Aluminum VS Steel - Spread VS Tandem?

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  1. SHC

    SHC Spoiled Rotten Brat O/O

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    I've ran both spread and tandem setup. I actually prefe the tandem setup. It is easier to maneuver and less wear n tear on tires. You can easily put 45k on the deck and be legal
     
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  3. CaptainKirk

    CaptainKirk Light Load Member

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    Thanks SHC. That's what I was thinking with the trailer axle & tire wear. I drove vans for a while and don't mind sliding.

    War Eagle!
     
  4. russtrucker

    russtrucker Road Train Member

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    Remember it. Spread means more weight capacity and tandem: easier to maneuver and less tire wear. Aluminum wheels last longer than steel. It's lighter and no rust problems.
     
  5. mpd240

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    Two week old trailer. Four loads on it. First dent in rub rail tonight at truck stop. Got backed into by another flat bed.
     
  6. mpd240

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    Two week old trailer. Four loads on it. First dent in rub rail tonight at truck stop. Got backed into by another flat bed.
     
  7. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    Your in a day cab, doing local? I would go for a tandem setup for all the turning you will be doing, same if it was short runs.
     
  8. CoronadoDriver

    CoronadoDriver Light Load Member

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    i had a 2005 fontaine 48"x102 useful and it just depends on how you take care of the trailers mines lasted for well over 1.5m miles but now its been retired
     
  9. mc8541ss

    mc8541ss Road Train Member

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    For the steel mills we run out of you just need to be able to scale 48000. Most of the loads are 42-47k. But occasionally you will get one heavier. A lot of times we drop and the trailers are pre loaded and that is why they want us to be able to get 48. If you are just getting it from a broker most times they will know how much it weighs. With a day cab you shouldn't have any problems either way and I would definitely get the tandems instead of the spread for local work.
     
  10. cnsper

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    get a sliding spread and you can run them either open or closed so you got a tandem or spread whenever needed
     
  11. heavyhaulerss

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    most drivers I see are going to aluminum. quality not just any type though. I never considered just what I planned on doing at the time, no matter the promises. I would buy equipment that I could use if the current situation goes bad. nothing in my trucking career (so far) last long. have to be able to adapt. just for example when considering a step, which would have worked great at one time for me. I took a load way out of my usual gig. turned out to be about 80% of my gross that 1 year, but only cause I had a flat. it was rear dock load/unload. a spread would not allow me to get that semi dedicated all interstate run with a decent rate. a good quality spread with a dump valve may be something to consider.
     
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