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 .
Low profile drop (Step Deck) 53ft trailers
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?
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.
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.99kw900 Thanks this.