Low profile drop (Step Deck) 53ft trailers

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by superdutyfan, May 3, 2021.

  1. superdutyfan

    superdutyfan Light Load Member

    Mar 14, 2020
    So I would like everyone's opinion on the low profile step deck trailers I have herd they are more expensive for tires and brake / axel parts and wear out quicker due to the higher rpm of the 17.5 inch tire compared to the 22.5 inch ones.
    I am in the market for a 53ft step deck tandem axel sliding axles all aluminum .

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  3. baha

    baha Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2013
    I pulled one with the low pro. 17.5 on it and if you are loaded heavy going over 55 mph will make you want to put 8 spare tire racks on it to carry the tires you can blow out over a mo. of running over 55?
  4. rydr

    rydr Light Load Member

    Jan 8, 2019
    I've wondered about step decks with 19.5's they gotta be better than the 17.5's. I assume since some car haulers run 19.5's they should hold up pretty good?
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  5. 50WT

    50WT Light Load Member

    Dec 26, 2015
    We have 3 trailers in the fleet that have 17.5 tires.
    One is a 53 ' step the other 2 are similar equipment trailers
    The summer heat is not your friend , when it's 75 degrees
    and up I'd recommend not over 60 mph. You'll go through brakes
    and keep an eye on wheel seals , those hubs get hot.
    One of our equipment trailers is around 39000 on the spread
    when loaded . If you can make enough extra money with the low
    trailer to offset maintenance it'll work out. If not I'd go with
    a standard stepdeck with 22.5 rubber. You'll need some high
    loads that pay well. Good luck and Happy Trails.
  6. 99kw900

    99kw900 Bobtail Member

    Feb 26, 2020
    My Wilson combo has a ride height of just under 39 inches with 22.5 rubber. Personally I'd never get a low pro unless I had a lot of loads for one and then I'd probably get a triple axel. But that just me.
  7. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    I had a step with 17.5. Sliding rear axle.
    I wouldn't drive faster than 62 with temperature above 70. Tire wear was always an issue. Even after I replaced both axles and hardware. I rarely had any tires last a complete 8 months. Changed 1 or 2 each month.

    My step with 19.5 tires ,sliding axle, was an improvement. Still had tires not lasting as long as I expected. Lowered changes to 1 a month.

    My current step has 22.5 tires, fixed spread. When I bought it, I installed new tires. I had to replace 2 in 130,000 miles. Same miles and loads with all 3 trailers.
    I rotate my tires quarterly to extend life.
    With annual truck and trailer alignment.
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