Any comments about single and tandem axle jeeps... I'm currently operating lowboys and beam trailers.... 7 & 8 axles (Tri-axle tractor w 4 axle wagons)... and we need to reduce the weight on the drives..... so I'm shopping around for a single or tandem axle jeep..... any input would be appreciated.
You need to work on your Google Fu. I knew what they were, but didn't expect to find a decent pic at the top of the results. And yes, that's where the 5th wheel belongs, these basically split up the tongue weight between the drives and the jeep.
Go with a single axle.
Take a look at the pic of the the 2axle....unless you are already set up to pull big wagons your neck is too short to use a 2.
Single axle makes your 3axle truck a 4axle and you can still haul smaller stuff in a pinch.
That 2 axle is gonna lock you into a permit and possible escort situation and the load may not have the revenue for it.
As for it not being recognized everywhere, @Sinister will have to elaborate.
I pulled one from Illinois to Texas back to, and up and down the east coast and even out to Vegas once....no problems.
12 ( some states more) 60/80.
Nebraska at Waverly is pretty bad, and the #2 platform is 1500 pounds heavy. I kept getting popped for 123.50 and “correct” it each time. In correcting it I just adjusted the rear quad (and I’ll never know how a hydraulic stinger that sits 10 feet past the rear tridem is a quad) to grotesque limits but hey! The front tridem looked good so he always let me go.
Asked and asked and asked to get routed another way and it only got attention when I started putting that 123.50 on the bosses credit card.
Illinois would issue a permit for that single axle jeep and make no mention of it on the permit.
The jeep had a unit number and a plate.
They would just lump it in with the truck drive axle group. 12/60/60
Marion scales threw a hissy fit over it, and it was somewhat understandable as standard spacing was 4-6, and then there's the jeep, 7...and some change behind the last drive.
It clearly is too far back to belong in that group and yet..........
It wasn't long after that I graduated to a 4 axle and left that single axle jeep to some wanna be me.....eerrrr some other up and comer. (who wanted to be me)