Spreads or Tandems

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by Gears, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Gears

    Gears Trucker Forum STAFF - Gone, But Not Forgotten.

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    I originally bought a Wabash '53 sliding spread. It was an OK trailer, but because the spread was sliding, all the gear underneath to support such a system was HEAVY. It was a 2000 model, also had a few other issues.
    Long story short, I traded across for a 2001 Great Dane '48 fixed spread. It's got a Thermo-King SBIII SR unit, Whisper Edition. I like it much more than the Wabash. Pulls easier, no sliding gear headaches and I think it's built considerably better than the Wabash. I plan on having this puppy for many years. There's a picture of it under my signature line.
     
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  3. dadderich

    dadderich Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the info. That is a nice looking setup. I was thinking about swapping for 53ft spread, but I think I'll stay with my 48ft.
     
  4. Gears

    Gears Trucker Forum STAFF - Gone, But Not Forgotten.

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    Is yours a spread too? Spreads give a much smoother ride than tandem. You can look into a '53 spread, I'm sure they make the newer ones better than what I had, but I can say with confidence that I can put about as much freight in my '48 as a guy can in a '53. Problem I've run into on very few occasions was convincing brokers of that fact.
     
  5. lastgoodusername

    lastgoodusername Medium Load Member

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    i know 0 about a reefer, but i have pulled flats with spreads for years.
    1.lighter than a sliding tandem
    2.dump valves for your backing and turning pleasure
    3.rig the front axle with a lift and you will save yourself money on tires and tolls
     
  6. Gears

    Gears Trucker Forum STAFF - Gone, But Not Forgotten.

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    I've got dump valves on this trailer.
    I think rigging it to raise the front axle would cost a bunch of $$. More stuff to break down too. Not for me, but I've seen it done however.
     
  7. Jfaulk99

    Jfaulk99 Road Train Member

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    If it's got Hendrickson suspension you can buy the under beam lift for $500.00. I put one on a flat, pays for itself in tires alone. Unless you never run empty, which is idea,l except the trailer I put it on is paid both ways.
     
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