1. EvertonP

    EvertonP Light Load Member

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    Why is the latest trend guys not raising the top back deck? With the cost of trailers now I’d fire a guy for having metal on metal contact going down the road for hours, but now all your tail lights are 6 inches from the ground.
     
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  3. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    I keep my top deck about eye level with 4 wheelers when MTY. Hopefully less chance they climb up on me in the event of a rear end collision and maybe they will see my taillights.
     
  4. EvertonP

    EvertonP Light Load Member

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    see that makes sense to me. It literally takes 35 seconds to raise that deck up
     
  5. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    I have always been told you need to pin your decks even when MTY.
     
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    Why do drivers run the deck fully elevated with a couple vehicles up top and nothing below? Saw one like that, again, today. F-150 up front and a Tahoe at the rear. I wouldn’t want my loaded weight all up high.
     
  7. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Fully elevated is just lazy, but you shouldn't run them too low with heavy vehicles loaded, as the shallow angle of the posts really increases the load on the lock pins.

    Also, remember that our empty weight is normally 43 to 44,000 lb. So a couple vehicles on top isn't going to change our center of gravity much. We often have to move Vehicles when partially loaded, but it's not for center of gravity reasons, it's to keep from getting too heavy on our steer axle.
     
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    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Currently in carhaul, there's an over-fixation on loading time. Those guys will literally tell you it takes too much time to raise the deck and pin it, and then having to do the opposite to reload.
    They have obviously not ran in heavy icing conditions, which can cause the coil cord for the top lights to get weighted down and drag the ground, at least on Cottrell trailers.
     
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