Tires, Wheels, Suspension, and Brake Options for Standard Reefer Trailer

Tires, Wheels, Suspension, and Brake Options for Standard Reefer Trailer

Submitted by mbair on Mon, 02/08/2021 - 16:02

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Welcome to our series on Standard Trailer Options and Upgrades you’ll want to consider when spec’ing your next reefer trailer. Today's topic is Tire Size, Wheel Type, Suspension & Brakes.

Wheel Options:

  • Powder-coated White steel (Most common)
  • Aluminum: $1,500 upgrade
  1. Clean buff.
  2. Polished.
  3. Dura bright – has a clear coat finish.

Tire Sizes:

  • Standard: Low Pro 22.50".
  • Upgrade: 11R 22.5".
  • Low Pro: 24.50" and 11R 24.5".
  • Wide base tires: 14”.


  • Tandem and Spread Axle configurations.
    • Spread axles commonly come with a 10’ 1” spread.
    • Increases weight by 379LBS.
    • Increases cost by approx. $3,000.
  • Hendrickson, Ultraa-K
    • Most common model.
    • Includes a dampening system through the airbags, eliminating shocks.
    • Heavy Duty options include HK-ANTs. Rated for heavy-duty applications. HK-ANT 46, HK-ANT 50, and Tri Axles are available.
  • Front Axle Lift Kit
    • A front axle lift kit is designed for lightweight trailers with back-hauls of under 18000 lbs. When the trailer is less than 18,000 lbs, the system automatically raises the front axle off the ground, saving wear and tear.
    • Lifts front axle approx. 4 1/5” off of the ground, saving wear on tires & brakes, and you don’t get charged tolls if they’re in the upward position.
    • Sensors: airbag pressure sensors will automatically lift when over 18,0000 LBS and lower when below 18,000 LBS.
      • Adds 85 lbs.
      • Cost: approx. $2,800 (* prices subject change).
      • Saves wear and tear on the tires and braking system.
      • Saves toll cost on bridges and roads (paying for only four axles v.s five axles).

Brakes and Drums:

  • Brakes

    • Standard. 16-7/8 x 8”.
    • Mountain brakes. 16-7/8 x 10”.
    • Disc brakes. Will stop 30% quicker than standard drum brakes.
  • Drums

    • Standard
    • Centri-fuse: saves 62 lbs.
    • Lightweight Steel hubs: saves 56 lbs.

Read more in this series, How to Buy the Best Reefer Trailer.

Options and Upgrades to a Standard Reefer Trailer.

Multi-Temp Design Strategies and Perspectives for Single Temp Operators.


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