Flatbed ?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mowman, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Does one need a dual wheel truck for a flatbed or can a single rear wheel truck be used? All the flats I've seen are Dually's no single axle's that's the reason for the question. Hope you guy's don't think it's a STUPID question. Thanks for your help.

  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    not stupid question at all.i have seen a few with out duals. let me put it to u this way, why not? tthe duals just alow u to put more weight on.
  3. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    "The only stupid question is the one that isn't asked" :cool:

    Flatbeds on single rear wheel trucks are no problem - 2 of the 3 welding trucks at my work run singles.

    As sts points out, the duallies are mainly there to increase cargo capacity. Depending on how wide the flatbed is, it might LOOK a little odd with single rear wheels but as for installation/general use - no problem. Just keep in mind that your GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) stays the same regardless of what style box/deck/body you go with.
  4. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    couldnt the flatbed lower the amount of weight u can handle because its heavier?
  5. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    Depending on how the deck is built, yes that's a possibility. However, unless you really go "mental case" and built a REAL heavy deck, the difference in weight/capacity shouldn't be a problem.
  6. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    Beleive it or not Flatbeds can actually weigh less. Depending on how they are built (Aluminum). While there is an increase in capacity with duals most of the added weight ability is usually from the fact that cab & chassis trucks (duallies) have a different rear spring than SRW pickups. I would not hesistate to run a flatbed just be aware of the limits of the truck.
  7. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    Most the flatbeds I see are also dually's, but I have seen singles...they look funny cuz I hardely ever see em. I think that dually are also more stable and have wider decks. If you put a deck meant for a dually on a single, there would be a lot of space sticking out past the wheelbase, making it unstable.
  8. Robert Doubrava

    Robert Doubrava LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I've seen mainly duallies, but i've also seen a lot of singles, too. I don't think it's a bad idea.;)
  9. Pauls Mowing

    Pauls Mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    I'd stick to duals if the flat bed dumps. I have a 9' flat on mine, and the duals make it quite a bit more stable when the dump is up.

    I've seen a few flats around here with singles on the rear, but none of them dump.

  10. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    Has anyone converted a regular bed to a flatbed truck? Can anyone tell me what is involved? I am in for a new fabrication, but would consider purchasing a new deck. I assume I would have to move or alter the gas tank filler tubes, and I have two of them. Also if I go with an aluminum deck, will I need a special gas set up on a mig or a tig to do any welding, or can I get buy with a stick welder with special sticks. My last aluminum trailer required a mig, but that was a few years back.



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