Heavy Duty


Why is Cronkhite Different & Better?

Oak Deck Floors

It is widely recognized in the industry by trailer manufactures and dealers that the trailer deck floor receives the most abuse of any single trailer component. It will be the first component to be replaced and it will be replaced many times espically if the deck floor is pine or pressure treated pine. Pine is readily available, relativity inexpensive, it grows fast, but it has little or no strength. It is light it is not durable and does not withstand the outside elements of weather much less the demands of heavy equipment.

Oak is the strongest most durable, the densest wood in the forest. It is also harder to find, takes longer to grow and more expensive to buy. In addition, our oak comes from the far northern parts of the US where the wood grain structure is tighter/stronger due to the colder temperatures than the same wood harvested from the southern states. Because of oak wood’s inherent strength and structure, it will withstand the heavy use and abuse that other deck materials cannot withstand. We understand the tough and demanding payloads that these trailers have to deliver. Rather than build something to meet the “minimum standards” we build trailers to higher quality standards to ensure a long life with minimal maintenance, repair, or replacement. It cost us more to do it right the first time but saves you more money in the long run.

Conduit Protected Wiring System

Wiring problems on some trailer brands are a frequent complaint of operators. If the wiring system of a trailer fails, you are out of business until the failure is detected and corrected. These electrical problems are virtually eliminated because of our wiring system management. The electrical wires are encased in steel conduit that runs throughout and above the trailer frame and deck. The conduit provides an “extra” measure of protections against ice, water, road debris, and the harmful chemical effects of a long cold winter that can cause many electrical problems. Most trailers do not use any conduit protection and rely solely on a thin rubber casing (called a sealed system) to protect the internal wires. This is not very durable or dependable in comparison to extra conduit protection.

Wiring connections on a Cronkhite trailer are made inside a steel junction box that is located at the front of the trailer for easy access.  2nd generation LED lights are used in ALL locations. Stop, Turn, Tail and Clearance lights.  LED lights will virtually last the entire life of the trailer and add to the low maintenance and longevity of a Cronkhite trailer

We also incorporate thick gauge wiring for our trailer brakes to make sure the brakes receive full power to stop the trailer. The best break controller and electric brakes can quickly become inferior if the brake wire is too light to transmit full power to the brakes. This wiring is slightly more expensive, but it is well worth it as it reduces maintenance issues.

Heavy Duty Dexter Drop Axle Brake & Suspension System

We use Heavy Duty Dexter drop axle, brake, and suspension are standard on a Cronkhite trailer, not an upgrade. We utilize the heavy duty components to ensure trouble free performance, extended trailer life, less required maintenance.

A Cronkhite trailer is designed to eliminate time consuming maintenance where ever possible. Our axle standards include an EZ Lube System which simplifies the required lubrication maintenance. Simply remove a plug from the axle hub and lubricate both the inner and outer bearings from a single grease zirk.  A complete bearing repack in just seconds. No disassembly required. Quick, EZ, and convenient.

Each Cronkhite trailer also has Automatic Self Adjusting Brake System that is standard, not an upgrade. No need for manual maintenance adjustments. The system works every day to automatically adjust break tension so you stop safely. In addition, we utilize heavy duty 12’ x 2” brakes that are found on all 4 wheels, not just one set of axles. Safe stop every time!

Ultra Low Decks

Trailer manufactures and  engineers recognize that a low center of gravity on a trailer is highly desirable to enhance the towing performance, increase trailer maneuverability, and ensure safe and low loading/unloading operations.

Many equipment trailers have a 20”- 22” –  24” or 26” deck height. Most Cronkhite trailers have a deck height of just 15” or 16”. We accomplish the lowest possible deck height by utilizing the combination of 2 different components. The first is using angle steel ( “L”- Shaped) vs channel steel (“C” – shaped). Angle steel allows us to weld the frame for the deck in the lowest possible position. Down to the base of the “L” vs half way up the “C”.

The other part of the equation in getting an ultra-low deck is using 4” drop axles.  This keeps the deck 4” lower than a straight axle. That makes a big difference!  The wall of the drop spindle  is a precision machined forged iron.  This helps the trailer to withstand heavier loads and extends the life of the trailer many years.

True Track Tongue Design

This unique tongue design features an underslung type A- frame that increases the side to side strength of the trailer frame, reduces frame flex or twisting, and allows lower Hitch heights and better turning radius. This is accomplished by transferring the weight of the load further back onto the trailer frame and deck which reduces metal fatigue and premature failure. This True-Track tongue design results in a smoother superior towing experience, enhanced safety control, better turning radius and adds to the long dependable life of a Cronkhite trailer.

Worker Craftsmanship

Cronkhite Trailers are famous for the quality, depth, smoothness, and integrity of each and every weld.  Our welders are well trained, committed, and dedicated to building a quality trailer with quality materials.

They take pride in their work and pride in their workmanship. We lay down a deep, smooth and continuous weld pattern.