Pete 20K axle turning radius

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by 10speed4me, May 17, 2018.

  1. 10speed4me

    10speed4me Bobtail Member

    Dec 31, 2017
    sort of a rant:

    Have experience with city driving standard (lower than 20K axle) steering radius. Usually a tight situation was "doable". A new co had me drive a Pete haul with 20k axle and an folding cable pull trailer. City town driving was hell. Quit the first day (have a clean MVR) because they had me going into places you cant make at "least a little" cleanly. Almost needed a follow car to allow me to go wide.

    Question is: what the hell is a 20k steering axle doing on a standard 3 axle cable pull "old time" folding haul trailer.
  2. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Who knows, some time these are off the lot trucks sitting there with no takers and you get them cheap.
    Lepton1 Thanks this.
  3. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    The axle rating has nothing to do with the turning radius. The wheelbase has everything to do with the turning radius.

    Driving a long wheelbase in tight quarters frequently calls for multi point turns. Using a long wheelbase truck for a steady diet of tight city driving is stupid. Use the right tool for the job.
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