Great Dane Announces Two New Features on Freedom XP Flatbed Trailers

(Savannah, Georgia – December 5, 2016) – Great Dane now features the JOST AX150 Alumilight landing gear and a new sliding suspension option on its Freedom XP all-aluminum flatbed trailers. These features have been added as part of Great Dane’s persistent effort to enhance the Freedom XP flatbed trailer and result from collaboration with our supply partners to provide the highest quality, longest lasting equipment.

The JOST AX150 Alumilight landing gear is an aluminum hybrid series built for a maximum static load rating of 160,000 pounds and a rated lift capacity of 55,000 pounds. An all-aluminum extruded upper leg and high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel lower leg provide strength and weight savings.

The landing gear has silicone-sealed steel covers and a polyester-coated HSLA steel lower leg that provide protection from harsh road conditions and chemicals for added corrosion resistance and durability. The AX150 Alumilight series includes a 10-year low-maintenance warranty.

“We are continually working to enhance the features and capabilities of our products by adopting new technologies and working with suppliers to improve product features,” said Roger Roach, director, Freedom Product Engineering.

Great Dane’s new rear axle sliding, front axle fixed suspension option is now available on the 53-foot Freedom XP flatbed. The sliding suspension can be moved from the widespread position to close the tandem distance and be California legal. The distance from the king pin to the center line of the rear axle can be 480 inches in the forward position, 492 inches in the middle position or 540 inches in the rear position. The axle separation distance can be 61 inches, 73 inches or 121 inches.

“Our focus on providing our customers with safe and efficient equipment drives our continuous design improvements,” said Chris Hammond, executive vice president of Sales. “One example of this can be found in our reinforced slider pin holes, which do not require the use of fabricated steel channels or angles like many of our competitors’ products. We worked with our suspension supplier during the early design phase to create a unique beam design that functions with commercially available flatbed bogies without the need for heavy steel adapters. Instead, we use galvanized steel wear pads and pin collars.”

Great Dane is committed to providing the latest innovations to help its customers ensure the safe and efficient delivery of goods. For more information about Freedom XP flatbeds, visit

About Great Dane

Great Dane is the leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial transportation equipment, including dry and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies, as well as steel, aluminum and combo platform trailers. Great Dane has a storied history in the commercial trucking industry and is a driving force in trailer technology, innovation, quality and customer service. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with additional corporate offices in Savannah, Georgia, Great Dane has manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company’s network of corporate-owned branches, full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and used trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Visit Great Dane online at