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  1. BigBob410

    BigBob410 Road Train Member

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    Looks great! We all know there’s a little learning curve with new equipment? How do you like the Lohr?
     
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  3. Hammer166

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    So far so good. Loving that #9 goes completely flat. I'm already preferring their ratchet and winch system, too. And that low profile traction sleeve is the cat's ###. I don't care if I never see a tread block again!

    I'll know more starting tomorrow when I starting putting my normal Ford loads on, but I think #2 & #6 are both going to be lower, and hopefully #1 as well.
     
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    I kept looking at suspension pressure thinking "this ain't right!"

    I got what I wanted with the color. Dark but vivid with the violet undertones in it.
     
  5. BigBob410

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    The # 9 going flat was my favorite thing about the one I ran. They seem to be getting better since Lohr got more involved. The one I ran was from when they were still Delavan.
     
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    Especially with these 80 Footers, it's awesome. I had a pilot back there the first load, it was inside 6-foot.
     
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    Holy smokes! It is the wrong time of year to learn a new trailer! It's like I'm visiting this guy - - - - >:evil2:
     
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    How do you like the Lohr so far? What is better than the Cottrell 80 and what isn’t? I spoke with someone today who is considering ordering a new one and I figured you would have the pros and cons that I can relay to him.
     
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    I haven't loaded enough of my normal loads to know for sure how it's going to handle big stuff. The top deck doesn't vee nearly as deeply as a Cottrell, and I'm still adjusting to that. That said, if you offered me a brand new Cottrell right now, I think I'd still keep this one.

    With that said, here's the pros:

    Load height is lower. Didn't think much about that until a couple days in. It's much easier on the shoulders. And I'm 6 foot tall, it must be hell for the shorter guys to avoid using your shoulder instead of your bicep.

    The ratchets are awesome. Fingertip pressure is all it takes to set/release pawls on an untensioned winch. And you can use the entire width of the winch without poking holes in your straps. They are more prone to coming loose on backspin, but I think duct taping the tail to the strap will cure that. I'll know next week when I'm home and can gather supplies.

    #9 going completely flat is a major plus. And the ramp rollers are much better than those captive balls Cottrell uses.

    Modular traps are great. Very adjustable in width and placement.

    Traps on #1 have a wedged pin lock that's easy to operate, and they are on rollers, too. Can adjust from the ground with #1 all the way down.

    The frame is an engineered piece, not a bunch of different sized tubing welded together. There are no places where a tube has a hole in it. Although one downside to all the engineered pieces, frame repair will be tougher. But everything above the frame is bolted together. You could strip the trailer to the bare frame with just wrenches. You don't need a torch for every little repair. Winches and ratchets require one bolt each to remove. Lock pins are 3/8" metal that can be changed without tools.

    Oh, and the welds don't like they were done by a first week votech student.

    Cons?

    Tail is a bit lower, lift kit gets used more often.

    Not overly thrilled with how the mud flaps and stinger are set up. Need to block some opening there before winter, but should be an easy fix. Curtains are an option, too.

    The lines to the trailer need some rethinking. Just too close together. Already rectified with some 90s. 20210802_145349.jpg

    They had everything bent into the gap. Hose and electric routing is far superior otherwise , nothing is in the frame rails. All the lines run to center and then split, no flow dividers needed.

    Decking is fairly thin, but seems well supported. I'll likely brace one area where diesel front ends will sit, but wouldn't mess with it if I only hauled 9 cars loads.

    Lohr uses the oval lights for the tail, they're okay, but don't put it the light the 4x6 light do. They're also much more readily available...

    The lower canopy and further back hinge on #1 will require a low - rise seat to be fully utilized.


    Like I said, I'm off the very steepest part of the learning curve, but still far from the top. And so far, it's a keeper.
     
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    When mty on the weekend and I have the time I give my rig a wash myself. I can do a really good job in about an hour and a half and save $120. 88251479-B475-43AD-9653-DF5F41C1B06D.jpeg 6644F687-F501-49EF-B9E1-E196598ACC9F.jpeg 6C90E099-6221-4118-980C-15910E308E22.jpeg The foam cannon I recently bought makes it much easier to do a filthy rig.
     
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    Looks sharp!! A clean ride always feels great!
     
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