NEEDING SOME LOADING ADVICE ON A SPREAD AXLE TRAILER
Posted Thu, Jun 30 2011 09:56 PM CST
FRANK POER
NOT WORKING
DECATUR, TX
817-821-0931

Posts: 43

hey all im in need of some addvice bout loading a spread axle trailer goin to haul fats, stockers and hogs. the trailer has a hog deck in the belly never pulled a spread axle trailer and could use some advice.i am used to pullin a closed tandem spring ride company is having me pull this trailer starting next week some your advice can help.
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Posted Fri, Jul 01 2011 02:48 PM CST
JOHN STAPLETON
JOHN STAPLETON TRUCKING
ELKO, NV
775-340-7955

Posts: 1
got to take wider swings with a spread axle trailer. Hook up a dump axle switch onto your tractor. Practice without a load on. REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE
Posted Fri, Jul 01 2011 03:37 PM CST
KENNY KAY
CUSTOM CATTLE COMPANY, INC.
HALLSVILLE, TX
903-720-2324

Posts: 55
Originally Posted by: FRANK POER
Quote: " hey all im in need of some addvice bout loading a spread axle trailer goin to haul fats, stockers and hogs. the trailer has a hog deck in the belly never pulled a spread axle trailer and could use some advice.i am used to pullin a closed tandem spring ride company is having me pull this trailer starting next week some your advice can help."

Frank -here's my two cents worth on a spread axle compared to a tandem axle;

With a tandem -tandem or closed axle, the sum of the legal weight is the same as the legal gross weight - 12k plus 34k plus 34k equal 80k. its is practically impossible to to acheive this maximum distribution of axle weight 80k on a tandem - tandem or also known as a closed tandem, its a theoretical goal.

On a spread axle, the legal maximum gross is still 80k. the driver has room for error at 80k gross, because the sum of the legal weight is 86k. it is possible to achieve 80k and still be legal on all axle weights, 12k plus 34k plus 40k equal 86k. If your rig is legal on gross and loaded heavy toward the rear, it is almost impossible to be overweight on any axle.

Advantages of a spread - no sliding of tandems, this is provided weight on the bill of laiding is correct of course! shouldn't need to scale out as often,they pull better and tend to slide out or jacknife better, a ten foot spread can legally haul 10 tons per axle, hold there valve in resale and lastly they are easier to grease than a closed.

Disadvantages of a spread - can't turn as tight, have to get the load reworked if the axle weights are off, can't trim the weight for even distribution ( a fuel issue ), they eat tires due to lack of scrub, lots of pressure on bearing/tires (front axle) durning turning.

ive pulled them but they were not for me, i current run air ride off set closed tandems on both of my trailers. Hope this helps.

Kenny Kay
Custom Cattle Company, INC.
Hallsville, TX.
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Posted Sun, Jul 03 2011 11:27 AM CST
SCOTT STRUEBBE
SAMS
MARTHASVILLE, MO
636-517-4526

Posts: 11
i personaly like spread better.just remember to load 5000 more on the back then the nose and you will be just fine on the weight. i like it because some states you can haul 86000 legal..and as for as the tires and the turning if there is a dump valve that would help with the turnin and the tires you do need to keep the axles in line.as for as loading i used to load my 53 ft spread like this.......belly,top and back 10000 per cut and the nose 5000 to 6000. just remember that and then just move the animals around to make them more even depending on the size of the load and the size of the animals.. REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE
Posted Fri, Aug 05 2011 05:32 PM CST
ANDY STOCKS
STOCKS TRUCKING
LENA, IL
815-266-9048

Posts: 10
average butcher hog load is 175-185 head without belly rail, using nose decking easy numbers to achieve 25-27 in big holes 15-18 noses 10-16 doghouse, heavy sows average 85 head per load 14 in big holes 5-6 in noses/doghouse, fat cattle 45 head load 4 in the nose, 8 on the back, 16 on top and bottom, feel free to play with numbers just a little bit depending on the size of head count, i pull a spread everyday hauling hogs and as long as you got a dump for your back axle you'll love that trailer! plus the fact that you can axle 40k on that spread makes loading alot easier!!!! REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE
Posted Sat, Aug 06 2011 11:27 AM CST
PAUL MULLER
MULLER TRUCK'N
MILFORD , IA
712-330-1696

Posts: 1
I pull a 53 foot sperad everyday hauling hogs and cattle. I load 15-17 in nose 25-27 in centers 20 in dog house but i have a L shaped dog house and then 26-28 on the back. Fat cattle i load 15-17 in centers 2-4 in nose 5-8 on rear. Feeders all depend on the size. I have a dump valve on the rear axle and it really helps on the tires and turning shorter. Hope this helps you. REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE