The roads are littered with rusted, steel DNA – fossilized particles from corroded steel trailers. Although invisible to the naked eye, trust that the remnants are there, as Einstein proved that matter is neither created nor destroyed.
Nearly three decades ago, FLOE put an end to the era of insanity when snowmobile/recreational trailers were deemed disposable. The enlightened engineers went and pulled the alloy-card, and began constructing trailers with something considered newfangled at the time for trailers: aluminum. The amalgam was lighter than steel, didn’t rust, and to the pleasure of anyone who has moved a load in the last 30-years, was also stronger than Schwarzenegger in his prime.
Maintaining this pioneering legacy, FLOE has recently merged the core properties of aluminum with the most progressive use of highly impact- and UV-resistant polymers. The result is the Cargo Max XRT 8-57, an absolute category-defining utility trailer.
“It’s a game-changer in the utility market,” says FLOE president Don VanderMey. “The Cargo Max is a completely new breed of trailer. It’s lightweight, incredibly strong and has a sort of cool-factor as we’re able to customize the bed shape for both style and functionality.”
The bed is the real story. Formed from high-molecular-weight resins, the finished polymer bed is amazingly impact resistant…and strong. At 8-feet long, with the support of FLOE’s professional-grade aluminum frame, the Cargo Max XRT 8-57 yields a monstrous 1,800 lb. carrying capacity. “That’s enough capacity to tow any ATV, not to mention deer stands and a couple big bucks to go with it,” says VanderMey, a diehard bow hunter and Cargo Max hauler.
The strength of the bed not only comes from its premium polymers, but also its intelligent design. The base of the bed is critically structured with longitudinal ribs to maximize strength and durability. And tucked in the depressions between those ribs you’ll find a series integrated, collapsing tie-downs that connect directly to the Cargo Max XRT’s robust, extruded aluminum frame.
From frame-strength, the conversation shifts to suspension. Whereas the garden-variety utility trailer offers only feeble leaf-springs, the Cargo Max features full rubber torsion independent suspension to keep your driving pleasures peaked even when towing with a small car.
Beyond its raw muscle, the Cargo Max XRT offers a wealth of carefully considered features. For one, commercial grade LED lights are standard. LED’s burn brighter, cooler and won’t pop when they get wet. To that, the wiring harness, which is protected inside the frame, is molded – no shoddy tape-job or exposed wires. A large diameter wheel and tire combination stays cool over long distances. And the grease-hubs are easily juiced without disassembly.
Admittedly, it’s more fun to talk about the recreational aspects of FLOE’s Cargo Max XRT. But honestly, it’s a great workhorse as well. Building treestands and cutting shooting lanes is work, right?
- Trailer weight: 290 lbs.
- Load capacity: 1800 lbs.
- Max. tongue weight: 125 lbs.
- GAWR: 2090 lbs.
- GVWR: 2140 lbs.
- Aluminum tailgate ramp
- Swivel tongue jack
- Upgrade to aluminum mag wheels
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