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Felling Trailers’ Pan “Gravity” Tilt Trailers Receive Design Modifications


The Felling Trailers’ drop-deck Pan Tilt model, DDT has undergone design modifications to increase operator ease of use and safety. FT-7 DDT Drop Deck Pan TiltThe Pan Tilt is a gravity tilt trailer, using gravity and a center pivot point for tilting the trailer bed. Felling’s Engineering team recently reviewed the Pan Tilt’s design looking for ways to improve operator ease of use along with production efficiencies. Modifications have been made to the Pan Tilt’s locking mechanism, lighting, license plate mount position, and location.

Modified Tilt Locking Mechanism

The tilt locking mechanism is the most notable of the modifications improving the production process, flexibility to function with optional features, and most importantly, operator ease of use. The previous locking mechanism was a purchased part that required modification and multiple latches dependent upon a trailer build’s selected features, power up/down, or a toolbox, as it was mounted on the front of the trailer. “The goal was not to have a longer hitch length if they (the end-user) optioned cylinders (power up/down) or an extra latch for a toolbox, making the base design more modular, streamlining the manufacturing process,” said Felling Trailers’ Engineering Team Lead, Cathy Voge. The new locking mechanism is located on the front roadside of the trailer, operating as a lever that releases a lock bar located under the front deck frame. All the components for this locking system are sourced internally, improving fit and function.

Additional Design Modifications

Modifications completed with an emphasis on production efficiencies were lighting and the license plate mount. Lighting modifications reduced the number of weld components needed, replacing the front marker lights and mounting plate with bullet lights that mount into the hitch channel. The bullet light mounted into the hitch channel also provides better wiring protection. The license plate mount on the pan tilts is utilized across other Felling tilt deck lines. This style mount prominently displays the license plate without obstruction from the taillights or cargo being transported, promoting operator and towing safety.

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More About the Pan “Gravity” Tilt Model Line

Learn more about the Pan “Gravity” Tilt model line and other drop-deck tilt trailer solutions by contacting us online or giving us a call at 1-800-245-2809.




  1. Ok I am a ex cdl holder class A.
    I am retired and still own my own tractor trailer. I am engaged in agricultural activities. Requiring hauling forage feeds and such in state occasionally out of state. But do not drive commercially. According to co state law or FMCA I can operate said vehicle without a cdl. Is this correct or is that changed at this point when I started my CDL carrier there was no FMCA and no CDL requirements those came later. Is this still that case thank you

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