Lowbed questions

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  1. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    I was thinking about buying an older lowbed just for pulling in trucks and equipment that I buy. Just a 35-ton two axle nothing oversized or anything like that.

    Primarily I'm concerned that if I buy a tandem or triaxle dump truck to pull in that other trailers will be too high. Would the well on a lowbed be large enough for a triaxle dump truck? Is that the best trailer to use for that type of hauling?

    The other thing I was wondering is whether I could pick up any work at all with that trailer. That's not really the purpose of me buying it I really wanted for myself but I was just curious if there was any work I could do to make some money with it.

    Do lowbeds haul loads for equipment dealers? Or maybe for local contractors? What other kind of hauling can be done with that if any?
     
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  3. shooter19802003

    shooter19802003 Medium Load Member

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    Are you asking about an rgn or something like a landall?
     
  4. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    I was thinking more of a RGN 35-ton two axle.

    The landoll is great but I think the bed is higher and I don't know if I would make it under regular Bridges with a tri-axle dump truck.

    I do have a heavy-duty tow bar I could probably tow in dump trucks and trucks with condo sleepers excetera in with that and use the trailer for equipment.

    I'm trying to figure the easiest thing to do because the tow bar works but I have to take the bumpers off and I'm not sure if all trucks the frame is similar to the way I attach it and I have to take the driveshaft down... So I'm just looking for the easiest way to bring trucks in and equipment.

    I could buy the tow rig that goes on the 5th wheel but that's expensive and it takes time to hook it up. I'd rather just hook up to a trailer and go or use the tow bar.

    The more I'm writing this I guess I probably should just continue to use the tow bar and make adapters for it as needed.
     
  5. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    It's likely priced way outside of any practical reason to buy, but have to looked at getting a tow rig that attaches to your truck?
    Something like Tow Your Own
     
  6. truckdad

    truckdad Road Train Member

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    How about just hiring a bonafide lowbed operator? Way cheaper in the long run.
     
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  7. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    Maybe but older low beds can go for 5 to $10,000. If it's a solid trailer I'm okay taking care of the rest of it. That's less than even what the tow your own rig would cost.

    If I had to have something towed in that was quite a distance away that probably would be cheaper to hire someone though. But when I part trucks out I have scrap to take to the scrap yard and I have sometimes cars I scrap and I have my own equipment that I occasionally move so I'm sure that I would use it aside from just bringing trucks in.
     
  8. shooter19802003

    shooter19802003 Medium Load Member

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    I helped a friend out for a season who ran a tow company. He had a 2 axle sliding landall. I tell you what, that thing was slick. It turns sharper than an rgn and has more deck space. Plus it had a winch. Alot easier to load down equipment to. Just back up to it and winch it on. No need to drop the trailer. Plus you can winch at angles with a snatch block. they are easy to tie down to aswell. all kinds of chain cut outs in the deck. I've had everything from dump trucks to class A rvs on that thing. You might have to remove a stack or 2 on occasion. only thing you can't put on there is condo trucks. You can definitely find work with it no problem. An rgn is kinda pain in the rear for that kinda work. I've ran both and I would go landall before rgn. Heck, get out a tape measure and measure a dump and see what landalls deck height is.
     
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  9. chriskc

    chriskc Light Load Member

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    I know the landoll I haul is 2’11”, but our other ones are 3 to 4” taller. They are newer 440’s.
     
  10. Landincoldfire

    Landincoldfire Medium Load Member

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    This is a broke in half dump truck I moved last year. That trailer has a 36 foot well and I think the deck height is like 18 inch. But that's a long three axle lowboy but with the pin-on removed it's manageable.

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  11. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    That looks like you needed that whole 36-foot well.

    I would consider buying a 3-axle if I could put it to work, but my truck is not a Heavy Haul truck and my experience really is just mainly hauling regular construction equipment not oversized on a low bed.

    Two axle lowbeds don't have a well that long do they?
     
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