This roof is designed for livestock hauling and will flex with the trailer. Plastic roofs, glued aluminum and anything other than an .050 fully riveted every 6” inches will not stand up to the rigors of hauling bigger, heavier and taller livestock. This roof is hand buck riveted with over 2000 aluminum hard rivets and has been time tested by over 60 years of Merritt quality.
Merritt uses a thicker .112 tread plate with 6 stiffener corrugations in the floor to reduce slipping and split outs by livestock and dipping over time. Longitudinal floor plates eliminate unnecessary butt joint seams in the floor which have been proven to crack when the floor flexes. The longitudinal seam is overlapped and welded both top & bottom to give you the strongest deck in the industry. No floor rivets mean no bio-security problems for you.
Merritt has always believed that cattle being hauled should come off the trailer clean, with less bruising and less stress. This way of thinking has always lead us to have a slightly more expensive trailer but now with more interior clearance than our competition. This has become more apparent with Merritt’s leadership in designing and promoting the “DEEPER BACK END” trailer designs. We now have 3 backend styles to choose from that will give you the best condition cattle coming of the truck.
Our 3” custom I-Beam cross-member that is welded in has outperformed any “Z” or “U” style riveted in cross-members in every way. Thicker where it needs to be and resist to torsional stress, it is stronger, lighter and provides a solid base using 13” centers for the deck structure.
You won’t find a stronger, better or more durable rear frame beam in the industry. Stronger than any aluminum beam at the same weight and won’t break apart like aluminum beams under longer rear frame lengths. The steel beam keeps the platform stable and resists the flexing that has caused so many problems with aluminum beam suspensions over the years. Even thicker aluminum beams will not hold up to the strength of the box tubing on the Merritt high tensile beam.
The livestock transportation industry long ago realized that the Merritt originated punched sheet & post design was the strongest, lightest and smoothest inside structure to haul livestock. Merritt uses a high grade aluminum alloy that is now .080 thickness to resist dents and splits and maintains the 16” post spacing that provides you the durable side toughness you expect. The riveted on extruded post will not dent and cave in like a formed in post structure so it will stay good looking longer and with less damage done to it.
The 3” round hole creates an air vortex that literally sucks air into the trailer as it travels down the road. No other design can create this affect. The double embossed large viewing hole will resist dents and allow for better visual inspection of your livestock. Using punched side doors your Merritt will have superior ventilation that provides positive air flow and ventilation in any conditions.
Keeps livestock where you want them. Tube style gate closes off rear door for easier cattle handling. Completely removable if needed and works with man access door.
Keeps you out of the way of the loading and unloading area.
Cargo seals that are easy to use and quick to install. Perfect for hauling imported or quarantined livestock.
Need more compartments to haul split loads? Adding extra center gates is the answer.
Deck cleating at ramps and thresholds increases traction and allows for better footing at these critical areas.
Keep your drivers safe and give your livestock extra ventilation when the weather requires it. The Merritt roof is built to handle this popular option.
Tube or panel style for better and safer livestock handling. Double-locking stainless steel pins mean more strength when you need it. Shown with optional threshold cleating.
No need to throw deck any more. Two or three-position crank-up decks are fast and easy and provide better animal footing than regular planks. A solid deck section means less freezing and worn hinges after years of use.
Bio-Security means keeping you out of the confinement barn or the loading chute. Helps you comply with producers bio-security needs and still get the trailer loaded quickly.
Swing open gate aids in cleanout of lower front deck with a smooth edge to the belly.
Light weight, low maintenance and easy to clean make this the best way to help einsure Bio-Security hauling is done as efficiently as possible. Standard rear storage box holds 1/3 of the entire panel kit.More Winter Panel Kits
Ideal doghouse set up for hog hauling. Gives you extra space on the rear doghouse deck and still allows loading without flipping up the entire deck lid.More Dog House Options
Allows for conversion to full third deck. Includes deck planks, gates, lights and storage rails. Lightweight and easy to clean keeps you on the road.
Provides extra air flow for animal health and comfort in varying weather conditions. A variety of patterns available for front or rear.More Air Vent Options
A longer ramp, coupled with a unique sliding trolley, eliminates the tripping as livestock move onto the top deck. Quicker, safer loading are the benefits that you will appreciate.More Loading Ramp Options
Shine up your front & rear with the high polished, 14 gauge, full sheet & post stainless steel package. This is not a glue on or wrap around and is thick enough so your trailer won’t “look like a bag of walnuts” from hauling loads.
A real time saver that makes trailer cleanout easier and faster. Side mounted hinges keep the door out of harms way.
Large cutout made flush to the floor allows for easy washout. Positive lock reduces dripping and bending.
Quick, easy to use and great for washout/drain out on the run.
Merritt’s bio-security cross-member is an enclosed extrusion that will shed manure and wash water quick & easy.
Flat rear section makes washout much easier and quicker by removing the floor corrugations at the rear of the belly and can be ordered on the rear floor also.
Plug style drain can opens to a large hole for clean out.
Flips open from the outside to drain out.