Great Dane Champion CP


Great Dane Trailers

Making Maximum Payloads Possible

Designed for cubic capacity, cargo protection and durability, the Champion CP composite van delivers strength from the inside out. With panels more puncture-resistant than comparable sheet-and-post trailers and a truly snag-free interior, the CP offers increased productivity.

Great Dane Champion Dry Van Trailers


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Exterior Features

Front End Strength

Four 2.5" hat-section uprights coupled with two additional 3"radius corner posts add superior strength to the front wall while providing square interior corners for maximum cargo loading. Air and electrical connections are mounted externally on a stainless steel mounting plate on the frontwall, making them serviceable from the exterior. Gladhands are standard with polyeurethane seals for longer life. With an extruded aluminum impact plate that extends across the bottom front combined with a .25" heavy-duty rolled lip, the front of the upper coupler is protected from fifth wheel impact. For added strength and corrosion protection, the upper coupler is attached to the bottom rail with stainless steel fasteners.

Sidewall Strength

The strongest standard sidewall in the industry, the Champion CP's panel thickness is .31" with .019" skins combines with an integral heavy-duty bottom rail to achieve maximum sidewall stiffness. The unique top rail and gasket design overlaps the top of the side panels and posts of the trailer to provide the best resistance to water leakage. Foam gaskets are used at all crucial connection points in addition to standard caulking to ensure superior protection against water intrusion.

Roof Construction

The Champion CP's standard roof adds durability and longevity to the roof system. Galvanized steel, anti-snag roof bows on 24" centers are permanently bonded with a premium two-part epoxy to a one-piece .040" aluminum or .075" fiberglass roof sheet. Roof bows attached with two fasteners per end. The tension-mounted roof sheet is joined to the top rail with an extruded aluminum J-molding. The attachment is closely riveted bonding a foam sealing tape between the roof sheet and top rail, and is finished with a neoprene sealant to prevent moisture intrusion.


The Great Dane Model 60 Landing Gear uses a constant mesh gear box which keeps gears engaged for consistently smooth shifting. The landing gear construction features a floating nut design which protects the elevating screw from damage caused by dock walk. Supported by angle bracing at the front and rear, the GD Model 60 has a lift capacity of 55,000 lbs. The mount spreads the load over five crossmembers. Steel gussets ensure extra support, stability, and strength. Completing the design, Great Dane's proprietary replaceable shock-mounted sand shoes reduce stresses in the mount by 50 percent. Componentry is bolted in place for ease of repair. Standard 4" steel I-beam crossmembers are 80,000 psi and 3.45 lb/ft. Installed on 12" centers full length, this design provides unparalleled floor strength. The Champion CP comes standard with a sliding spring suspension on 49" axle centers. Available air-ride suspensions are optional. Standard black Dry Flex undercoating is the first line of defense against corrosion from road abrasion. Great Dane's exclusive CorroGuard is an available option for corrosion protection on landing gear and suspensions.

Exterior Rear Features

Rear Frame Construction

Great Dane's standard dry van rear frame, EnduroGuard, combines the strength of galvannealed carbon steel and stainless steel to deliver a frame capable of withstanding the elements and strong enough to last a lifetime. EnduroGuard is standard with gray paint and white is available as an option. The rear frame is further strengthened by a two-crossmember deep integral bottom rail to rear frame reinforcing gusset, which distributes the stresses of dock impact. The standard ½" composite rear doors eliminate high-maintenance plywood core doors, which means extended door life, less maintenance and overall trailer longevity. The rear header to top rail connection is reinforced at the corners by a massive .25" steel gusset, which minimizes racking and ensures that the frame remains square throughout the life of the trailer. Because the rear header does not protrude into the door opening, The Champion CP maintains a full 110" inside height the full length of the trailer without the use of a wedge design. Three lock rods, two road-side and one curb-side, combine with five aluminum hinges per door to ensure the frame's strength and to protect against racking.

Rear Impact Guard

The high-strength tubular steel rear impact guard is designed and tested to conform to all U.S. and Canadian regulations. An integral part of the rear frame, the impact guard is secured by eight ¾" diameter grade 8 bolts. The vertical channels are strongly braced by 5/16" thick high-tensile steel reinforcement gussets to the slider rail. The horizontal tube has a vertical concave surface that creates a recessed area to protect conspicuity tape from abrasion. It also features a perforated top surface for traction and capped ends that extend above the tube for added safety. Available options for rear impact guards include stainless steel and galvanized steel, and may be welded in place or bolted on for ease of repair.

Access Systems

Optional swing door access system include a fixed step on the curbside, roadside, or both, or an intermediate step centered and a surface mount grabhandle between the hinges on the roadside. Optional roll-up rear door access systems include a fixed step on the curbside, roadside, or both, and either a surface-mounted or recessed grabhandle.


Great Dane's heavy-duty, extruded aluminum hinge design allows the doors to open fully to the sides and to "break away" in the event of severe impact. Five hinges per door are standard. Hinges are fastened to the doors by three .375" diameter steel step bolts, making hinge replacement effortless, and include anti-theft fasteners at top and bottom. The use of phenolic bushings ensures long-term smooth operation. An additional safety feature, the Secure-Cam is standard on the curbside door, allowing the lock rod to be secured with a padlock directly to the lower keeper.


The Champion CP's exterior lighting package comes standard with Grote's MicroNova® DOT LED lamps, designed to improve visibility and service life of the lights. The system also features dual intensity clearance lights, with an available option for five clearance lights with outer turn signal. The industry's best wiring harness, the Long-Life Light System is a maintenance-free, fully modular system backed by a 10-year warranty. This sealed harness prevents moisture intrusion, is extremely durable, and combines the flexibility of a custom wiring system with the reliability and simplicity of a sealed harness.

Interior Features

Interior Construction

With a full 101" interior width and a standard .31" overall panel thickness. The Champion CP design combines increased cubic capacity with a true snag-free interior for maximum durability. Logistic posts are recessed at panel connections on 48" centers with flush interior rivet heads to allow for a true snag-free interior. This design reduces cargo damage and claims to customers, thereby increasing profit. The Champion CP offers a lightweight package as an available option that incorporates the high base rail with a lighter weight side panel and is designed specially for floor loading operations, such as the beverage industry. This option is not available for sideload operations. This package features a composite frontwall design, aluminum crossmembers, lightweight sidewall panels and other weight saving options. For added durability, this lightweight package is available with up to a 24,000-lb. rated floor.

Sidewall Protection

Champion CP comes standard with 13" of scuffband protection to significantly reduce exterior scarring at the most vulnerable area. A full-length one-piece extruded aluminum bottom rail with integralscuffband design adds tremendous strength and rigidity in the lower sidewall helping reduce sidewall bulging. An additional galvanized steel scuff is installed above the aluminum scuff to provide extra protection from forklift damage. A high base rail option is available to improve sidewall durability and provides 15 inches of extensive sidewall protection. The 5/16" thick heavy-duty extruded aluminum bottom rail extends over 15 inches above the floor and is fastened to the sidewall. The integrated wall protection and structural bottom rail design adds stiffness and rigidity to the side wall making it extremely durable against the most abusive applications. The thickness of the integral rail also provides protection against the unsightly scarring of daily wear and tear from cargo loading. Any damage to this lower rail area can be quickly and easily repaired if necessary.

Floor Strength

A 1.38" laminated hardwood floor is supported by heavy-duty wax-coated, I-beam crossmembers, the strongest standard crossmembers in the industry. This strength combined with the corrosion-resistant floor coating results in longer life and less downtime. A smooth steel 12-guage, 3" threshold plate is standard. Multiple options for threshold plate depths, materials, and surfaces are available. Air and electrical lines are routed above the crossmembers in a recess of the bottom rail, providing easy access and protection. By eliminating a commonly used floor channel, costly repairs are prevented.

Package Options

US EPA Certified

Customers committed to measuring and improving the efficiency of their freight operations can adopt a range of trailer systems and components that can help to significantly lower emissions and reduce fuel consumption using aerodynamic technologies approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership.

Total Protection Package

In addition to already standard features such as the Grote's® MicroNova® lamps and completely sealed, moisture-proof Long Life Light System, Great Dane's complete package of comprehensive corrosion prevention solutions includes options to enhance a trailer's image by delivering superior protection against equipment deterioration.

The Total Protection Package includes:


Great Dane's exclusive spray-in-place thermoplastic coating on suspensions and support gear for superior long-term protection from rock and stone impingement, and chemical resistance to current de-icing chemicals and road hazards.


Including a patented treatment, which penetrates the aluminum and becomes an integral part of the wheel, resisting corrosion.

Stainless Steel Rear Frames

Rust resistant to help ensure reduced maintenance, longer life and a superior appearance.

Geometric Dimensions

Special Spec-Packages
Overall Height
13' 6"
Overall Length
53' 0"
Overall Width
Upper Coupler Height
King Pin Location
36" from Nose
Landing Gear Location
98.5" From Kingpin
Amount of Wedge


Front Corner
3" Extruded Aluminum Radius Corners
Front Corner Sheet
Extruded Aluminum Mill Finish, 0.125"
Radius Corner Protectors
Front Sheets
Aluminum, 0.050"
Front Upright
Four (4) 16ga Steel, 2.5" Hats
Vent, Front
Electrical Connector and Gladhand Location
Offset Roadside, Overlaid
Hose Couplers (Gladhands)
Tramec Control and Tramec Supply
Standard Document Holder
Truck-Lite #97859 W/ Great Dane Logo At Roadside Front
Additional Manifest Box
Side Sheet Material
Composite Plate, 0.30" with .019" PPW Galv. Steel Skins
Side Sheet Texture
Bottom Rail Rivets
.38" Aluminum Rivets
Side Upright Type
Logistic Post, Comp Plate Single-Punch "A" (14 Gauge)
Side Upright Locations
48" Centers
Rub Rail Type, Side
Protection Package, External

Rear Exterior and Structural

Rear Frame Type And Material
EnduroGuard Swing Door Frame
Rear Frame Header
2" Narrow Header
Rear Impact Guard
Carbon Steel Bumper, Bolt On Vertical, Weld On Horizontal
Dock Lock Bracing
Rear Bumpers
Rubber Dock Bumpers
Rear Access System
Tag Bracket Location
License Plate Installation
Type of Rear Door
0.50" Composite Swing Door, Dual-Seal Gaskets, White Galvanized Steel Cover Sheet
Lock Rods
2 Roadside Rear Door, 1 Curbside Rear Door
5 per Rear Door
Rear Door Holdback
K-Slot w/Chain
Rear Door Vent
Hazardous Material Placards

Roof Options

Roof Bows
1.00" Galvanized Steel, 24" Centers
Roof Sheet
0.040" Aluminum

Interior Lining/Scuff/Floors

Rows of Side Scuffband
2 Row
Type of Side Scuffband (Row One)
6" Extruded Aluminum With Bottom Rail
Side Scuffband Location (Row One)
Installed at Floor Level
Type of Side Scuffband (Row Two)
7" Galvanized Steel, 18 Guage
Side Scuffband Location (Row Two)
Butted to Lower Row
Rows of Front Scuffband
Type of Floor
Hardwood Laminated, 1.38"
Quantity of Floor Screws
2 Scerws per Board
Threshold Plate
Smooth Steel, 12 Guage X 3"
Hardwood Floor Finish
Prolam 'Waxin' Coating
Front Lining
Pine Plywood, 0.50" X 48" High, 0.25" to Ceiling
Side Lining
Ceiling Lining
Quantity of Rows of Logistics Track

Understructure Forward and Bay Assembly

Upper Coupler Type
3.50" Channel
Bottom Plate Thickness
Landing Gear
GD60 (NonFast Gear)
Landing Gear Foot/Shoe
10" X 10" Cushion Foot
Landing Gear Handle Location
Landing Gear Lube System
No Special Lube System
Tire Carrier
No Tire Carrier
Floor 20,000 Pound Package
Crossmembers Ahead of the Landing Gear
Steel Hat Type on 12" Centers, 2" Deep
Crossmembers Over Landing Gear
4" Steel I-Beam Over Landing Gear, 12" Centers
Bay Area Crossmembers
4" Steel I-Beam on 12" Centers
URG Crossmembers
4" Steel I-Beam on 12" Centers
Extra Crossmembers at the Rear
Aerodynamic Fairings
Side Skirts- Prepare for Future Side Skirt Installation


Undercarriage Design
Tandem Axle, Slide Spring Suspension, 49" Axle Centers
Model of Suspension
Holland Duralite (LS4)
3 Leaf Springs
Locking Mechaism
Non Air Assist Pin Puller


Axle Type
Great Dane Tapered Spindle .50" Wall
Brake Size
16.50" X 7.00"
Brake Actuators
Great Dane Standard 2.5" Stroke
Brake Lining
Standard Brake Lining
Brake Shoe Type
Standard Service
Brake Adjusters
Meritor Automatic 5.50"
Dust Shield Type
Tire-Inflation-Systemn/Tire/Wheel Option
Axle System Lube Type

Axle End Condition

Wheel Lubricant
Kendall EBL Grease
Wheel Seals
Stemco Guardian
Stemco Sentinel Hubcaps
Axle Spindle Nuts
Pro-Torq Nuts


Anti-Lock Brakes
Wabco 2S/1M Easy Stop
Optional Diagnostics Cable
Brake Valves
Air-Tank Drain Valves
Great Dane, Smooth Black with Logo
Mudflap Mounting Location
On Undercarriage

Tires/Wheels/Hub and Drum

Rim/Disc Wheel Size
22.5" 8.25"
Hub/Wheel and Drum
Great Dane Hub Piloted Universal 10 Stud Hub with Outboard Cast Drums
Brake Drum Balancing
Wheel Type
22.5" Steel Disc Wheel, Hub Piloted, 5HH
Wheel/Rim Vendor
Great Dane
Wheel Spacer (Corrosion Barrier)
Tire Size
295/75R 22.5
Tire Brand
Bridgestone R195F

Electrical Wiring/Lights

Exterior Lighting Package
All Lights LED, Long Life Lighting System, Grote MicroNova DOT LED
Electrical Connector
Great Dane 7-Way Solid Pin
Rear Header Light Locations
1 Top Mounted on Front Corner at 45 Degrees; Roadside and Curbside (Canadian Requirement)
Additional Side Top Rail Lights
Side Bottom Lights
1 Each Side
Side Bottom Light Locations
1 at Rear
Rear Header Light Locations
Center Cluster of 3
Buckplate Light Type
Grote Series 40, LED Grommet Mount
Buckplate Light Qty and Loc
2 Each Side
Midship Turn Signal
Grote MicroNova DOT LED Combination Turn and Clearance
Location of Turn Signal
Roadside and Curbside,Center of Trailer
Installation of Turn Signal
Install Below Bottom Rail
Rear Gusset Lamp
Grote MicroNova DOT LED
Rear ABS Lamp
Grote MicroNova DOT LED
Supplemental Turn Signal

Electrical Interior

Dome Light Quantity


Front Finish
Pre-Painted White
Side Finish
Pre-Painted White
Rivet Color
Rear Frame Finish
Great Dane Gray
Rear Door Finish
Pre-Painted White
Undercarriage Finish
Black Undercoat
Wheel Finish
White Enamel
Conspicuity Treatment Location
Great Dane on Side Sheet
Great Dane Logo Installation
Red Logos
Installation of Customer Decals