Stuck With Super Singles

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Joseph I.'s Comment
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I drive a newer Cascadia with super singles and only one live axle. I work mostly in the upper Midwest and have troubles with getting stuck in icy conditions especially in yards when empty. What are some solutions or hacks guys use to help in those conditions? I was stuck on virtually flat ice in a truck stop yesterday and needed to let the truck sit till tires basically cooled to the point of freezing to ice to get going again.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Hi Joseph,

Can you throw the differential lock switch on that model? That will give both axles power to get you out of a bind like that.

I helped a driver in a slushed up dirt lot who was spinning all four supers trying to move the trailer he had just hooked. Ended up wrapping one of our cargo chains around each front drive and I pulled from a safe distance as the tire ate it under and bounced forward slowly. Not a great way but a last resort.

Matt H.'s Comment
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I bought two pair of these. They work great so far. One for each drive position. Once I roll out I get to better ground then walk back and pick them up. They fit right in the side box.

SubZero 12501 GripTrax Traction Tool.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001FXIOCC?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

Rob T.'s Comment
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Have you tried dumping the airbags? Some senior guys where I work told me if you're empty and cant get traction dump the airbags because it adds more weight to your drives. Not sure if it actually makes a difference though.

andhe78's Comment
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We all carry a couple sets of strap on tire chains. Fast and easy way to a get a little extra grip when you need it.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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I can lock the differential and that helps some also have dumped the air and did the opposite, both helped some but still mostly just one live axle and super singles empty on ice is about as worthless as it gets. The boss has a pallet of chicken scratch, which is heavier and bigger than sand, that he said helps some also he said grab a bag and leave it in the truck in the winter. My biggest problem is most of our trucks go south on Monday and back on Friday so they are not in the weather as much. I got 2 kids in high school yet so do not have to be home every night but I operate more throughout IA, MN and WI picking and delivering what is brought back from Laredo during the week.

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.

andhe78's Comment
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Forgot to mention that when I was running super singles , a bucket of kitty litter got me out of a couple situations like you described.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Try using the highest gear you can to get moving, like 5th or even 6th. Less RPMs equals less spinning of tires. Nothing wrong with super singles vs the conventional dual-tires setup. The singles actually have more of a contact area with the road surface.

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.

000's Comment
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We all carry a couple sets of strap on tire chains. Fast and easy way to a get a little extra grip when you need it.

Ain't nothing fast & easy about throwing iron on super singles!! 🤬

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

andhe78's Comment
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Ain't nothing fast & easy about throwing iron on super singles!! 🤬

I wasn’t talking about a set of regular chains. STRAP ON TIRE CHAINS. Look them up.

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

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