Anyone Know What This Trailer Is Used For?

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Sorry, I know this has nothing to do with CDL school or driving, but it has been driving me nuts for years.

I have asked a few trucker friends, and no one so far has known what these trailers are for. At one time I saw one every few days, though lately, I haven't noticed them.

It appears the doors on the side open inward, though I could be mistaken. From the axles, it appears to carry heavy freight.

We grow a lot of fruit around here, but I don't see how that trailer makes sense for fruit either.

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I think they carry wood chips and loose stuff like that. The back door opens and the floor pushes the contents out. It's a slow process. Saw a video once on YouTube.

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I think they carry wood chips and loose stuff like that. The back door opens and the floor pushes the contents out. It's a slow process. Saw a video once on YouTube.

Not finding them, but you may be right. Makes sense.

I did find this. How would you like to take this ride?

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When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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I think they carry wood chips and loose stuff like that. The back door opens and the floor pushes the contents out. It's a slow process. Saw a video once on YouTube.

I believe you are correct; saw one ONCE here in Ohio; personally I thought it was grain, but yep, it's got that conveyor belt floor in it, yea? The engine for the belt is in that box behind the tag axle, but between the split tandems , methinks. Looks like the top opens too. INTERESTING find; wish I could find the video. Got a link?

Call me 'intrigued' at the least, also!!

Great find, Grumpy!!

... and nope, on that ride, haha! I don't do heights too well.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I wish I could find the original picture, that is downloaded from facebook. It is not full quality.

I have been wondering for a few years what it was for.

Jerry M.'s Comment
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It does look like a bulk hauler of some sort, I've seen potatoes hauled in them. It's in too nice of shape to be used for garbage and it's missing the big push bar for when they get stuck. Probably a walking floor (the control/and or power box in front of the axle), but the doors on the side are odd. I've usually only seen them in the nose, but maybe for easier cleanout? Having said all that, that looks to be on I-190 and there is a huge landfill just north of Niagara Falls so I guess I'll have to take "I don't know for $50 Alex." Jerry

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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It does look like a bulk hauler of some sort, I've seen potatoes hauled in them. It's in too nice of shape to be used for garbage and it's missing the big push bar for when they get stuck. Probably a walking floor (the control/and or power box in front of the axle), but the doors on the side are odd. I've usually only seen them in the nose, but maybe for easier cleanout? Having said all that, that looks to be on I-190 and there is a huge landfill just north of Niagara Falls so I guess I'll have to take "I don't know for $50 Alex." Jerry

Needed that chuckle; the "I don't know for fifty, Alex~!" hahahaha! Me neither.

Still a great find, Grumpy. Keep searching; I shall help. Called one of my trucker buddies and he's stymied as well. He is actually in NY, LoL. Why the tag axle, Jerry?? Then it 'is' kind of a dump truck? Why the 'covered' roof?

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Paging Old School and G Town and Brett . . . . . (crickets) :)

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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It does look like a bulk hauler of some sort, I've seen potatoes hauled in them. It's in too nice of shape to be used for garbage and it's missing the big push bar for when they get stuck. Probably a walking floor (the control/and or power box in front of the axle), but the doors on the side are odd. I've usually only seen them in the nose, but maybe for easier cleanout? Having said all that, that looks to be on I-190 and there is a huge landfill just north of Niagara Falls so I guess I'll have to take "I don't know for $50 Alex." Jerry

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Needed that chuckle; the "I don't know for fifty, Alex~!" hahahaha! Me neither.

Still a great find, Grumpy. Keep searching; I shall help. Called one of my trucker buddies and he's stymied as well. He is actually in NY, LoL. Why the tag axle, Jerry?? Then it 'is' kind of a dump truck? Why the 'covered' roof?

Could be grain too, I guess. And the doors were what confused me, why 3 sets.

And yes, that landfill stinks to high heaven. I live about 5 miles away, luckily the smell doesn't come this far. :)

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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It does look like a bulk hauler of some sort, I've seen potatoes hauled in them. It's in too nice of shape to be used for garbage and it's missing the big push bar for when they get stuck. Probably a walking floor (the control/and or power box in front of the axle), but the doors on the side are odd. I've usually only seen them in the nose, but maybe for easier cleanout? Having said all that, that looks to be on I-190 and there is a huge landfill just north of Niagara Falls so I guess I'll have to take "I don't know for $50 Alex." Jerry

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Needed that chuckle; the "I don't know for fifty, Alex~!" hahahaha! Me neither.

Still a great find, Grumpy. Keep searching; I shall help. Called one of my trucker buddies and he's stymied as well. He is actually in NY, LoL. Why the tag axle, Jerry?? Then it 'is' kind of a dump truck? Why the 'covered' roof?

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Could be grain too, I guess. And the doors were what confused me, why 3 sets.

And yes, that landfill stinks to high heaven. I live about 5 miles away, luckily the smell doesn't come this far. :)

The guy I spoke to in NY said maybe they load the grain separately (but in side doors... huh?) and then use that conveyor (moving floor) to mix? East Mfg. is here in Ohio; if nothing else, I'll stop by this week. I looked on their website, and there is NOTHING that even comes close to that one. I'm extremely intrigued, tbh. I'm kinda like Sheldon. If I don't know something, I will find it out, haha!

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