Flatbed trailer weight

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by fencitup, May 14, 2014.

  1. SHC

    SHC Spoiled Rotten Brat O/O

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    11,300# is awful heavy. My combo 51' step with sliding axle is 11,400#.

    The all aluminum Revolution 52 that I pulled (48') weighed 8,500# with no boxes.
     
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  3. mc8541ss

    mc8541ss Road Train Member

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    It's all in what you want, can't see buying an all aluminum if you are not getting the weight savings. The Mac I am pulling is a 102 x 53 and it's rated for 52000 in 4'. And it weighed 8800 w/out the boxes maybe 9200 now with 2 boxes. A 47000 lb coil doesn't take all the bow out and flat steel which is 90% of what I haul doesn't take any of the bow out. They have one rated for 72000 in 4 also but without the 3rd axle what's the point. Reitnauer also has one rated for 72000 in 4 that weighs a lot less than that. For me if I wanted a trailer that heavy I would have just stuck with a combo and saved the money.
     
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  4. allan5oh

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    If all you are hauling is 80k gross there's no point in being starstruck by the high ratings of the mmx. What do you plan on doing with the trailer? My east 48 step is 9500 lbs.

    Also the only person I know that has owned an mmx regretted it. No point, and they're actually hard to sell. They sit substantially higher than any other flat out there. It actually cost him a few loads. I would suggest looking at one before buying it.

    Usually 5 feet adds 1000 lbs or a bit less on an aluminum trailer. What other specs gets the bst 2 that heavy?
     
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  5. fencitup

    fencitup Light Load Member

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    Everyone is bringing up valid points. Wouldn't say I'm going back to the drawing board, but definitely going to take another look at things before I pull the trigger.
     
  6. cnsper

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    Yeah, the quad 53 flats that I have been looking at, I have been quoted 12,500 for one brand and 13,000 for the other with 2 boxes on the trailer.
     
  7. allan5oh

    allan5oh Road Train Member

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    I got some info from an East dealer:

    a 48 base BST II is a bit above 9000 lbs, around 9020
    a 53 base BST II is around 9480

    The BST II does NOT add any weight over a BST, costs about $800 more and has higher ratings.

    But the "base" is very much base. No doubt when you specced out the trailer you chose options such as 16" crossmembers instead of 22", reinforced dolly legs, two spools instead of one, toolboxes(that's ~150 lbs or so each), extra winches, maybe wide bumper, extra pockets front and back, 25k axles instead of 23k, etc.. It all adds up. When they talk about a base trailer, that's with every standard option deselected.

    The slider was ~450 lbs and lift axle around 200 lbs.

    There are also some lightening options with East. Centrifuse drums I believe are standard, if not spec them you'll save around 200 lbs and have less brake fade. They also have aluminum suspension hanger options.
     
  8. Lalito.1234

    Lalito.1234 Light Load Member

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    How much does a mac 80 beam weight in 48’ ?
     
  9. adayrider

    adayrider Road Train Member

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    What are you going to do with that?
     
  10. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    I do not know that type of trailer. The one trailer I used was a older Ravens Covered Wagon, specifically capable of accepting (Three times) a 24 foot long coil of 52000 pounds exactly on a midroof volvo with the N11 engine and little old me in there plus fuel.

    The only way to get lighter than that was to use Container Chassis and containers from certain Ship Lines. When I left OTR, I heard about a special V trailer capable of taking 60,000 pound Coils and beyond. Now I don't know if that was valid for Mill Property moves or they were proper OTR options for coil work as trailer. (Coiled Wire was another. But those things were like onery children, always scattering the moment they get a chance to do so on bad pavement.
     
  11. Lalito.1234

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    Steel coils
     
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