capacity, bumper type, structural or fabricated.) Stop, turn and taillights provided with chassis or recessed in corner post. (Recessed in corner post feature suggested with tuck under liftgate application.)
Q. What bumper, step and/or ramp requirements are necessary?
A. Bumper options include standard DOT under ride and step bumpers; folding steps are available; walk ramp options include Morgan standard or ventilated with available spring assist for easier operation. NOTE: For rear finish you should be asking about dock loading or ground loading / unloading to make sure the correct type of bumper / step is offered. NOTE: Certain state laws dictate rear vision detections or appropriate warning / safety devices be installed. Morgan Corporation offers various safety related items to fill those requirements.
- Morgan Olson’s Aerodynamic front end and corner caps increase fuel efficiency and help reduce damage / minimize repairs.
- Fully sealed, plugged together wiring for exterior clearance and ID lighting.
- Lifetime warranty on LED clearance and marker lighting.
- Two 5/16″ screws per floor-board, staggered pattern stabilizes cross members.