Three distinct trailer usage possibilities.
Shown above are common usage scenarios for the XLT system to raise and lower trailers. The biggest concern is SAFETY due to the torque needed to raise/lower trailers. The XLT was designed to allow the driver to SAFELY execute the task of raising and lowering trailers. No injuries to arms/back/shoulders and guaranteed to getting the driver on the road quicker and better rested creating a better driver. TEDs (torque elimination device) were created for that exact reason – SAFETY.
The flexible design of the XLT system means a fleet can decide to fully implement the product which requires a TED trailer plate or bar to be installed on each trailer (time per trailer is typically 5-10 minutes), or not. This takes time due to the number and location of trailers and is generally part of the standard trailer maintenance events. Not to worry though for during that installation time frame the XLT is usable via either the SA (stand alone) drill plate or TED straps which will eliminate the torque needed and allow for SAFELY raising/lowering trailers. If a fleet decides full installation is not desired, the XLT with the SA plate will easily handle the raising/lowering of the trailers safely.
Independent truckers can instantly achieve the XLT benefits as well. The XLT with the SA plate will easily handle the raising/lowering of the trailers or TED straps could be used. The trailer handle can be removed and stored in the cab until the trailer is no longer being used by the driver. It is reattached when the trailer is dropped. Fleets can even “encourage” XLT use by replacing current bolt arrangement with a latch pin to connect the handles. This would be the latch pin that the fast connect coupler attaches to during use to raise/lower the trailer.