AutoHold trailer fetches $88,000 at Natroad auction

Port Macquarie based Jim Pearson Transport adds yet another Freighter to its big fleet

AutoHold trailer fetches $88,000 at Natroad auction
Jim Pearson (left) with Freighter general manager Mario Colosimo


One of the highlights of the Natroad annual conference is the MaxiTrans and Thermo King Auction Dinner.

This year the big ticket item to raise funds for Natroad was a brand new Freighter Autohold trailer.

The air-powered tautliner opens and closes with the push of a button, and is combined with Freighter’s LoadHold load restraint curtains.

MaxiTrans says the new system isn’t affected by wind; reduces loading and unloading times; and reduces the chance of driver injury.

Worth more than $90,000, the trailer was auctioned off for very close to that -- $88,000.

And the successful bidder? None other than Jim Pearson, owner of Jim Pearson Transport, a big east coast operator which already owns about 350 MaxiTrans trailers, most of them Freighters, and has been buying them for decades.

So why did JPT fork out for the AutoHold?

"Mainly to support the industry," says Jim, whose father – also named Jim Pearson – is a former president of the Long Distance Road Transport Association. (The LDRTA is one of the precursors of Natroad, along with the old National Transport Federation).

"It will be interesting to try out the new technology of the curtains," Pearson says.

"We’re always interested in that sort of stuff. We want to evaluate it and see how it goes."

The new trailer will be pulled by one of Jim Pearson Transport’s Freightliners, most of them Argosys but also some Coronado 114s the company is trialling.

JPT has about 150 B-double sets, most of them running between Sydney and Brisbane with three-part changeovers. HQ is in Port Macquarie with depots in Sydney and Brisbane and changeover depots at Taree and Grafton.

The company does a lot of work for the major retailers.

The auctioned trailer features and was supported by Hendrickson suspension, Alcoa wheels, Bridgestone Ecopia tyres and Glasurit paint.

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