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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.
- Powder-coated White steel (Most common)
- Aluminum: $1,500 upgrade
- Clean buff.
- Dura bright – has a clear coat finish.
- 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.
- 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:
- Standard. 16-7/8 x 8”.
- Mountain brakes. 16-7/8 x 10”.
- Disc brakes. Will stop 30% quicker than standard drum brakes.
- Centri-fuse: saves 62 lbs.
- Lightweight Steel hubs: saves 56 lbs.
Read more in this series, How to Buy the Best Reefer Trailer.
- How to Buy the Best Reefer Trailer
- Spec'ing a High Cube Trailer
- Deep Frozen - Spec's and Options
- Spec'ing a Reefer Trailer for Hauling Produce
- Standard Reefer Trailer Spec's
Options and Upgrades to a Standard Reefer Trailer.
- Insulation, Lights, and Stainless Steel Options
- Wearband, Securement, and Side Panel Options
- Tires, Wheels, Suspension and Brake Options
- Heavy Haul Specs
- Lightweight Savings
Multi-Temp Design Strategies and Perspectives for Single Temp Operators.
- Temperature Ranges and Zones in a Multi-Temp
- Heat Evaporator - Placement and Airflow
- Multi-Temp Remote Control and Shore Power
- Dimensions of a Multi-Temp Trailer
- Driver Safety For Multi-Temp Operations
- Interior and Exterior Lighting
- Bulkheads and Dividers
- Product Safety Features
- Backhaul Restrictions