I am in Illinois and I am a rigger -- a private carrier -- and I haul my own machinery and scrap. Right now I have 5 trailers (gondola, stepdeck, hydraulic tail stepdeck, hydraulic lowboy, mechanical RGN) but all are 2 axle trailers so I am limited to 100,000 lbs gross. I am thinking about buying a 3+1 axle lowboy trailer so I can haul larger stuff and have easier time with my large forklifts which weigh about 60k lbs.
I mean a trailer with 3 axles permanent and 4th as pin-on tag axle.
I have three trucks, one Freightliner FLD 112 with Cat C12, International 9900i double frame with 15L engine, and a Freightliner Columbia.
I have some questions.
1. How much can I haul on a permit with 7 axles total (3 truck plus 4 trailer), in Illinois?
2. How much would a typical truck and trailer weigh empty? (I have a single framed and also a larger double framed tractor)
3. What are the pitfalls to look for?
4. Any brands you recommend/to stay away from?
I had a very bad experience with Ritchie brothers so was wondering if there are other big auctions where such trailers are sold.