Dexter and Bosch have collaborated to develop a platform that offers the new technologically-oriented towing products. According to a press release, the “Dexter Tow Assist” provides Anti-lock Braking (ABS), an odometer function, as well as automotive-compatible sway mitigation. The system is installation-friendly for EMs providing a platform for the future of towing safety. The new product will be launched at the NATDA Show held in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 5-7, and available to manufacturers in October.
“Dexter Tow Assist” provides trailer anti-lock braking, utilizies the most performance out of each trailer brake while reducing the risk of tire skid or lockup and improving maneuverability to avoid obstacles. The product also provides valuable mileage tracking with the built-in odometer function. Perform critical maintenance at precise intervals all while keeping track of your trailer or even an entire fleet. Continually monitoring your trailer, Dexter Tow Assist’s sway mitigation keeps the trailer in-line without any driver input. The system intuitively knows when to apply braking, maintaining trailer stability, without significantly reducing speed or skidding the tires.
“Dependably and affordably bringing ABS, sway & mileage tracking to the trailer space is long overdue. Similar technologies have been adopted in automobiles for decades,” states Bryan Thursby , Executive VP of Sales & Marketing, Dexter. “Embracing these advancements is sure to save lives and provide safer and more enjoyable towing experiences, all while capturing maintenance details and helping to ensure well-functioning operation of the trailers equipped with Dexter Tow Assist”
Dexter is also offering the tow sssist system on a 12-inch-by-2 inch electric brake platform in late 2019. Initial sales efforts will focus on OEM implementation, with Aftermarket upgrade kits to follow. The system incorporates a Tow Assist control module, power-axle wiring harnesses, indicator light, 12″x 2″ Nev-R-Adjust® brake fitted with wheel speed sensor and a 8 on 6 1/2-inch brake drum with ABS tone ring cast-in. The Tow Assist system will be offered on both D70 Sprung and #12 Torflex axles rated up to 7,000 pounds. Ongoing development will focus to output additional brakes and drum sizes in 2020.
For more information on the new Dexter Tow Assist powered by Bosch, visit booth #613 on Friday, September 6 at 10:30 for a 15-minute product introduction or contact Dexter at www.dexteraxle.com.