Lightweight horseboxes with realistic payloads
Manufacturing lightweight horseboxes is to say the least complicated. There are so many factors to take into account and designing the Aeos and Helios horsebox range from the ground up has taken a vast amount of combined experience encompassing many disciplines. Our continued goal is to offer customers quality and highest possible specification as standard, yet still produce lightweight horseboxes with the highest payloads available.
We have always been at the forefront of high payloads and introduced the very first weight certificates to the market place decades ago. Weight certificate provided is now a common phrase in adverts and has sadly become a sales hook, unfortunately, few actually post the payloads they refer to!
There are a few routes to producing lightweight horseboxes. At a simplistic level, offering the shortest possible horsebox with basic features, manufactured on the cheapest lightweight chassis available, keeps the overall vehicle weight down and payload high. This route to the market place is often accompanied in sales meetings with the phrase “sorry that is an extra” and all the extras added up not only increase the cost, it decreases the payload. So the cheap lightweight horsebox advertised becomes the expensive heavy horsebox, but they have you on site and have a better chance of a sale!
We came at the problem from the opposite direction. Researching the latest materials for strength and lightness and combining these with cutting edge manufacturing techniques. We carefully selected lighter products for greater strength and quality rather than cost alone. Our chassis have been chosen for reliability and suitability rather than cost and lightness. This approach has enabled us to offer a range of true lightweight horseboxes with very high specifications. We actually have very few extras to add because almost everything is included as standard.
Continued research and weight savings
We seem destined to make weight savings only to have them taken away with new engine technology that is greener but unfortunately up to 100kg heavier. This seems to be a pattern that has formed since 1993 when the very first Euro 1 diesel engine emission legislation was introduced for trucks and buses. The legislation is clearly of benefit to everyone and regulates the amount of pollutants leaving the exhaust of a diesel engine. With the introduction of the latest Euro 6 technology KPH have to work extra hard to maintain high payload allowances. Euro 6 has some quite complex and extensive systems for reducing exhaust emissions and these all take precious kg from payloads.
Vehicle weights and payload are always our first topic when talking horseboxes and it is more important now than ever before. We would always advise customers to do the maths first and have a good idea on payload requirements before even looking for a horsebox. For our own part it is reputation at stake so we openly post payloads and take great care with our hard won reputation.
To this end KPH have invested in calibrated weighbridge technology onsite and can even weigh vehicles mid build and whilst the customer is present. In addition, rather than post weights with little to no fuel or water on board, we weigh each horsebox with quarter tanks of fuel and water.
Aeos Solo 3.5 tonne (category B licence) Please click here to read more.
Aeos Solo 3.9 tonne (category C or C1 licence) Please click here to read more.
Aeos Compact 3.5 tonne (category B licence) Please click here to read more.
Aeos Compact 4.5 tonne (category C or C1 licence) Please click here to read more.
Aeos Hybrid 3.5 with living (category B licence) Please click here to read more.
Aeos Hybrid 4.5 with living (category C or C1 licence) Please click here to read more.
Aeos Weekender 4.5 tonne with full living (category C or C1 licence) Please click here to read more.
Helios Compact 7.5 tonne (category C or C1 licence) Please click here to read more
Helios 7.5 tonne (category C or C1 licence) Please click here to read more
HGV Helios horsebox (10 tonne to 26 tonne) (category C licence) Please click here to read more