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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
I'm meeting with the salesman today to go over specs.
48 102 fixed spread
18 inch kingpin
Front lift axle
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.
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