Anyone Know "Steerite" Tri-axle Haulers?

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Jake T.'s Comment
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I'm about to buy a used "Steerite" brand enclosed 28' racing-style car hauler. I'd greatly appreciate any information from anyone familiar with these odd trailers.

It is a tri-axle trailer, but one axle is located at the front of the box and it STEERS!

The other two axles are located spaced in a "normal" array and located towards the rear of the trailer. Both rear axles have elec brakes.

All 3 axles are rated around 5k, with 225/75-15's.

The company's promo material touts how the design removes virtually all weight on the tongue, making it a better choice for non-dually one-tons as well as 3/4 & 1/2s. It would also seem to reduce/eliminate the low-speed & tight-turning negative traits associated with a standard tri-axle, while still providing the add'l load rating, stability and security of a third axle & tires.

I'm about to pull the trigger at $16k, which is a good $5k-plus more than a common enclosed tri-axle in the 20'-30' range.

I really like this trailers dimensions and versatility, but I'd feel a LOT better hearing opinions from folks who KNOW them; how they handle loaded on the road in real-world conditions (wind, uneven/slippery surfaces, etc).

Many Thanks!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Sorry you might get someone here who knows what you're talking about or will Google it for you, but this is a site to help people get into trucking as company drivers. Good luck with your adventure.

andhe78's Comment
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Aren’t you basically describing the running gear that is under hay and chopper wagons? Growing up on a dairy, they’re a pain to back unless you know what your doing (extra pivot point.). I’d also check the sway. Something else to think about, all your weight is off the tongue, so you need to make sure the truck is heavy enough to pull it fully loaded (traction.)

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Jake T.'s Comment
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Many thanks for replies. Yeah, a hay wagon came to mind to me, too. Re weight, with the tow vehicle an '06 Ram 3500 4x4 5.9 you make a strong point re no tongue weight. Based on that insight, I passed on it. Thanks again!

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