Flat or step Conestoga

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  1. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    I know this question comes up all the time and I’ve actually given My $1 worth of input but now it’s become a decision I need to make

    I have a 53’ flat Conestoga that was blew over from the hurricane
    It looks like the insurance company is going to total it. I think he said the frame looks twisted or bent

    I can order a new one but it’s over a year out to spec my own

    I was able to grab a slot on a build from my salesman for a new 2023 from a recent cancellation on a totally loaded 53’ step. Show type loaded stainless etc with a kit that’s scheduled to be built in the next week or two for $119,000 out the door

    I have a big bunk truck that weighs 22,600 and I’m guessing this step will be 14,000 per salesman so with gear probably 17k

    My flat was spec’d by me to have a 104” inside height which was a great move but I’ve never pulled a step

    My guess. Grab the step. If I don’t like it I’m sure it would sell easily and would buy me time to either order one

    Am I thinking correctly or will a step Conestoga be an issue staying loaded

    I see a lot of big bunks with steps so I’m guessing the height and Conestoga does well even with the limited weight ability
     
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  3. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

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    Depends of what you like to haul.
    Conestoga means bye bye to oversize loads.
    But not having to tarp in the winter sounds nice.
     
  4. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

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    What do you typically haul the most?
     
  5. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    All sorts of stuff but not a ton that really requires dock height or that’s very heavy
    A lot of machines etc but that could change if I ever go to a different company
    May look harder at running plane engines although some hate that while others live it and that might just be due to a small number do that and maybe the love hate percentage is the same number percent with larger carriers

    As mentioned. I pull and have pulled a Conestoga for the past 9 years
    Just a flat but being able to get this step so soon and no flats available it might be all that I can do for even if temporary until I decide and order a flat??

    I don’t do oversized or tarp so those aren’t issues

    I know it’s a very specific type question but was just wonder if anyone pulling a step Conestoga had any pros or cons about their choice
     
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  6. Goodysnap

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    Sounds like it will be a sweet trailer. I doubt you will have a hard time moving it if you decide to go back to a flat. Who’s kit is going on it?
     
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  8. pavrom

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    Looks like you are getting low pro step ( if inside height is 104 ) .
    119 sounds way expensive ... Maybe im wrong ...
    I run spot market , no issues staying loaded ... It also depends on dispatch , we dont sit and wait for the loads , normally have next load before me or driver unloaded .... even in this market
    I gave up on oversize and tarping because of restrictions on driving time and wasted time for tarp ( i am reloading every day , if you run cross country - totally different story .. plus all weekends i am home )
    Ps : my flat conestoga is sitting since august , still undecided what i want to do with it ... Probably sell
     
  9. pavrom

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    ... i am scaling 32.5 with my step and t660
     
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  10. GYPSY65

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    Eagle
    Has air release and tighten for front and rear of kit. No cranking ( I have it now but just in the front)
    Stainless bulkhead. Rails. 4 stainless boxes etc
    Guy who spec’d it went all out but changed to rgn and I just happened to call my salesman right after all that took place
     
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  11. GYPSY65

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    I know there’s a ton of extras on this.
    I just got a bid for replacement of my quick draw kit on my 53’ flat for the insurance and my kit now is $23k the new is a Reitnouer which is what I have now.
    He did something with the build to eliminate all the Hanley side rail supports so the sides will be flat like a Mac. Or actually any other
     
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