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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Not that I'm aware of. [/i]
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't have the weight of tiedown gear here and I can't really take the time to investigate it right now. In my opinion, for hauling for hire, NOT getting the full 40' of deck space would be a mistake. Deck space is critical.  And as far as chains and binders, they really are a must have item. Start out with 4 chains and binders And then if you see a need for more, buy more. It will suck though to arrive at a Shipper and find out you don't have enough, or any chains, and need them.

You can shave some weight by buying aluminum ramps (your back will thank you).  The steel 8' ramps these trailers come with are very heavy.

Other ways to shave a few lbs, you could tell them you don't want the rear jacks that these trailers come with. I rarely ever use mine. I loaded a heavy truck on my trailer last night and didn't use them. You can also tell them you don't want the chain racks and buckets that our trailers come with. Just store the chains and binders in the trailer tool box. That's what we did before we had the racks.

And if you could find someone to make you some lite weight tarps that would make a difference. We haven't had any luck finding any but I have seen some made from parachute material before. I watched a women pick one up with on hand and toss it on top of a tall load of lumber.  

And as far as your 2" ratchet straps, they'll have ratchets with them when you buy them. Those same ratchets can be used for your tire straps, and you can buy the tire straps without ratchets. [/u]


Gary, do you/your guys go thru a lot of tires from the corners with the triples? I love the low deck height, just not sure of the tire situation. Also do they come with elec/hydro disc?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pulling these trailers is just like pulling a spread axle semi trailer. If you turn to sharp, to fast under a load you're going to grind the tire edges down.  You want to take turning into driveways and such slower than you would with a dual tandem set up.  We've seen tires last over 80,000 miles on these three axle trailers. Of course they were pulled by truckers that had experience pulling spread axle trailers. New guys tend to eat these tires up though. And a lot of these tires coming out on brand new trailers are cheap junk. It's best to order your trailer with a 14 ply well known brand name set of tires. Goodyear, Michelin, etc. if you can swing the extra cash.

To spec the trailer identical to ours you can get them with electric drum, or electric hydraulic drum. Research these brakes. Last time I was at a local dealer I seen a upgraded drum brake set up with much thicker pads than what was previously available. If you order this same trailer with electric/hydraulic DISK brakes they have to narrow the frame which pushes the fenders in to approx 80" between the fenders. We have 83" between our fenders. May not sound like a big deal but believe me it is. Right now we can drive F550's and Ram 5500's between our fenders without rubbing a wheel against the fender. That won't happen with anything less than 83" inches. As you probably know we move a lot of new utility trucks. We'd prefer not to drive over our fenders every time we haul those new trucks. Especially in wet weather.


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