What Is This Trailer For?

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PackRat's Comment
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Exactly. The turbine blades themselves are not overly heavy, just incredibly long, so they use a specially-designed telescoping trailer. That trailer The Real Diehl showed could be for any heavy object. The more axles and tires means that the weight can be distributed onto more point of contact with the road surface.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I have to say that all these HUGE objects that modern technology has made possible are a big boon to the trucking industry. Never before has the means existed to move these incredibly long/heavy loads long distances. My first truck driving experience was in Oklahoma working two years for a house mover. I was just in my early twenties, so it was over 40 years ago. And there will never be an autonomous truck that can pull a house, in my humble opinion.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It's a heavy haul trailer. The extra axle sections help carry the weight and also follow like doubles or triples. In this particular photo, that's a D11 dozer on the back weighing roughly 225,000#.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Wrong photo dangit. That's a crane section, not the dozer photo I was looking for but you get the idea lol.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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The Lowboy that Real Diehl posted looks like an RGN.. perhaps (?) ... as far as that and the others (awesome pix, btw..) have a question, because H/H and OS/OD/OW intrigues me...

WHO steers the dolly(ies?) / jeep ??? The driver? A pilot car or two?

Chris M ; we live by windmill farms and the 179th airwing.. yeah, they usually are just on super stretch trailers around here, too.

Interesting find, RD. Piqued my interest, as well. Too bad Pat M. and Bud A. aren't around anymore; they might know. Then again, don't even know that THEY'd KNOW, haha!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It depends on the trailer as for how it steers. Some will be cable activated on the trailer itself, others have a remote that the driver controls and some of the larger ones will have an actual steering platform that a second operator will control for tight, low speed maneuvers. I'll have to look and see if we have any pics on the company website of the steering platform style. The one in the main photo doesn't appear to have a pivot so there isn't any additional steering mechanism aside from the jeep up front.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I bet it's for oversize loads.

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Thanks Captain Obvious!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Closeup view of a similar sort of trailer...

One of our driving "coaches" I referred to as "Old School" (Norm) took us to see where he used to work and where he retired from after 47 years as a driver.

Said he never hit a curb so there was no reason we should. He drove heavy and oversized most of his career...

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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he retired from after 47 years as a driver.....said he never hit a curb

Nooooo, I'm sure he never did. Not once. Even fishermen are thinking, "My God these truck drivers exaggerate their success!"

If a truck driver said it, it must be true.

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PackRat's Comment
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Definitely!

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