Vehicle maintenance: Thunder Creek Equipment 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 at any time after purchase.
The new SLT features a modular tank design that is capable of holding 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, 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,” says Luke Van Wyk, general manager, Thunder Creek Equipment. “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. All together, 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.”
New SLT Provides Greater Flexibility and Customization
The redesigned front-end allows for an additional 100-gallon DEF storage tank and Thunder Creek’s proprietary 2-in-1 closed DEF distribution system. This can either be included at the time of purchase or field installed at a later date. The new front enclosure is 23 percent larger than the previous model, and the rear utility box is 56 percent larger. These newly enlarged spaces give owners the opportunity to add toolboxes, workbenches, grease delivery systems and added oil/fluid capacity.
In addition to fluid delivery, the SLT is outfitted with either a combination generator/air compressor or an optional 3-in-1 welder/generator/air compressor. This helps power the pneumatic pumps for fluid delivery and other jobsite tools needed for field maintenance. An optional WorkSight Light Tower with powerful LED lights is also available for performing service work at night.
The SLT retains many of the design and performance features of the previous model, including 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 for those who prefer to run the air off of their truck.
The redesigned front-end and chassis also helps make the trailer more maneuverable, and it features better access to working areas via hatch-style doors and ergonomically positioned components. The fenders are removable, and holes are pre-drilled into the frame to move the axle position and ensure proper weight distribution for owners who add features after the initial purchase.
The new SLT is manufactured in Pella, Iowa and features Thunder Creek’s three-year tank warranty.