R&S Recovery blazes a trail with first Landoll

Ease of operation, a simple, rugged design and an impressive 44,000kg carrying capacity – these were the key attributes that persuaded R&S Recovery to invest in its first Landoll travelling axle trailer from Roger Dyson Group.

The High Wycombe-based operator specialises in carrying out roadside repairs and recoveries of trucks of all sizes, as well as buses, coaches and vans.

Roger Dyson is the sole UK and European distributor for US-built Landoll trailers, which offer ultra-low loading angles of less than six degrees.

At 48ft, the fully hydraulic platform on R&S Recovery’s new unit is the longer of the two sizes offered by Roger Dyson (Landolls are also available at 41ft). The trailer also features Haldex EBS electronically-braked 11,000kg SAF low-loader axles, and a 20,000lb hydraulic winch.

Meanwhile, Roger Dyson added optional storage lockers and a removable twist lock system that allows the Landoll to carry shipping containers of up to 40ft in length, as well as equipping R&S Recovery’s MAN tractor unit with the hydraulic system needed to operate the trailer.

Family-owned and managed R&S Recovery has also invested in its first Dyson Hydraloader SLa Super Low approach slidebed. Mounted on a 12-tonne MAN TGA crewcab chassis supplied by Roger Dyson, the new 5000SLa has a 5,000kg capacity steel deck and offers a market-leading load angle of just 4.9 degrees.

Despite the fact that both units represent new departures for R&S Recovery, the operator is a long-standing customer of Roger Dyson Group. The new Landoll trailer and Hydraloader SLa have joined a fleet that also includes two Dyson Commander underlifts, three Hydraloader La Low approach slidebeds and an MAN TGM accident unit.

R&S Recovery has another low-loader trailer but, as Manager Phil Leslie explains: “We bought the Landoll because it represents a big step forward in terms of its recovery capabilities. We like the fact that it’s uncomplicated so there’s not a lot to go wrong, as well as being simple to use by a single operative and very competitively priced.

“And as we never know what’s going to be thrown at us from one day to the next, the twist lock system means we can get maximum productivity from the trailer.

“As for the Hydraloader SLa,” he continues, “we’d heard good things about Roger’s Super Low approach slidebeds. We do a few movements of prestige cars and it’s ideally suited to such work, but is also flexible enough to be used to recover vans and minibuses as well.”

R&S Recovery, which works for the likes of AA Truck Rescue, FMG Support and The Highways Agency, also has a depot in Maidenhead and covers the busy Thames Valley corridor, taking in stretches of the M40 and M4 motorways as well as west London. The company was founded in 2003 by proprietor Stephen Leslie, Phil’s brother; their younger brother Mark, sister Gaye, and parents Richard and Wendy are also employed in the business.

Adds Phil Leslie: “Roger Dyson’s equipment has always proved to be well built, user-friendly and reliable while his Parts Manager Alex Mills certainly knows his stuff and provides an excellent service.”

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