Fifth wheel height for pulling tanker?

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  1. me myself and I

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    Whats the best height for pulling tank?
     
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  3. snowwy

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    The standard height. But it depends on operation also.

    For some reason. ON mine. If I'm lighter. The truck is heavier. When I"m fully grossed for the load I haul. The trailer is heavier. I can haul 97k. But the loads I currently haul only come in at 90 - 92. The trailer is 2k heavier.

    About 85 makes both axles even. Less and the truck is heavier. The load i can get 97 with. Has no scale so I have no idea on those numbers between the 2 axles.

    My drives and drop are 22 tires. The rest are 24.

    You guys that have the same size tires. Might have a different scenario then how mine plays.
     
  4. Ruthless

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    Tire size on the tank, rear discharge vs center discharge, single compartment or multiple- is imagine these all factor in.

    @Cat sdp
     
  5. BKLusk64

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    What is stanards height???
     
  6. Cat sdp

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    Center drop (double conical) or propane tank you kinda want to be level.....

    Everything else the higher the fifth wheel the better........

    I got 24.5 talls and like 3-4 inch legs on the 5 th wheel. I’m not sure what it measures tho.
     
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    42”
     
  8. Ruthless

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    Thatd be very low. Box trailers that are 110” inside height require 47.5” fifth wheel height.
     
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  9. Jazz1

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    I don't like cranking dollies. Lower landing gear 2" from the ground and dump your air. Nothing more aggravating than having to lower a loaded trailer 5" because billy big rigger dropped trailer landing gear to the ground and continued cranking a few more inches.
     
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  10. Ruthless

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    Soooooo..... are you sticking with your claim that fifth wheel heights for tankers are 42”?


    I don’t pull tankers. My fifth wheels on both my trucks are 54” top plate height. They are higher than most: but not by a foot.
     
  11. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    My fifth wheel was around 49". With tall 24.5s, it raised the trailer enough to unload the rear dump trailers without being so high to transfer too much weight to the rear.
     
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