Optimal wheelbase for Intermodal?

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  1. Cornbinder_King

    Cornbinder_King Light Load Member

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    So I'm looking to run intermodals out of Chicago into Wisconsin. They would be daycab conventionals. I'm thinking between 160-190 for the wheelbase.

    Any recommendations?
     
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  3. ChicagoJohn

    ChicagoJohn Road Train Member

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    If you're hauling 20'S I'd want longer if possible. Your Best bet would be something with a small sleeper in case you get stuck at a customer for a couple hours and it'll ride better.
     
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  4. Cornbinder_King

    Cornbinder_King Light Load Member

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    Well true, but with intermodals, it could be 20's 40's or 53's so I'm trying to find a happy medium Back when I pulled cans it was 20/40. 53's weren't around yet
     
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  5. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

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    I'm doing it with a W900l and a 60" sleeper, but I can't do 20'. We were figuring it out, to comply with bridge laws, you need 195" to get 80k. They dont really pay attention, but there it eas, in black and white.
     
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  6. RERM

    RERM Road Train Member

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    Honestly, if I was shopping all over again for an Intermodal truck, I'd buy a Volvo with a 63 inch sleeper and a Cummins engine, 13spd, would be preferred.....those trucks all seem to come with 215 inch wheelbases......and I would look for an air slide fifth wheel and air dump suspension.......
     
  7. Cornbinder_King

    Cornbinder_King Light Load Member

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    Okay I'll bite, why? The trucks would be home every night.
     
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  8. RERM

    RERM Road Train Member

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    Their turn radius seems to be as good, if not better than the Freightshakers, their WAY better built, and with the Cummins engine, are just as reliable as anything else.....the sleeper is big enough to be comfortable, but small enough to not get in the way of Intermodal operations...(tight yards, tight city docks, etc...)

    Air Slide Fifth wheel for dealing with overweight (or badly loaded) containers and a dump valve for getting under heavy cans at the rail......
     
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  9. Cornbinder_King

    Cornbinder_King Light Load Member

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    I should have clarified my question better, but you gave the right info on the sleeper I hadn't considered.
    Any tractor I get always has a sliding 5th wheel and air dump.
    I'm seriously considering running super singles, I have them on my otr rig and really like them, helluva lot easier to throw iron in the winter than 3 rails.

    Any opinions on them?
     
  10. Trubb43

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    You hit it on the head better built than a shaker but more reliable than a Detroit I have 2 question that one that 60 built like an old chevy takes a lickin keeps on tickin just my 2 cents
     
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  11. RERM

    RERM Road Train Member

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    I used them OTR as well, don't see the point of them for running cans......

    OTR means 500 plus miles a day one way.....steady speed, better mpg.....MAYBE the extra expense is worth it....

    Running cans is maybe 500 miles BOTH ways, lots of city stop and go, pulling chassis with questionable drive lines and tires.....forget mpg's......you'll NEVER see a return on investment....

    Added bonus: Blow a regular drive, keep driving till you get to a repair center.....blow a super single, pull over, wait half a day for roadside, pay for roadside + some of the MOST expensive tires sold.....
     
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