How We Do It
Using over 100 years of combined industry experience, we’ve chosen the best products in the industry to create vehicles to fit our customer’s unique needs. Often times, we borrow technologies and development methods from the high-performance yacht and marine industries where everything must stand up to the harshest of environments.
We’ve selected high end fabrics, electronics, power systems, plumbing, and finishes. We have the availability to finish our wood cabinetry using ultra-high end urethane and polyester finishes used primarily in the corporate jet industry. We have the capability to install solid surface counter tops using materials such as Corian, granite and marble, furniture finished with leather and Ultra-leather, and flooring which uses granite, exotic woods, marble, and ceramic tile are just some of the optional interior trim packages. We offer Bose® home theater systems (as well as others) with LED and LCD televisions including Internet-capable satellite dishes.
The exterior finishes include overlapped seamed, riveted or bonded exterior aluminum skins. On the extreme end, we use seamless .200 thick fiberglass composite (no wood) and then custom paint the exterior with automotive basecoat / clearcoat including custom graphics. Best of all, you can get your trim style, interior floor plan, and exterior design custom designed using computer aided drafting techniques. After your approval and once construction commences, you will be digitally updated with photographs and video on a regular basis, so whether you decide to visit during construction or not, you can “watch” your design being built from start to completion.
From the frame up, each aspect of the vehicle construction is carefully considered. The main frame rails are steel tubing welded to 1/8 in. thick cross-members. While most of the vehicle’s outriggers are fabricated from the same structural support materials, however, in the fender box area, where wall support is non-existent, we use 4 in. x 2 in. tubing for support on both sides of this critical area. Also, due to the intense stress that the attic walls take when attached to medium- and heavy-duty trucks, the same tubing is used as outriggers in this area on all fifth-wheel and gooseneck models. After fabrication, the frames are degreased and coated with a Sherwin Williams urethane coating designed for use in ground contact at waste treatment facilities. We do not use any cheap paint.
All ICC wiring originates from a large commercial junction box. The 8 ft. pigtail has a molded plug on the terminal end. Every wire connection exposed to weather is encased in a heat shrink terminal (including all ground loops). All exterior lighting are LED sealed products with rubber bases or grommets and is warrantied for 10,000 hours. Because of the wiring products used, you won’t spend time troubleshooting lighting or cleaning bulb sockets or bases.
The minimum wire size used for wiring all trailer lights is 14 gauge; most manufacturers use 16 gauge wiring. Brake wiring is 12 gauge to carry the amperage required for efficient braking. All wiring, both internal and external, that passes through tubing or any metal section is protected by snap bushings and secured with grommets and fasteners.
Wall studs on all models are constructed from steel or aluminum tubing, not wood. 1-1/4 in. tubing is used in the Xplorer, Xplorer XL and Prolite models, and 1-1/2 in. aluminum tubing is standard on all Silver Eagle models.
The exterior aluminum skin is sealed with 100% silicone on all seams, and the aluminum is either riveted using aluminum rivets or bonded using high-performance adhesives. All roofing is seamless aluminum on the Xplorer, Xplorer XL, and Prolite models, and .040 in. on the Silver Eagle models.
In short, only high quality materials and fabrication techniques are used on each of our products to give you many years of trouble-free service when you choose to purchase your Transport Designs trailer or truck conversion! Our limited 5-year commercial and 10-year non-commercial warranty is second to none.