Look ma, no converter dolly!

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TomCougar, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. TomCougar

    TomCougar Light Load Member

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    I've seen many a doubles on American highways. A tractor followed by a semitrailer followed by a semitrailer converted to a full trailer using a dolly. I've never seen a trailer setup like this, though. I wonder what it's called? This type of truck is featured in a RR sim I play. It looks like a dry-van semitrailer with a 5th-wheel deck of some kind behind the rear doors. I don't know how they even load it with the rear coupling area in the way like this. It looks like this odd doubles truck might be a foreign type since this game is produced in Australia.
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  2. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

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  3. plankton

    plankton Medium Load Member

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    i think it only exists in your video game...
     
  4. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Its a variant of a B-train. Very common here in Canada.


    B-train: Tandem truck, tandem lead, tandem pup.

    Super B: Tandem truck, tridem lead, tandem pup.

    Another variation is tridrive truck, tandem lead, tandem pup. I also have seen them in a tridrive truck, tridem lead and a tandem or tridem pup.

    B-trains aren't twin 53' though. I don't know the exact dimensions off hand but I'd estimate that the lead's about a 40' and the pup is about 32'.
     
  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    When the lead is tandem, both axles are behind the cargo portion of the trailer. When the lead is a tridem, the third axle is positioned under the cargo portion of the trailer. They are most common as flatbed or chip trailers but B-train/Super B vans are out there.
     
  6. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Well we thought u had gave up the trucking idea , but i guess we can assume u have been going down that rabbit hole much further and somehow made it to austraila? Man that was a deep rabbit hole
     
  7. Bean Jr.

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    I see them a lot hauling steel, but virtually never have I seen a b train van set up.
     
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    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    I saw somebody made his own hillbilly South Dakota super B with a couple step decks, he stuck a fifth wheel right on the back of the deck of the lead one, 2 53 footers is apparently the right way to haul hay to him.
     
  9. Bean Jr.

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    Screenshot_20191015-234100_Google.jpg Those in the top picture are flatbeds, not dryvans.
     
  10. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    I have never seen a b-train set up like that game one, with all the axles behind the trailer like that.
    Just looking at it, I tend to think it is just something the game came up with, but who knows.
     
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