1999- low 2000's Transcraft Eagle

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  1. Rich_Trucking

    Rich_Trucking Light Load Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    If its rusted it won't pass DOT ? Correct?
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  3. The Admiral

    The Admiral Heavy Load Member

    Jul 18, 2010
    I thought Eagles had aluminum crossmembers. If the main beam has holes,i would pass and if it has heavy scalely rust I would be checking that scale with a ball peen hammer.
  4. barroll

    barroll Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    Southwest Michigan
    I've got a 2000 48' Eagle Super Beam. I've had it since it was about 10 years old. If they've done a lot of sitting, that's where they start to give out. Had to slap a new kingpin on it in the first year for $3000 at Jim Hawk. Other than that, the square tubes that run diagonally from the beam to the deck crossmembers are sealed on the bottom and open on the top, so they fill with dirt and water, so they need to have a hole drilled in the bottom to drain. The steel crossmembers need a good going over with a ball peen, wire brush, and rattle can once a month to see which ones have daylight coming through them now. My main beams have rusted through on the upright behind the landing gear, but that's a cheap fix with plate patches. The beams above the axles do tend to rust first, but it's only about $200 each to have the smaller ones replaced. If you park with an axle in the air, the airbags have a tendency to tear. The shocks have three upper mounting holes, which is nice. The stock Grote lighting can be a pain to find replacements for, but it's all standard sizing, so as long as you change the wiring pigtails, you can convert it to whatever you want. The aluminum deck is a bit thin, and I've got the forklift holes to prove it. The stake pockets crack on the welds, but that's a cheap fix compared to the chain boxes, which tear. The recessed chains in the deck are really nice, and probably the first thing I'd miss.

    All that being said, and with all the work I've done, it got a pretty yellow sticker during a level I a few weeks ago.

    The crossmembers under the deck are aluminum, and the ones between the main beams are steel, and oh boy do they like to rust.
  5. RenegadeTrucker

    RenegadeTrucker Road Train Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    I towed a transcraft for 6 months, it was a 1998 model trailer, this was in 2004, in the time I pulled it had to have the frame welded twice and the bag brackets kept breaking on it.

    It was junk, pure solid junk.

    Do yourself a favor and buy a Doonan.
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