Aluminum Side Wall Construction Elite engineers each trailer to produce the strongest side wall construction layout available. This gives our trailers strength at critical structural points. Each trailer utilizes 6005 T6 aluminum alloy posts with 8” posts at the drop wall, 5” x 1-3/8” at door & gate openings, and 1-3/8” x 2-1/2” on all other side wall structure posts. The exterior, 6063 aluminum interlocking extruded slat is .125' in thickness. The joints for the interlocking slat allow for a weld surface of up to 2” on the side post. Elite’s tongue and groove slat is designed to accept a smooth aluminum sheet, allowing for better seals, and reducing the chance of leakage. Selected for its excellent corrosive resistance, Elite’s exterior sheets are 3004 aluminum alloy with a H291 temper and a thickness of up to .063'.
Rear Frame The rear frame is supported by a 2-1/2” x 5” upper header of up to a 1/4” thick. Elite utilizes multiple rear frames side posts that are specifically designed for strength. For added strength, the rear frame side post is integrated through the floor into the bottom rail. The rear frame side posts are machine cut to provide a clean, precise fit allowing for a stronger welded structure, resulting in better fitting doors, improved seals, and less noise.
Flooring Elite’s floor structure consists of aluminum I-beams on 9-5/8” centers. The I-beam is 4” in height with an upper 3” flange that is welded to the floor and a lower 2 1/2” flange that is welded to the bottom rail. Elite utilizes a 5086 marine grade, aluminum treadplate floor on top of the structure to provide longer lasting protection against corrosive factors such as livestock urine. The seams and perimeter are welded to add strength and insure against leakage.
Top Rail Elite uses a 5” radius rail with an overall height of 8” with a material thickness of 3/16”. Elite integrates a drip rail to help control streaking. Die lines add to the look while functioning as a guide for uniform placement of fasteners and lighting. Elite uses a continuous top rail piece on each side from front to back, resulting in a stronger, more attractive structure than multiple piece structures used by other manufacturers. The top rail is sanded after production to provide a uniform look and smoothness.
Bottom Rail With a height of 6-3/4” and a thickness of 3/16”, Elite’s bottom rail is one of the biggest in the industry. This engineered extrusion blends structural strength with an attractive appearance. The extrusion is built with an integrated lip that allows the running board to lock in place.
Roof Construction The Elite roof is constructed with 1” x 2-1/2” posts that are strategically placed to ensure the maximum strength based on the size and needs of the trailer. The posts are arched to keep water from standing on the roof, producing a taunt roof sheet, allowing more head room in the center of the trailer. Elite’s one piece roof sheet is made of 3003 H16 aluminum and at .040 thick is 25% thicker than the roof sheet used by most other manufacturers.