Great Dane Introduces New Trailer Safety Features at IFDA Show

(Savannah, Georgia – Oct. 17, 2016) – At the 2016 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference, Great Dane will introduce several new features on its trailers to improve the safety of drivers, pedestrians and the food transported in Everest refrigerated trailers.

Conference attendees can visit Booth #121 to view the Everest Reefer with advanced safety features, including an ASA Electronics wireless backup camera and Grote perimeter and interior LED lighting. Safety is a top priority for Great Dane and is a driving force behind these latest trailer enhancements.

Everest Reefer

The Great Dane Everest reefer features the most advanced void-free insulation foaming process, premium liners and modular panel construction. There is no wood in the trailer. These features provide industry-leading thermal efficiency and a safer, more sanitary cargo container.

For the ultimate interior protection, Great Dane’s patented ThermoGuard liner helps maintain insulation performance for the life of the trailer. Made with a proprietary barrier layer, ThermoGuard reduces cooling run time, helps maintain excess cooling capacity and reduces fuel consumption, so cargo will stay at the right temperature.

The Everest roof system is constructed of lightweight features connected through a bonded process that delivers durability and optimal thermal efficiency. An aluminum roof sheet is supported by extruded aluminum roof bows and is secured to the top rail using a rolled edge design to seal the perimeter against moisture intrusion.

The high-performance floor design protects cargo from underneath and helps ensure proper temperatures. The 16,000-pound-rated aluminum duct floor is automatically welded to seal out moisture, and the composite floor sills are engineered for maximum durability and defense against moisture intrusion.

The Everest is available with multiple side door heights, widths and locations. Great Dane’s unique blade lock side door design holds the door securely closed so cold air stays in. The blade lock exerts constant pressure along the full height of the door, ensuring that the efficient dual-compression seals prevent air loss around the total perimeter of the door.

Wireless Rear-Mounted Camera System

Great Dane and ASA Electronics have introduced the industry’s smallest wireless camera system powered by wireless auto-pairing technology. The rear-mounted camera features an embedded microphone and gives drivers increased awareness of the action behind their rigs on the road, in parking lots and during docking maneuvers.

Drivers see detailed images for a minimum of 22 feet behind the trailer with this system. Additionally, the camera adds eight and a half feet of visibility in each lane adjacent to the trailer, creating a path of rearward sight that is a full 26 feet wide.

ASA’s patented wireless auto-pairing technology requires no wired connector when hooking the truck to the trailer. The wireless technology allows the video and audio from the paired camera to be played through the in-cab monitor. With this system, drivers have a safer rear view that helps them and others on the road.

Enhanced Lighting Systems

Great Dane and Grote have for years partnered to offer innovative lighting technologies that provide optimal illumination and safer workspaces for drivers. Grote exterior perimeter lights feature the latest LED technology to create a safe and productive workplace. The perimeter lights are made with TIR lens optics to maximize the efficiency of the LEDs and ensure every lumen possible is projected in the workspace in and around the trailer.

Grote motion sensor dome lights have a passive infrared (PIR) sensor that shuts off the light to save energy when no one is working around it, and then automatically turns on when movement is detected. It creates a safer workspace that provides light as needed immediately when someone enters the area.


Read about the refrigerated truck bodies that Great Dane showcased at the IFDA show here.

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