Why do enclosed trailers sit so much lower than open ones?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by MikeKle, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I was looking at an enclosed trailer today, and couldnt believe how low it sat, I guess they have drop axles on them? They sit much lower than an open trailer, just wondering if there is a reason for that?
  2. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    to keep the overall height down as well i suppose.
  3. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    Easy unloading and Loading..You can option out drop axles. but they sit up very high.
  4. zabmasonry

    zabmasonry LawnSite Senior Member
    from C. VT
    Messages: 316

    I'd think that its to keep the center of gravity down, I also agree that its likely for ease of loading, generally I think of slightly more delicate things being loaded into enclosed trailers.
  5. ranger350

    ranger350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I think most of them use torsion axles which would make them sit lower
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yup, height affects fuel mileage and drive-ability.
  7. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    Drop axles on my enclosed. Hell of a lot better than no drop axle.
  8. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. Depends on if it ever goes off the paved roads. We could drag the rear getting into the farm if our trailer had dropped axles.
  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    ours have torsion springs, very nice ride too
  10. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Torsion axels are a must with enclosed. Like you said, rides and pulls nice and smooth.

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