A trailer is a trailer so long as it serves your needs. Does brand integrity really matter? Chances are, you’ve already answered this question in your head. What was your answer? To many, this statement might be very true. Unless, you’ve been in a position to make you think twice, why shouldn’t it be? And it might be…true. That is, until your life and the lives of your animals count on it.
How important is brand integrity then? See, these are things that we think about before your trailer is ever drawn in CAD. This is something that our owners, engineers and purchaser think and re-think and think some more over. These are questions that this manufacturer does not take lightly. So WHAT is in a Hart trailer?
Well first, lets take a look at why it matters in the first place. Here Robert recounts the day that the structural and brand integrity of his Hart stepped up to the plate.
That is what we want you to know! Rather than hide the components that make up our trailers we want to take you inside and out of every aspect that makes your Hart a HART!
Rectangular upright posts
- 33% stronger than the C-shaped posts used by most manufacturers.
Heavy duty channel-type-double-framed insulated doors
- a quality detail pioneered by HART that is stronger, more durable and weather resistant.
Integrated I-beam cross members on 6″ centers
- the closest in the industry
Heavy duty door hinges
- 1/4″ thick wall aluminum extrusion stock with pressed-in stainless steel hinge pins with stainless steel washers between upper and lower half of the hinge, quality unmatched in the industry
Superior gooseneck hitch assembly
- 42″ long structural support gusset from coupler to steel assembly, the strongest in the industry
6″ radius top rail .125″ thick
- Welded and cam-bolted to full length 1″ x 2.5″ rectangular tube.
Fully insulated, 1/2″ thick fiberglass composite roof panel
- the ultimate in climate control, quietness and strength.
Interlocking, tongue and groove floor
- the strongest flooring POSSIBLE
- .140″ thick, 20% thicker than the industry ‘standard’
These are the flagship features that make a Hart trailer, a HART. It’s not just about a name, or a sticker, or a preconceived notion about our product. It’s about how our product can be used, and used, and used again and still maintain the same integrity that it left our floor with. It’s about standing up to the pressure when it really counts. When everything is on the line. When all bets are off and its about the guts and the workmanship of the trailer.
You see…these features are not industry ‘standard’. If we were only satisfied with meeting an industry ‘standard’, we could build a trailer with much less cost, much less time and a much larger profit margin. If an industry standard was our greatest concern, we’d build a trailer unworthy of the integrity that we have spent the last fifty-one years cementing behind our name. But it’s never been about an accepted standard for us.
It’s always been about building a trailer that would do the job and then some. Building a trailer that you pay for ONCE and that continues to give back. Most of all it has been about building a trailer that we are proud of that keeps it’s occupants as safe and as comfortable as possible. Safety and integrity are number one for us. We hope that none of our Hart owners ever have to find out how tough their trailer really is. But in the case that you do find yourself in the middle of the fire, we want you to know that we’ve done our very best to have your back. Not just once, but for the life of the trailer. We care. We are Hart trailer owners as well and we have to have the same faith that you do when we load up our loved ones to go down the road.
For more photos of Roberts accident, check out the photos below!
You can see where the radius corner post came into play. It is still hard to imagine that the car that hit him was doing roughly 65 miles per hour while Robert remained at a standstill. After the accident, the emblem of the other vehicle was found in his rear rack compartment.
The impact of the crash pushed the trailer off of the ball and into the truck.
Fortunately, the horses only had a couple of scrapes and nothing major other than being a tad shaken up from the accident. This in itself is a true miracle!
You can see the door from the rear tack compartment. Overall, the horse compartment aside from a busted divider latch remained very much intact.
Thank you Robert for sharing your story with us and for allowing us to give everyone a first hand look at the outcome. We give thanks to God for protecting you and your horses as well as the others involved.
Until next time,
Amanda Williams / Media & Marketing