Why no wide-based wheels on straight trucks?

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  1. SteelWheelin

    SteelWheelin Bobtail Member

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    Just been thinking about it now that im back in the trucking industry. why don't straight truck operators shell out for super singles? is there a stability issue running those on straight trucks? not cost effective? You would think more people would have them since they need to make the most of their GVW more than tractor-trailers do (Especially the under 26k class). I would think the weight savings of those and alums on the front would give way to more payload, which equals more money.
     
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  3. mnmover

    mnmover Road Train Member

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    I have seen a few on straight trucks, but the expedited industry is time definate, a flat wide based single may miss a delivery, and the weight and fuel mileage savings are not as great with only 2 tires, instead of 16. The expediters usually get great mileage anyway.
     
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  4. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

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    OMG never! They do look cool though....I have seen them.

    But for me, never!

    My truck is only 22k empty and those things do NOT look East coast/Midwest Winter friendly at all.

    Plus if I have a blow out I have to buy a rim and tire!? No thanks!
     
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  5. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

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    Replace a rim? only if you drive on a blown tire for miles and miles
     
  6. sdaniel

    sdaniel Road Train Member

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    A good set of duals can almost match a good wide based single . A bad single can be far worse the the duals. Just have to find the rolling resistance numbers.
     
  7. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

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    I had heard that many guys were not set up to change them on site and they could only bring you complete bolt on ready to roll wheels.
     
  8. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

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    might be a scam some shady roadside company pulls -- there's nothing difficult about breaking down and putting on a wide single aside from it being a bit heavier. Same tools required...
     
  9. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

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    Hmmmm maybe. I don't know maybe someone else can chime in...
     
  10. Snoopycda

    Snoopycda Light Load Member

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    body truck.JPG We have them here, our straight trucks are only city P&D mostly.
     
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  11. Cheap Weenie

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    We change super singles in our shop with the same old tools we've used for decades.
     
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