Re: That Intresting \"Tow Rig\" thread
The only real beef I've got against trailers set up how you described with 2 or 3 axles underneath and the nice, low cargo floor is that they always run tires singled out on the axles. Now I know that proper tire maintanence will eliminate 99% of all tire problems, but I just hate getting flats. It happens sometimes, no matter what you do, especially when covering long distances on unfamiliar routes. Now, if you're watching in your mirror (which you should be) and you catch it right away, it isn't that big of a problem. If you don't catch it right away, it's a huge problem. Moreover, if I get a flat on an axle that has dualed up tires, I can drive to wherever a safe spot to fix it is, instead of dragging a blown out tire to the side of the road and attempting the ol' roadside changeout. It also really hurts me to watch a trailer with 3 axles go around a sharp corner on pavement...that scrub just makes me wanna bust, even if the trailer doesn't. Now I know that tandem axles scrub too...but not as much. Ok, so having the dual tires causes you to have a narrower and/or higher floor...Can't deny that. If it were my ideal trailer, it would be a 2 axle with 8 tires... The floor would be flat, and would clear both axles. Looks kinda like a van trailer so far, right? And we've got plenty of clearance to get out of parking lots without dragging the back end. In between the tow rig and the tandem axle, there would be a dropped section, accessible from the side (a la coach busses) that would hold luggage, spare parts, etc. You could have an aux. fuel tank down there, and even make a door in the top of that section, so you could get at the storage from up in the "shop". And with a 2 axle truck and a 2 axle trailer stretched out over a reasonable distance, I should be able to combine a semblance of manueverability with a combination vehicle that could legally scale quite a bit of weight...and I'd have plenty of tires to comfortably share that load.
I'd still pull it all with a powerstroke...[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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