Thunder Creek Multi-Tank Trailers Transport Diesel

Oct. 1, 2015

According to Thunder Creek Equipment, Multi-Tank Trailers (MTT) can legally transport bulk diesel on the road without requiring drivers to maintain a CDL or HAZMAT endorsement.

The trailers are available in 460-, 690- and 920-gallon capacities, and fuel is isolated in four, six or eight separate 115-gallon, DOT-compliant non-bulk tanks. Tanks are joined by a manifold to a common pump, creating complete isolation during transport and controlled dispensing of fuel at the jobsite. The new trailers are built with 10-gauge steel and are supported by the company’s three-year tank and frame warranty. Each trailer is built to maintain a low profile and is configured, says the company, to provide optimal balance and a smooth ride at highway speeds or in off-highway situations. 

The MTT concept originated, says the company’s Luke Van Wyk, general manager, “from a very specific construction industry need to haul bulk fluids from jobsite to jobsite without CDL and HAZMAT licensing. With the shortage of skilled labor in the construction market today, and the difficulty in finding and retaining certified drivers, these new trailers allow any worker with a valid driver’s license to haul the trailers within federal regulations.”   

According to Van Wyk, the new trailers help contractors handle bulk diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid without the cost of a larger, full-sized fuel truck or third-party delivery service. The trailers feature a 25-gpm pump, 10-micron fuel filter and a 35-foot auto-retracting hose reel. Options include an ISO-compliant 4-micron fuel filter (ISO 4406) and 50-foot hose reel.

Each trailer can be outfitted with a 100-gallon DEF tank that features Thunder Creek’s closed DEF delivery system, including the patent-pending 2-in-1 DEF pumping system.

This system connects the DEF tank with the bulk DEF container through a closed coupler. On the jobsite, the coupler is replaced with a DEF nozzle for dispensing into the machine, ensuring minimal exposure of DEF to contaminants. Each DEF tank leaves the factory cleaned and sealed to the ISO 22241 specifications.  

Each trailer also is available with an optional rear utility box to provide all of the tools and materials needed to complete regular daily maintenance activities. These utility boxes can be customized to each individual customer with the inclusion of toolboxes, a workbench with vise and Thunder Creek’s 3-in-1 welder/generator/air compressor unit. Additional options and custom features include Thunder Creek’s Work-Sight light tower, Field Max tires, 35-pound grease kit, aluminum wheels, solar battery charger, electric/hydraulic jack and a stainless-steel trim/fender upgrade.