How much was your first flatbed

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by kachup, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. kachup

    kachup Medium Load Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Time does flies.

    Started with a Dorsey 1996 48x96 back in 2003 got it for $5,500.00 old school setup. It was spread axel with no air bags. Same setup CCC used back in the days before they switch to air ride. It was Combo with old school steel D rings on top. Running Florida only. Got it from this old school trucker down here in Miami which was tired of living down here and was moving back to his home town in Kentucky. Had it parked in his back yard in Homestead, Fl (Farming area of Miami). I remember loading plywood out of Port Manatee and them bundles sticking out. Back in the early 2000's a 102 flat was a luxury, at the time Greenbush logistics was the only one going into the port with new utility trailers 53x102 and boy, that was a dream setup back than. Step deck was really a rare breed. You will count them on the road. That was back when paper logs ruled the road and drivers had to know how to drive a 10 speed and truckers made money. Not saying we don't now, but things are changing. I wish I can go back and been smarter. What's your story?
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  3. Hurst

    Hurst Registered Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Tampa, Fl
    1st and only trailer so far. Looking to replace it within the next 2 - 3 yrs for something similar,. but needs to be a bit lighter in weight.

    2013 Fontaine Infinity, 53x102 step. 10ft upper, 43ft lower. HD Ramps kit with 4 load leveler stakes. Also has chain pockets.

    Bought it off my carrier for $33k, was 1 yr old. Been a good trailer so far.

    Not with out its issues. Put new drums and shoes on it last year. About 4 months ago I had the brake shoes completely fall out of a drum. Crawled under during a pre-trip and noticed an empty brake drum on the wheel. No idea where it went. Just pray no one was behind me when they went.

    The air chamber that releases the pins for the rear sliding axle froze up on me from lack of use.

    Screw heads for the deck plates are breaking off at the ends of the trailer.

    Recently made the mistake of allowing someone load a heavy track machine up my ramps who got scared when he got to the top where it started to tilt. Stopped,.. then started inching left and right with the tracks. I was watching the rear deck plate flex like a yoga instructor. Before I could get him to stop,.. the whole rear deck plate fell to the ground with the machine on top of it. Broke a stand and bent 2 ramps. Trailer has been down for over a month now. Finally getting it back tomorrow. Had some reinforcements done to the new rear plate. Should be a lot stronger now.

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  4. old iron

    old iron Road Train Member

    Feb 19, 2011
    Northern Wi
    My first flat was a 94 Fontaine combo.
    Had just been sandblasted and painted up real pretty.
    Paid $4000 for it on an auction. Still have it but it's demoted to round bale and firewood duty.
  5. johndeere4020

    johndeere4020 Road Train Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    03 wasn't that long ago and I can't ever remember 102" be a luxury. They've been 102" wide as long as I've been trucking.
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  6. Superhauler

    Superhauler TEACHER OF MEN

    Jan 30, 2010
    keep stroking.
    40 ft freuhauf sliding tandem. With a welded on bulkhead that probably weighed as much as the trailer! Hauled alot of bootleg loads with her.
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  7. prerunner404

    prerunner404 Medium Load Member

    Aug 3, 2011
    lake havasu city az
    My first and only is a 08 fontaine combo 48x102 air ride bought it last year paid 16,500.
  8. moonraker01

    moonraker01 Light Load Member

    Mar 27, 2013
    N.O. LA.
    My 1st was a 97 Utility 48x102 I bought from the guy I was leased to, paid $5,000 for it, was only 1 of 3 102" wide combos, all of his other combo trailers were 96" wide & I did NOT want a 96" because a lot of the freight we hauled, on a 96" it was exactly as wide as the trailer, so could not run straps inside the rail.
    I ran that trailer maybe a good 9-11 months until I picked up one of our customer loads (aluminum sheets) & I noticed right in front of the front axle the frame was cracked!!! Got it plated & welded just to get me home, took a closer look & LO & BEHOLD almost all of the crossmembers in the "belly" area were cracked or breaking!! Soon after I sold it for exactly what I paid for it & went bought a brand new 2006 Transcraft Eagle off the lot!!
    Should have just gone new from the start!!
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  9. Oscar the KW

    Oscar the KW No Filter

    May 19, 2011
    Paid 14k in 2011 for a 2007 Fontaine combo step. Trailer came with chains, straps tarps, ramps, enclosed headache rack and anything else you could need.
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  10. cke

    cke Road Train Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    Colfax Wi
    1992 Wilson road brute flat bed. 48-96 air ride spread axel. $19000
  11. Whitey14243

    Whitey14243 Medium Load Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Moreland, GA
    My 1st and only is my 2014 Reitnouer "Big Bubba" 48x102 that I bought last year.... Been a real nice trailer.... Has front lift axle and California airline hookups!!
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