57' trailers??

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  1. Ex-Trucker Alex

    Ex-Trucker Alex Heavy Load Member

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    What ever became of 57' trailers? Some 30 years ago, one state after another was legalizing them. California even let WalMart experiment with them (special long-frame day cabs, with the trailer having a 6' kingpin setback and tandems at the 40' mark). A company called Dalhart (?) even used to haul 57' turnpike doubles up the KS turnpike, carrying clean, empty cans to a brewery in KC. Once FL made them legal, you could haul them nearly from the Atlantic to the Pacific. We were all told that in a couple of years, they'd be legal EVERYWHERE outside of the northeast. Then........almost nothing.

    How many people today actually haul a 57' trailer? Where can you haul them today? Is there any talk anymore about expanding their range?
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    TX has a few, Frito lay has a bunch.
     
  4. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

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    HEB in Tx has quite a few….
    NFI in Fl has a bunch
     
  5. The one california kid

    The one california kid Medium Load Member

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    I pulled one, just one time from ks down into tx. And that was it, I Said no thank you to 57'. You wouldn't think that extra 4' back there would be that hard to back into a tight truck space, but it sure messed with me. It was either that or the lizard in the sleeper that was yelling 'let me out, let me out!' getting old, can't remember. LoL
     
  6. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    I worked for Arnold many many years ago (before Roadway bought them, then sold them to USxpress that sold them)...They had bought Dalhart and every now and then a 57 would escape the Grand Prairie TX yard and make it's way east.(Before most states allowed them). They finally retired them and sold them off because the only use they had for them was the glass loads out of OK into TX.

    And yes, they were a PITA to haul and park. I for one am glad they never caught on. The extra 4' didn't make that big of a difference in how much additional freight could be hauled in one to justify the hassle.
     
  7. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    57’s are still around in Texas but not like 25 years ago. Lane outta northeast Texas was the biggest user and there old trailers are still around here and there. They hauled tires for Cooper out of Texarkana and Kelly-Goodyear out of Tyler. Always overloaded. A lot of storage trailer rental companies bought them up after they folded. We’ve rented them from time to time when we needed mobile storage around the yard. Like has been said Frito-Lay still runs them to and from the border everyday. Kinda hard to overload one of those with bags of chips.
     
  8. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    I was going to say I seem to remember Arnold ran them down in these parts for a while. Not very long I recall.
     
  9. expedite_it

    expedite_it Road Train Member

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    Our trailers should have never even gotten as long as 53'.

    57 feet long trailers are ridiculous.
     
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  10. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Fleetwood used to run them too. Tx. NM and Oklahoma
     
  11. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

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    Rarely ever have I loaded more on a 63’ then I did on a 45’
    But I don’t miss all the hand stacking on the floor :rolleyes:
     
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