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Take a tour of this incredible Featherlite pro race transporter


Hello, I’m Mike Galvin the Senior
Specialty Sales manager here at Featherlite Trailers. Today we’re going
to do a walk-through of one of our new transporters that we build for many of
the different race people throughout the United States. This is one of the latest models and I
hope you enjoy the tour. First off, one of the great features to
any Featherlite race transporter is the all-aluminum lift gate. This gate is
rated at six thousand pounds. It has a capacity to bring one car at a time up to
the upper deck. It has a two stage motor in it so that you can start off kind of
slow on the operation of it and then it will speed up so that you can get the
car loaded a little quicker than what you would. As the gate comes down it’ll
hang off a bit short changed to start with. As soon as it catches on to the the
longer chains then you disconnect the short chains which helps stow the gate.
And you disconnect your light cord so that you can make the operation of the gate work a little simpler. There’s a little six way pronged curly cord that unlocks the gate
lights so you can have the operation of the of the the tail lights and brake
lights as you travel and down the road. Again, the two-stage motor helps prolong
the motor it helps prolong your corner braces. You get to this level you unhook your short chains. There a little cover so that you’re not
scratching the side of the trailer up. Then you bring the gate all the way to the down position. There’s a ramp flap that comes off at the gate so you can load your car onto the lift gate
itself and then get ready to bring it up to the upper deck of the trailer. The
operation of the lift gate – there’s two screws, one on each side. Its all-electric
driven – we have a backup system within our lift gate so that if the generator
fails for some reason, you can always run the gate up and down and load your
trailer with a drill. Once again as the gate hits the ground, you flip this
extension over, load your car on. There are wheel chocks that go to the back end of
the vehicle so your vehicle has a less likely chance of rolling off the back
end of it – setting it into gear, what have you. At
that point you go back up with the gate and it’ll bring it up to the upper level
of the trailer. All of our lift gate are equipped with
limit switches. What the limit switch does – once you get to the up position
it’ll automatically turn itself off so that you’re not bringing in the gate up
through the top end of the screws. The upper deck on this trailer is 61 inches. You get any of the Camping World Truck
Series trucks in it. It’ll also work for just about any race vehicle that most
people are gonna have for it. I’ll run the gate up all the way – keep my hand on
the button and show you how it automatically will shut itself off. Now
is just about up to the top, my hand still on… The limit switch shut
the power to the gate off so that you’re not running it through the top of the
screw blocks. You can look at drill up to this point rate here and you can operate
the gate from from this position with an electric drill. It’s a nice backup in
case something does happen you’re not relying on a hydraulic system that will
leak off. This trailer is equipped with a 10:1 spread axle. What that does you – can distribute your weight a little bit
better through the trailer. This trailer is rated at twenty thousand pounds per
axle. We run 275 – 22.5 tires on this, so you can get a max load running down the
road and not be blowing tires and having tire problems. We also equip
any of the spreads with air ducts. These are the machined ducts that we came out
with a few years ago. They seem to work a little bit better than the intakes. With
the room between the spread axle, we give the racer a compartment to put
some of the dirty things in. This is equipped with a coach style door. It’s
our two inch double sealed door which means there’s two seals within this
door to eliminate any water coming in and out of it. There’s a stainless steel
grab handle on the side so the ease of operation is as simple as shutting a car door. The trailer is also equipped with backup lights, so if you’re backing up –
you need lights on the side as you’re entering somewhere, you can flip a
switch and it’ll illuminate the side of the trailer
so it’s a little easier to see where you’re going. We’ve also got a viewing platform on
this trailer so when you’re at the race track, you can be on top of the
trailer, observing what’s going on with the race. Most of the circle track guys will work
out of the back end of their trailer. So every Featherlite is equipped with the
set of steps at the back end of it. A lot of the IndyCar guys and NHRA type
people. Those types of racers – most of those will work out of the side of the trailer.
We also have a set of steps there for them. This trailer is equipped with rear
pocket doors – they’re stainless steel on the outside. They have a one-way glass so that you can see
out – people can’t see in. Then they slide into a pocket so they’re not visible
from the outside. This way you can have some of your sponsors on the back end of
it when you’re doing a TV interview – what have you – you have that over your
shoulder and people can see who your sponsors are. As we enter into the back of the trailer –
this trailer is equipped with crew lockers at the back end, so all the
different crew members will have their own personalized spot for their
belongings in the trailer when they’re at a race weekend. All the crew lockers
or the crew cabinets are equipped with the 110v outlet so the guys can charge
their iPads charge their cellphones whatever the case may be. All the
cabinets in this trailer with the exception of the the tool boxes, are all
laminate cabinets. Again, we build that all in house in our cabinet shop. This
particular one has a gloss black cabinet with a carbon look for the door. I do them
in gloss so you get the most shine off of it. They’re a lot easier to clean, they
don’t show as many fingerprints. All of our full height cabinets or taller cabinets
are equipped with adjustable shelves. We also have Euro hinges on all of our doors. What that hinge will allow you to do is, you can adjust the door as you get
age in the trailer and things move around a little bit. All of our cabinets are
built with bottoms, tops – all three sides. So you have a good structure to the cabinet itself. It’s not just sitting there where you can see the the backs of the exposed
posts and wires and all that. All the adjustable shelves come with shelf stays,
you can make any arrangements that you need to. There’s a front face on it so
they will hold some weight inside of the cabinet also. Under all of our work
benches, again, we either have the swing doors like or we can do drop down doors.
Again they’re equipped with the Euro hinges. Some customers prefer to have
some pull out drawers. It’s a little easier when you getting in your food
areas or into some of the things we have to store – decals, what have you… All the
work benches have a brushed stainless steel top counter. At the back splash, it’s
all one continuous piece. So you don’t have liquids and some of the fluids you work
with, caught into those seams. We have 110 volt outlets in the back and they do have a box in the back of them so they meet code. And this trailer is also equipped so you can hook up nitrogen bottles to the air couplers here. We can also,
as an option, add an air compressor if you’d prefer to have that. We have
overhead cabinets above here. They’re tall enough to put aerosol cans
in. Some people use it for rechargeables – whatever the case may be. This trailer
also is equipped with LED lighting, completely 12 volt either in the lower deck
here or in the upper deck. Later we’ll show you the upper deck that is
LED strip lighting in it. This trailer is equipped with air
conditioning. It has three different zones within it. This is a 14,000 BTU Cruisair here that
helps cool the back end of the trailer. There’s another unit like that in the
front wall that will help blow air down the center aisle, so you’re not just air
conditioning the cabinet across from it. It helps cool the trailer. As we move
further into the trailer, we get into the cart cabinets. These are all set up so that
you can run carts into here. There’s a tie-down track on the ceiling and on the
floor of the cabinet so that you can secure the carts into it. We put a Teflon
strip high and low in the cabinet so as you’re putting the cart and it’s not
scratching of the aluminum lining for you. And this trailer has two cart cabinets on this side of the trailer. This trailer is also equipted with an access hatch to the
upper deck. Some guys will use it to either tie down the back of the front
car or the front of the rear car. It has a sliding stainless steel door that’s on
Teflon slides so it’s easy for you to slide it up and down. As we get closer to the front end of the
work area is where we put the kitchenette in this particular trailer. Some people
want the kitchenette closer to the lounge / engineering area, some of the
teams would rather have the kitchenette toward the back end of the trailer. This
one has an 8.3 cubic foot refrigerator The refrigerator works off of 110 and 12 volts, so as your running down the road there’s a provision within the wiring of this
trailer that will draw 12 volt power and help keep the refrigerator cool in here.
It also has a microwave. Again overheads for some of the food and that type of thing.
This workbench also has kind of a double duty. We put the engine compartments
underneath this workbench also. This particular unit is set up with two
engine compartments in it and they just pin into to the floor and the trigger
latches lock that in place so your motors are secured in there. On the
other side of the trailer, we have another workbench, roller drawer cabinets
underneath it. Again you have overhead cabinets for miscellaneous
things that you need. We also put LED lighting underneath all of our overhead
cabinets so they light up the workbench area little bit better. As we get to the front
of the work area, this is where the shock guy does all his work. The shock dyno
would sit on the stand here. He would have a monitor on the side wall here. We
do stainless steel walls so it gets a little more reflective and a little lighter in
this area. He’s got his own work bench to take care
of all the things that he needs to do when he’s working on the shocks. And then again he’s got a roller drawer cabinet so that he can keep all his tools – the
things that he needs for the shocks right in one area. As we get to the front
of the trailer by the side door, this is where all of our generator
controls are, our light switches, the exhaust fan. The generator controls will
tell you how many amps you’re drawing, the temperature of the water, the oil
pressure, the oil temperature, how many hours are on
the generator. It’s kind of the brains of the generator for the trailer. All your rocker arm & light switches are here
at the door also and then we also equip the trailer with an exhaust fan. What
that exhaust fan will do, is, either prior to you loading the trailer, or off
loading the trailer, it gets awfully hot in the upper deck on a hot day. So we flip the switch –
it draws all the hot air out of the upper deck and makes a little more
comfortable for you when you’re offloading the trailers. Now we’re in the front of the
trailer. Some people refer to it as the lounge some will refer to it as
engineering area. This is equipped with three stations for engineers to sit at –
two at the rolling chairs, one in the corner, which normally, is the most
comfortable spot. We’ve got a monitor on the side wall which is for the satellite
dish that’s on the top of the generator’s compartment. That dish is an
HD dish, so that you get the best picture possible on it. Then we have
overhead cabinets up here for plenty of storage. Its air conditioned up here.
The air conditioning coming through the roof, so you get good evening air
conditioning throughout the whole lounge area. We’ve got LED lighting throughout
the lounge. It’s equipped with an AV rack so that you can network everything
throughout the trailer. Everybody can print from different areas of the
trailer to a printer that most of the teams will put up in the front corner in
the trailer. On the back wall of the trailer, they’ve got a driver’s locker. There’s a owners locker, if you will. Some will be the crew chief. And then again
all your lights air conditioning and everything, is right around the corner
here. Now we’re in the upper deck of the trailer.
As you can tell, it’s a little shorter up here, but all we need to do at this point
is get the vehicles in here, so you can get to the racetrack. The back end of the
trailer at the opening has a split naugahyde cover so as you run down the
road it helps keep the outside elements out of the trailer. The interior of the
upper deck is all lined and insulated. It’s lined with a gloss white aluminum so you have plenty of light in here and your lighting is drawn through two strip lights on each side wall so you have plenty of lights to tie the vehicles down. At the back end of the
trailer here, we have a door that opens up so that you can network while you’re up on
the viewing platform and have access to everything that you would have all your
in the engineering area. At the back end of the trailer here also, we store our ladders. What these ladders are, is when your gate is in the out position, there’s a ladder
from the ground to the gate, and then another ladder that goes from the gate
up to the viewing platform so that you can get up there safely and easily. All right, at the front end of the
trailer in the upper deck, we’ve got our electrical panel up here. It’s equipped
with your service panel, there’s a power converter. Your 12 volt fuses are up
here. There’s also a transfer switch and what the transfer switch does is, when
you’re plugged in, it’s only going to allow one power to come into the trailer.
That door is vented so you’re not overheating any of that equipment. We also have an access door to the back of your IT cabinet. In the front
engineering area it allows you to have a little bit more flexibility on how you
hook up all your equipment and the ease of doing that. At the front of the
work of the upper deck there is an aluminum roll up door. This will allow
you to shut the upper deck keep the air conditioning down in the work area, but
you just roll it up and then it allows you access to the front end of the car here. Now we are at the outside of the trailer
again – we’re toward the front end of the unit. In the stainless steel compartment
on the front end, is where we house our generator. And our generator sits on the
top of that compartment, it draws air from the outside, pulls it across the
generator, through the radiator, and exhaust that radiator and generator
noise out the top of the trailer along with the muffler. By doing that we keep
the trailer lot more quiet. You don’t notice it on the inside – you don’t notice
it on the outside. The generator also is equipped with air bags, so as it’s
running, it’s basically floating in air. You don’t get the vibration – you don’t get
the noise. It’s just a lot more comfortable for you in the engineering area. The generator compartment is also equipped with the 50 gallon fuel tank. That fuel tank is gonna run you through most every
weekend that you’re gonna be at a racetrack. In that area, also, there’s a
storage section in the center. Some people use that for an air
compressor area, others will use it for extra fuel – whatever the case may be for
that added storage area that you need. All of our Featherlite trailers are
built from the ground up.We basically start with two axles – build our own sub-frame
and then build the shell from that subframe to the finished product that
you see here. This trailer has smooth side sheets. There’s no rivets on the outside
which make it a lot nicer for your graphics to go on. Makes it a cleaner look
as your running down the road for your potential sponsors. About 90% of this
trailer is all aluminum. The side posts are aluminum. All your cross members
underneath the trailer are aluminum. It has a 3/16″ plate floor. We don’t start with the
shell and put in interior and it. We purpose-build every trailer for each
racer that orders one. We started the first trailer in 1991, and all but I
believe three of them, are still on the road today. In closing I hope you
enjoyed the trip through our new Featherlite trailers much as we enjoyed
bringing it to you. You can tell from in the background – you got the name, you’ve got the number, you’ve got our website! Visit us on Facebook so you know next time when you need an all aluminum trailer, you know the right people to contact!
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