Flatbed trailer specs

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by 2CAN, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. 2CAN

    2CAN Medium Load Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Any of you all have a list of must haves on a new trailer order? Anything that you have ordered that you would not order again?

    48x102 spread axle. No tarp systems, just a nice all aluminum flat.
  2. fuller

    fuller Light Load Member

    Nov 21, 2010
    I did quite a bit of deck work around 10 years ago (quad axle step, and regular also), and I guess there really isn't much to change! What can be changed?

    Hangers for chains, and plenty of Jockey Boxes... what else is there?
  3. 2CAN

    2CAN Medium Load Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Disk brakes, auto inflation systems, king pin depth, type of rubrail, chain pop-ups or J hook, sliding or fixed winches. If you look at a spec sheet there are alot of options.
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  4. fuller

    fuller Light Load Member

    Nov 21, 2010
    Ya, some things have changed!

    I would avoid disk brakes, but there is nothing wrong with them. Drums simply seem to give longer changeover intervals.

    Auto inflation systems... Careful not to damage the system. I check and inflate the old fashion way. Some of the places I've had to run the deck, I'm not sure I'd want that tubing there...

    King Pin depth choice is probably more reliant on your truck, and where you haul, so I won't touch this!

    Rub-rail? Not sure what the differences could be, as long as the straps get protected!

    I liked J-Hooks and fixed winches personally, as everything seemed "solid," and nothing would give. However, this was only on trailers with PLENTY of hooks and winches. Some trailers seemed to have a shortage of hooks and winches, and I had to make do.
  5. baha

    baha Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2013
    If you will not haul single coils you can buy a much lighter frame trailer than if you must be able to haul 40 plus single coils at a lot less money, winches on both sides of trailer is a plus?
  6. KB3MMX

    KB3MMX Road Train Member

    Dec 29, 2014
    Shippensburg, PA
    IDK why anyone would "avoid" disc brakes. DOT looks very favorably at them. They stop FAR sooner , especially directly following a hard application and most actually live longer then drum brakes.

    Liftable axle... Strongly recommend this option in your spread.

    Roll stability... Will be standard in 2018.

    Auto inflation.... You can shut it off and remove if it gives an issue. Most likely it never will come to that. The reward far outweighs the risk of anything. I'd never want another trailer without it, they're just awesome.

    Axle spindles .... Get the P spindles, they're far stronger than the old N style (taper).

    Add an auxillary electrical box and wiring back to rear of trailer in case you want to use dump valves or aux lights or devices in the future.

    If you run a slider spread, consider a deep kingpin box and also consider the heavy duty pin box upgrade. You'll have to examine your truck specs if you can run a 42" pin.

    Chicken lights? You can upgrade the lighting specs and probably have your dealer box in the axles with lighting too. My dealer.. Utility of Mt. Joy PA can do all that stuff in house they're awesome.

    Air release on the slider....

    Tons and tons of options!

    Good luck!
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  7. Ruthless

    Ruthless Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2010
    The City.

    42" pin? Wow. I never saw a flatbed like that. What's that useful for, more weight to steers/drives?

    I've run 18/24/30/36 and will be ordering 18" settings on any new wagon from here on for simplicity of all my trailers being and performing the same.
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  8. cke

    cke Medium Load Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    Colfax Wi
    What is roll stability
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  9. DL550CAT

    DL550CAT Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    Waynesburg, Pa
    I liked having drop deck boxes on my flat. They single drop down doors that would not hit the ground. It made getting stuff in and out a lot easier.
    Close spaced cross members. It does not add much to the weight but adds a lot to deck strength.
    Winch track down both sides would be a must for me.
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  10. 2CAN

    2CAN Medium Load Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    I'm meeting with the salesman today to go over specs.

    So far,

    48 102 fixed spread
    Disc brakes
    18 inch kingpin
    Front lift axle
    Rear dump
    Air scale
    Double spools
    16 sliding winches (8 each side)
    18 in cross member spacing
    J hook track both sides, maybe center as well?

    I have heard mixed reviews on the auto inflation.

    Deposit check has been cashed.
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