Upgraded design concept for the Vogelzang roller crane trailers.

BEDUM/KESTEREN- Vogelzang and D-TEC are launching an upgraded version of the Vogelzang roller crane trailer. ‘We have retained the Vogelzang building quality, supplementing it with D-TEC’s standardization principle. By combining the two, we can roll out the upgraded roller crane trailers in the Low Countries and in all of Europe in the long term’, D-TEC CEO Gerrit van Vlastuin explains.

One thing was clear to van Vlastuin prior to the continued development of the roller crane trailers: there could be no concessions whatsoever in terms of the building quality of these trailers. The torsional stiffness of the Vogelzang trailers is their selling point, after all. But it is also a necessity as this structural stiffness is needed to compensate for the load of the roller crane, while loading and unloading. Another distinguishing feature is the unique mechanical steering system; a system whereby the last two axles are steered, for easier manoeuvring on narrow roads. The bumper was also redesigned in accordance with the new European road safety legislation.

Round rear lights
In addition to these fundamental innovations, the detailing of the roller crane trailers has also been improved, with an aluminium rear underrun, with a step bar and a mudguard groove, among others. Thanks to this step bar, the driver can use the bumper as an extra step up, making it easier to reach the steps on the side of the trailer. An ideal feature for drivers who often climb onto the trailer several times a day to load or unload brick or other building materials. Finally, the design also includes an indispensable detail that many customers have come to rely on: the distinctive Vogelzang rear with the round lamps - this design element of the brick trailer has remained intact.

Phased continued development
After these first, recent improvements to the roller crane trailer, D-TEC and Vogelzang intend to gradually develop it further in the coming years to better meet market demand outside the Low Countries (Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands). Van Vlastuin: “In first instance, we are thinking of a variant with a lower deadweight, with three fixed axles.

Loading and unloading on sites that are difficult to access

The Vogelzang rolling crane trailers have a long-standing history. In the 1970s, Vogelzang developed its first steered trailers with a roller crane for the transportation of construction materials (bricks). The design was developed in response to an increasingly pressing problem: how to unload the bricks at construction sites that are often difficult to access and eliminate the need for an external crane. With the launch of a combined trailer and crane in the Netherlands, drivers can now load and unload completely independently, in any place, at a relatively low operating cost. Today, the Vogelzang roller crane trailers are used for several other purposes, including to transport steel road plates, scaffolding materials and concrete slabs.


Film: daily work with a Vogelzang roller crane trailer.