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Trailer rebuild/repair thread

Discussion in 'Trailers' started by RZucker, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. colson04

    colson04 Senior Member

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    Yes.

    The lead 3 axles on the pup are on a turntable, but you still burn a lot of rubber. With the short double, you can almost haul as much as a B-train, but it's easier to back into tighter spaces with it.

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    There are upsides to both set ups , depending on what and where you are hauling.
     
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  2. DMiller

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    Take that lead trailer, pack that two axle Joe Dog under it, put that behind a Three Drive axle Mack DM series with a 18 yard body on it in 1978 and you had the set that Gateway Ready Mix in Maryland Heights MO had. Only had to be legal by axle weight for City roads often grossing 167,000 coming out of Westlake Quarry or Weber Quarry or St.Charles Sand in the River Bottom there. How do I know, I ended up putting the MASSIVE drive shaft they had custom built for it in the truck as the driver tootsie rolled the third OE shaft on Creve Coeur Lake Rd hill loaded. Total longest run distance 12 miles, average three loads a week Rock, two sand and another two river stone. Truck never saw 45mph between stops.
     
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  3. RZucker

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    Its interesting that the Comet trailer I worked over was very similar to the Utility that I rebuilt. A few minor differences, but one was mostly a copy of the other.
     
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  4. DMiller

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    They followed similar design strengths as I recall. Utility has changed little I can see other than spreading out the structural members to lighten them up. Is the old Comet Factory still operating producing Danes?
     
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  5. Truck Shop

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    Actually damn near every trailer manufacture copies other manufactures designs.
     
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  6. RZucker

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    Couple pics from last week, put a mud flap bar and DOT bumper on an old Pines brand trailer with a sliding tandem. Also rewired front to rear. 20190917_141354.jpg 20190917_141344.jpg
     
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    Some 'Spensive steel you used there RZ! Must be a Real keeper trailer!
     
  8. RZucker

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    Actually it's an old Consolidated Freightways 40 footer. It's been sitting in a field for 14 years so the wheel seals are rotted out otherwise it doesn't seem to have many miles on it, wheel bearings look like new.
    It's going to a tree and shrub nursery for deliveries and they want it to look nice. I put the mudflaps on the slider so they can run it all the way forward and the bumper had been ripped off.
    Oh, had to clean out the entire air system thanks to the bugs that moved into the glad hands. I always put screen type gaskets in any trailer that doesn't get used much. This one might only get used 4-5 times per year but it will take the load off their 2 straight trucks.
     
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  9. DMiller

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    A lot of my old clients used leftover freight line equipment, I am almost certain one still has a Cambell 66 Camel Painted stainless ribside on his yard but not very much good gonna come of it anymore. Good to know some still make old new again.
     
  10. RZucker

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    It helps that they got the trailer for free. :D
     
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  11. Ronsii

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    That bumper looks nice :)

    How long of mud flaps you gonna hang on it??? I only ask because I see hundreds of them laying about on our jobs... they get ripped off when the truck drivers :rolleyes: back em' into wheel stops... then keep going since the wheel stops are ~6 inches tall(most of em'... I have seen bigger ones but they aren't too common around here) if the flap gets pinched between the rubber and the stop off it comes ;)

    Don't know if there is a dot requirement on how close to the ground they have to be... but if not then I'd put them at least 7 inches above ground... loaded.
     
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  12. DMiller

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    I set the flaps(Longest available) on my little grain wagon pretty low, actually added a six inch steel sheet spacer to drop them below bed floor. Still 6" off grade EMPTY but MO Inspection requirements make it that way.
     
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    Beat you to the punch. These are 8" off the ground empty. Never heard a word from the DOT yet. IIRC DOT says they have to reach the center of the axle unless that has changed. (?) 20190924_063728.jpg
     
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    yeah, the only thing I remember was center of axle :) but you never know when it comes to changing laws ;)
     
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  15. Truck Shop

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    7" to 8" is just right, besides you have spring ride, deflated air ride is what gets those flaps. Please don't hang those cheesy NAPA flaps on it, Damn I hate those.

    NAPA stands for National A$$hole Protection Association.:p
     
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  16. RZucker

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    It helps to move the hangers away from the tires too. Learned a lot from farm field trucks backing up in soft ground.
     
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    Looked up my old Missouri inspection requirements, Max 8" off ground to underside of bed structure and cover full width of tires. Many around here are not even close, dump trucks usually punch holes and rehang torn away flaps high enough to not get snagged backing into stock piles or drop chutes.
     
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    It's really funny that most spring hangers for trucks leave 1.5" of tire showing outside the flap.
     
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    Oops. In my defense, they were on the crane when I bought it. They are the heavy rubber type ones, not the plastic ones, I didn't think they were too bad of mudflaps.

    They did have the napa logo turned towards the tires, and I thought that looked really stupid, so I turned them around. I guess I'll have to spring for a set of nice mack ones with the chrome girly on them?

    In other mud flap news, the f450 flatbed truck I just got, is even more hillbillied. They took one mudflap and cut it in half and hung half of it on each side - crosswise. Is that worse than NAPA ones? The crooked utility knife cut looks extra special.

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  20. RZucker

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    They didn't even get 2 fer one. :rolleyes: Oh, wait... they got scraps from Ronsii.
     
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