Advantages of a spread axle trailer?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by Bobg, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Les2

    Les2 Road Train Member

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    You want to really confuse them heyns57? We could tell them about MI law for over 80k....:biggrin_25526:
     
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  3. Winchester Magnum

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    Les, depends on the weight and more importantly the amount of skids. I'll single some in the nose if there are only say 18-20 skids.

    But even if there are say 22 skids at 2000 pounds each, I just load them doubled all the way back and I'm still good to go.

    The forward trailer axle takes alot off the drives, simpley because its so close to the front ( or far from the rear.)
     
  4. heyns57

    heyns57 Road Train Member

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    With a spread, you can't change gears while turning a corner. :biggrin_25525:
     
  5. Les2

    Les2 Road Train Member

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    Is your trailer a 50'? How many skids can you put in yours?

    I know its alot easier to load my trailer than it is yours...LOL!
     
  6. Winchester Magnum

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    Mine's a 48. I sometimes wish I had a 50, but honestly have never had any problem with my 48. Cheese out and produce back
     
  7. Winchester Magnum

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    Oh yeah....
    24-26 chimney blocked/pin wheeled. 28 if they're all sideways
     
  8. ironpony

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    Same as any other 53' trailer. Still, some of the places I deliver to you couldn't get one of those guys in there because of the turning radius.
     
  9. Coonass

    Coonass "Freshy Fresh"

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    Not true!!:biggrin_25512:

    I have a drop deck (48', 10' top, 38' bottom) spread axle. One day hauling pipe I received an over axle ticket, NOT over gross.

    The reason I was over axle is because to be legal the pipe has to be loaded all the way up against the step down. When I loaded the pipe I didn't do this because I usually haul pipe with my regular flat bed and did not know any better.

    One axle was 21k and the other was 22k, and your only allowed 40k on a spread.

    Placement is still key with certain loads as this proves. Placement of the boards also makes a difference as wherever the boards are is where the weight will be coming down.
     
  10. Winchester Magnum

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    ironpony,

    I'd rather back a 48' spread equiped with dumps on both axles vs a 53' closed tandem even with tandems all the way up, into that tight hole you speak of.

    With my spread, I can dump the air outta my rear axle, thereby utilizing the radius of only the front axle, which now supports all of the weight, and can manage to snake it in anywhere that I've ever had to go.

    There's also the trick, when backing into a tight tight hole, to dump the front axle air untill you're close to the truck next to you, then putting air back into the bags of that front axle, and then dumping the rear, thereby utilizing the radius of only the front axle. It's somewhat hard to explain in words on the internet, but easy and simple to do in person.

    Dumps valves are the key here, and perhaps you are speaking of the difficulty in backing spreads without dump valves into that tight hole?

    Have you ever pulled a spread? If so, with or without quick dumps?
     
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  11. Les2

    Les2 Road Train Member

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    I very rarely use my dump valve, unless its a very very VERY tight spot! Maybe with vans its different cause the load is spread out 48' but I've seen what dumps will do to others!
     
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