Gateway Chassis, part of the WSL Group of companies, designs and manufactures a range of chassis for Caravan Holiday Homes, Leisure Lodges and Residential Park Homes. Our range of chassis have been designed to suit a wide range of applications in the industry and we take care to ensure the product selected is the most suitable for your technical and manufacturing requirements as well as the local environment where the structure is finally sited.
Wheel Solutions Group is a family of complementary businesses across the UK, all crewed by like-minded experts in wheel, chassis and motion technologies. From Wheel Solutions to Gateway Chassis, Chassis Solutions, TyrePal and our innovation centre, WheelLab, we have the breadth of experience and capability to develop world-leading solutions for any application.
Family-owned and run since our inception, we have a culture that’s warm, friendly, helpful and determined. We work closely and collaboratively at all times, helping each other – and our customers – and pulling together to get things done, moving quickly and fluidly to ensure we keep our promises and deliver on time, every time.
We have developed the Gateway business based on a number of core values which are the foundation of what we do. These are exceptional customer service and support, flexibility, design and technical expertise, product quality, realistic lead times, value for money and developing partnerships with our customers to become an extension of their design capabilities.
All our products are designed and produced at our Hull facility and together with our sister company Chassis Solutions Limited in Wellingborough, we are the UK’s leading dedicated manufacturer of chassis for the Caravan Holiday Home, Leisure Lodge and Residential Park Home sectors.
The chassis is the foundation of the completed home, although normally it is not even visible after it is sited, but it goes through quite a journey before it reaches its final destination. We at Gateway consider all these stages to ensure that the home gives the owner the safe, comfortable, secure and sustainable structural foundation they should expect and deserve. The key considerations are:
We work closely with suppliers and customers to ensure that the products that we produce meet the needs of the marketplace and are right for your application. We offer a range of chassis which we tailor to meet your application needs, manufacturing requirements and siting environment. When developing a new chassis we have a stringent new product development process, from scoping out a project through to the launch. We are always testing, validating and checking our chassis systems to ensure they are robust, fit for purpose and exceed customer expectations. We’ve created a culture of value engineering, with the clear objective of being right first time.
Our design process is also just as considered. From talking to the marketplace, it’s clear that not all manufacturers use 3D modelling. To help us improve the design phase, we employ four highly experienced, qualified engineers and structural analysts – all trained in 3D CAD software and FEA – led by Greg Taylor, our Group Engineering Director.
One of the rigorous ways we test and verify our chassis systems is through FEA (Finite Element Analysis) testing. This virtual method predicts how the chassis will react to real-world loading, vibration and other physical effects. Prototype systems are used to fully test products, including bespoke models built to customer specifications. Ultimately, this testing process validates whether the chassis has the strength and resilience required to stand up to rigorous use.
This culminates in our continuous improvement process – ‘Value Added, Value Engineered’. With global steel prices at record highs and continued volatility in the market, our ambition is to minimise the cost impact to our customers through smarter, more efficient design and manufacturing, while not compromising the strength of our chassis.
Our high specification I-Beam Chassis is a perfect example of how the VA/VE process is used in conjunction with our stringent quality control processes. Developed to meet the demands for chassis for high-end leisure lodges and park homes, the I-Beam is structurally the strongest (in terms of load bearing capacity) available in the market. The fully galvanised chassis offers high corrosion resistance while the expertise of our design engineers and research and development team has allowed us to optimise the design for the ultimate longevity and strength.
Building on more than ten years of market experience, the VA/VE multi-functional team has successfully completed, designed and FEA tested a new and improved I-Beam product, with a new value engineered and even more sophisticated version of the product due to launch early 2019.