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Spread axle or Tri ?

Mar 24, 2021 at 05:46 PM CST
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Spread Axle or tri ? What do you prefer ?

I never loaded grain in either. Always had a hard time getting trailer to axle out. Lots of dumping and adding in, bumping and shoveling. So spread or tri seems way to roll with no worries of over weight axles.

Replied on Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 10:33 AM CST
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I run a spread triple. You're going to run into the same problem as a tandem, maybe more because when you're loading you have your tag up. So you'll grossly overload the tandem until you put the tag down.( 8,000# minimum) Then you're going to transfer weight to the drivers.

Replied on Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 03:07 PM CST
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If you gotta worry about 10 bushels to break even, make a shipper happy or worry about scales than its time to maybe haul somrthing else..If ya can't make it hauling @850 bushels than heck with it..

Replied on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 07:51 AM CST
I'm in New England , we run tandem and tri axles ,tankers dump trailers , 99,000gross weight on 5 axles legal in MA ,RI only need tri axle trailer for VT,NH,ME and NY , CT is only 80,000, my time running flatbeds and refer trailers up and the east coast on 5 axles was always a pain especially if your from New England and axle weights aren't enforced , spread axle 40,000 but get around town horribly, tight tandem playing games with sliding axles and 5th wheels , seems to me if I had to leave New England and run the road again with only 80,000gross weights , I'd want a tri axle , 50,000 on the 3 trailer trailer axles , just load and go , your tare weight would be a little heavier ,but like the man says , and I don't know bushels ,I know gallons and tons , if a few bushel is gonna make or break you ,find something else to haul ., me personally, I hate spread axle tandems .
Replied on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 07:52 AM CST

Even if it's axled correct when you're at the elevator or plant, by the time you have to brake for a four wheeler or bounce around the rough ass hiway, it's gonna move by the time you get to the chicken house anyway. Save the trouble and drive around them anyway.

Replied on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 07:52 AM CST
Quote: "I run a spread triple. You're going to run into the same problem as a tandem, maybe more because when you're loading you have your tag up. So you'll grossly overload the tandem until you put the tag down.( 8,000# minimum) Then you're going to transfer weight to the drivers. "

I ran spread axle on end dumps but not grain. I was thinking spread on hopper would be good. Then I saw the tri. Probably go with spread since I know more about that. Thanks for info
Replied on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 07:52 AM CST
Quote: "If you gotta worry about 10 bushels to break even, make a shipper happy or worry about scales than its time to maybe haul somrthing else..If ya can't make it hauling @850 bushels than heck with it.."

My scale problems usually came from being loaded at small elevators. Always overloading me. Scales on my hopper were useless. I figure with spread and tag 85500 , load for 80 and be good. Maybe a bump or two to move axle weight.