Wiggle wagons

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Bodhiknight, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. Mack185

    Mack185 Medium Load Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    If you're at UPS, the paperwork clearly says what percentage each trailer is. I can't remember but IVIS may as well. Higher percentage would supposedly be heavier.
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  2. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Valrico FL
    Key word supposedly lol. Until the "empty" has all of the irregs thrown on the tail. There is no point in trying to figure it out there, you just hook em and roll.
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  3. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    With parcel that may be the case. Freight on the other hand is a different animal, with that ton of feathers vs a ton of bricks scenario.

    A full load of class 50 freight wouldn’t come close to cubing out a pup, while class 300 freight most certainly would at about 10% of the weight.
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  4. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    Overnights thru the I-40 gorge in NC there are fedex doubles who i cant even come close to hanging with, and ive raced most things on wheels. Some of those dudes could teach nascar whats up.
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  5. JPenn

    JPenn Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern Tier NY
    I am actually lining up equipment to build a rig almost exactly like that red Freightliner, but with double 28's. Finding 28' flats is hard, though. Got a line on a few cabovers of similar vintage. Why? Because it's not going to be my primary gig, I've got a use case to justify monetizing it, and I need a hobby.
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  6. JPenn

    JPenn Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern Tier NY
    Now, while I'm still here, I have a question about pinning turntables. How can you turn with the turntable on the tail trailer pinned? Or is it more like get the set lined up, pin the turntable, then straight back?

    I'm still stuck on C dollies, I guess...I would really just prefer a B-train but don't think they quite fly in the US's regulatory scheme. C dolly seems as if it would operate very similarly, but still be a "convertor dolly" that can be separated from the set.
  7. Zeviander

    Zeviander Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    Winnipeg, MB, CA
    Do you have a suspension air gauge for your tractor suspension? Hook up to each trailer individually and you'll know which one is heavier.
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  8. Snow Monster

    Snow Monster Medium Load Member

    Feb 9, 2019
    If the pins aren't lined up with the holes just pull ahead or back up a little to straighten the pup and converter, until they line up and pop in.

    If you're backing them up and need to turn sharply the converter tires will skid rather than steer, not so much when loaded.

    You need to talk to your lawmakers about making B trains a reality in the USA, if only because they don't wiggle, unless you want them to, (safer), plus there's so much less dickin around to hook 2 or 3 or them together and still be able to back them up.

    Even docking them is easier.
    Back the whole rig to the dock, drop the pup, line the lead up with it's door, pull a lever, the suspension and 5th slide under the trailer, back it to the dock, unhook the lead and onto to the next task.

    Actually, US lawmakers should have been on the case 40 years ago, you're way behind the times!
  9. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    B trains are legal, at least in a lot of states, the problem is they will not bridge the weight, at least here. They are actually even legal on roads a regular set of doubles are not here.
  10. JPenn

    JPenn Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern Tier NY
    I don't want them for weight, I want them for deck space. Looking at some lightweight hauls... A set of 28's gives me 56 feet of deck, as opposed to the usual 48 or 53 flats. Don't need more than 28 feet of continuous space.
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