Super Singles Or Dual?

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D's Comment
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For you seasoned drivers, which is the preference or favored tractor wheels?

Steve L.'s Comment
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Whichever the company pays for is fine with me. :)

Tractor Man's Comment
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Whichever the company pays for is fine with me. :)

That, Sir, is a great answer.

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I believe the touted advantage of super singles is the lighter weight compared to duals. Also, there may be less rolling resistance, therefore better fuel mileage. I believe Turtle runs singles on his rig. I'm sure he can set me straight if I have misspoken.

Super Singles:

A single, wide wheel substituted for a tandem (two wheel) assembly. The main benefit of a super single is a reduction in weight and lower rolling resistance which provide better fuel economy. The disadvantage is the lack of tire redundancy (or a 'backup tire' in case of a blowout) from which tandem wheels benefit. A tire blowout is more dangerous with a super single and can not be driven on.

PlanB's Comment
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Prime runs all super singles. With the rare exception of some lease/owned trucks on certain accounts I believe.

Super singles are lighter and therefore have less rotating mass which improves fuel economy.

Also the reduction in weight on the truck allows the it to haul slightly more cargo weight.

Super Singles:

A single, wide wheel substituted for a tandem (two wheel) assembly. The main benefit of a super single is a reduction in weight and lower rolling resistance which provide better fuel economy. The disadvantage is the lack of tire redundancy (or a 'backup tire' in case of a blowout) from which tandem wheels benefit. A tire blowout is more dangerous with a super single and can not be driven on.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Duals for sure. They have better traction and ppsi and you're not stuck on the side of the road if one blows.

PackRat's Comment
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Wide based Michelins for me, on aluminum wheels. Lower rolling resistance and better fuel mileage. Less money into the fuel tanks. Have yet to get stuck on any asphalt road, dirt road, concrete surface, or gravel lot.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Definitely duals. I'd have a hard time working for a company that runs super singles and actually turned down an offer from a company a few months ago... They run super singles. I just can't. Call it irrational or whatever, but I feel that strongly against them. I cannot tell you the number of trailers I've seen leaning precariously, or pulling up to a shop with a seriously chewed up rim after blowing a super single. At least with duals, you still have a tire on that axle. I also think you'd get less traction with a super single than you would a set of dual tires.

Super Singles:

A single, wide wheel substituted for a tandem (two wheel) assembly. The main benefit of a super single is a reduction in weight and lower rolling resistance which provide better fuel economy. The disadvantage is the lack of tire redundancy (or a 'backup tire' in case of a blowout) from which tandem wheels benefit. A tire blowout is more dangerous with a super single and can not be driven on.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Amish country's Comment
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If I had the choice I'd switch mine to duals. You dont get the same traction with singles. When I'm empty they will lose grip on wet roads and they've been pretty bad in the snow so far. Like Susan said, blow a tire and you're stuck. At least with duals you might be able to limp it to a shop or at least save the rim.

Is the weight savings that significant? I've used both types on trailers and they weighed the same. Our Mack's run duals and they weigh very close to my my Volvo with singles.

PJ's Comment
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Duals of course... It hasn’t been that long too that super singles have been readily available in alot of places. If you loose one your dead in the water, plus I have never seen one go without ruining the wheel. So you can plan on a tire and wheel. I learned on the farm many years ago you get better traction with tall skinny tires than wide short ones...I have driven both and really didn’t notice a big difference in the ride.

Super Singles:

A single, wide wheel substituted for a tandem (two wheel) assembly. The main benefit of a super single is a reduction in weight and lower rolling resistance which provide better fuel economy. The disadvantage is the lack of tire redundancy (or a 'backup tire' in case of a blowout) from which tandem wheels benefit. A tire blowout is more dangerous with a super single and can not be driven on.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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I run on singles and don't have any experience with duals so I can't really compare the two.

Sometime back I had a flat on one of my drive singles and thankfully it didn't hurt the rim.

Our flatbed trailers have duals, as opposed to the reefers that have singles. I once blew an outside tire on the rear axle of my flatbed and was able to simply dismount the flat and run the rest of the way to the terminal on just the one tire. I was empty at the time. Had I been on super singles I would have been stuck waiting for road assist.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Super Singles:

A single, wide wheel substituted for a tandem (two wheel) assembly. The main benefit of a super single is a reduction in weight and lower rolling resistance which provide better fuel economy. The disadvantage is the lack of tire redundancy (or a 'backup tire' in case of a blowout) from which tandem wheels benefit. A tire blowout is more dangerous with a super single and can not be driven on.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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