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Posted: 02/20/12 08:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for all your replys!!

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"No need coming on here and making fun of others trucks by calling them a "truckette"."...

How about calling them a "light duty truck" (LDT) then.

"The poster with the 3 axle 5er with disc brakes has quite a bit of help with his load when slowing down"...

OK, now what do you do when the trailer brakes fail ? They can and do fail....mine have twice. It's nice having 22" rubber on the ground and air brakes...makes me feel safe enough to handle emergencies. I prefer not to live on the edge if I can prevent it.

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Gemstone wrote:

"No need coming on here and making fun of others trucks by calling them a "truckette"."...

How about calling them a "light duty truck" (LDT) then.

"The poster with the 3 axle 5er with disc brakes has quite a bit of help with his load when slowing down"...

OK, now what do you do when the trailer brakes fail ? They can and do fail....mine have twice. It's nice having 22" rubber on the ground and air brakes...makes me feel safe enough to handle emergencies. I prefer not to live on the edge if I can prevent it.

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Have the brakes on a KW ever failed?


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Posted: 02/21/12 07:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Have the brakes on a KW ever failed?"....

yep they have, but when they fail, it's usually due to loss of air pressure. When air pressure is lost, the brakes lock up, the truck forced to a stop, and will not move until air pressure is regained. The brakes on my big truck are ample enough to stop my rig in the case of trailer brake failure, that's not the case with a LDT loaded to the max with 20k+ pounds of inertia pushing from the rear.

What happens when the brakes on a LDT fail while towing ?

I chose to chime into the conversation when it appeared the message that towing mega loads with a LDT was OK because someone else was doing it. A simple look at the photo's of rig's in this forum will confirm that clearly some trucks are out matched by the rig they are towing....
In some form, we all seek justification for what we are doing, looking to a forum for answers to questions is great, looking to a forum for justification, IMO, is not.

Bottom line is that we all have to be comfortable with our decisions, that we've made the best overall choice for the circumstances we are dealing with, after trial and error, I'm comfortable with my decision.

As a side note, I started out towing my 19k pound rig with the belief that my Cummins equipped 1 ton was capable of pulling anything, and it probably is...it's just not capable enough to stop it...to suit me.

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Gemstone wrote:

"No need coming on here and making fun of others trucks by calling them a "truckette"."...

How about calling them a "light duty truck" (LDT) then.

"The poster with the 3 axle 5er with disc brakes has quite a bit of help with his load when slowing down"...

OK, now what do you do when the trailer brakes fail ? They can and do fail....mine have twice. It's nice having 22" rubber on the ground and air brakes...makes me feel safe enough to handle emergencies. I prefer not to live on the edge if I can prevent it.

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LDT, Light Duty trucks are what they are..dead on..

I also agree about "what if" the brakes fail? I was going down Saluda grade in NC and my 5er plug in became "un-plugged and I had to basically use the truck to slow down to pull over to the side of the road to plug back in....(only time it's ever happened)...SON...glad the Cummins EB is a very good one.....anyway....THAT's when you realize how important trailer brakes are and just how much that weight behind you can push you around..

* This post was edited 02/21/12 01:38pm by NC Hauler *


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Gemstone wrote:

"No need coming on here and making fun of others trucks by calling them a "truckette"."...

How about calling them a "light duty truck" (LDT) then.

"The poster with the 3 axle 5er with disc brakes has quite a bit of help with his load when slowing down"...

OK, now what do you do when the trailer brakes fail ? They can and do fail....mine have twice. It's nice having 22" rubber on the ground and air brakes...makes me feel safe enough to handle emergencies. I prefer not to live on the edge if I can prevent it.

Regards
Gemstone


What if your air lines get a hole in them and fail? If your you have maxi brakes, they will lock up once you get low on air. Too many what if's in life. I could lose the brakes in my car too, but that does not stop me from driving. Just think about all the variables in life. It will drive a person nutz.


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yes it will, but you might want to modify your suspension, like air bags, that stock suspension is like having no springs at all. It will pound your trailer to the point of breaking crossmembers, probably. Needs a softer ride, maybe an air bag hitch would work ok. Good luck

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