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Old 09-27-2008, 02:54 PM
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Default Tri-Axle Gas Tank Trailer

We'll i have been sitting on two trailer kits for some time now. First is a tamiya gas tanker and the other the Tamiya reefer. I have always wanted to take the tri-axle reefer suspension & super singles mount them on the Gas Tanker and turn the Reefer into a Spread axle Tandem.

So i have begun phase one. The tank trailer. So far so good. I took the frame rails for the tanker match them next to the reefer and drill the nessesery holes to convert the Susp. I have the Tanker 65% finished and was able to snap some Pics here you go...













I have to say i am very immpressed with the Tri-Axle suspension. Very Cool. i also love the Rear Steerable Axle.
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Old 09-27-2008, 03:27 PM
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Cool

Any pics of the spread axle?
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:43 AM
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pretty darn sharp,sweet pete....lol...was just discussing tank trailers with brad this morning...
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Not too fond of closet made shelving....

But the trailer looks sharp!
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:52 AM
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Thanks guys. Nothing on the Reefer yet. that will be a Winter Project. I am going to paint the trailer Dark red too match my cab over. All the Panels & angle red. plus i want to install extra lighting.
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Well trailer is 90% finished, just waiting for my other fenders to come in so i can make my custom tri-axle fenders. I was debating on painting the front & rear end caps red too match and a red stripe down the center aswell, but for now i will run it chrome and save that project for another day. I changed the Mud Flaps too black on the truck and trailer.









I also disconnected the servo from the Fifth wheel and put the manual lever on instead. i was never very happy with it, it always disconnected while i was driving & never when i needed it to.



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Jimmy that looks great I will get them fenders off tomarrow I hope if not sat for sure work is nuts right now.
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Theres a nice idea! I had already thought on applying the reefer suspension and single tires to all the others tamyia trailers, from the pole to the flatbed, but never had the opportunity... the tanker looks really european! Have you thougt on using the reefer fenders also?

Nice work!
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looking better every day,sweet pete...and the move to manual 5th wheel operation,pure genious....lol...alex and i were just discussing manual versus radio operation on some features just a few days ago...

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looking better every day,sweet pete...and the move to manual 5th wheel operation,pure genious....lol...alex and i were just discussing manual versus radio operation on some features just a few days ago...

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Yeah, I'll take manual over the servo-operated anyday. Sure it's cool to some extent, but you don't see drivers in the 1:1s releasing theirs from the cab. Heck, most times when I've done it you're lucky if you can release the lever manually...there's always some moderate cussing and a few violent tugs before she decides to break free!

But nice switch, and this way there will be even less chance of electronic glitching with one less component to worry about!

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Theres a nice idea! I had already thought on applying the reefer suspension and single tires to all the others tamyia trailers, from the pole to the flatbed, but never had the opportunity... the tanker looks really european! Have you thougt on using the reefer fenders also?

Nice work!
You no i did not think about the reefer fenders, i put them together last nite and mounted them up. But i think the trailer needs the fenders to be Chrome, too much black down there. But they are nice fenders.
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Yeah, I'll take manual over the servo-operated anyday. Sure it's cool to some extent, but you don't see drivers in the 1:1s releasing theirs from the cab. Heck, most times when I've done it you're lucky if you can release the lever manually...there's always some moderate cussing and a few violent tugs before she decides to break free!

But nice switch, and this way there will be even less chance of electronic glitching with one less component to worry about!

-Alex
Plus you still have to lower the landing gear by hand, and or remove the Light plug. After coming home from indy that was my only complaint about running my cabover. So this will work much better.
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I finally got my second set of chrome fenders. Thanks Paul. I mocked, cut, glued and Mounted them. I think they came out great. I also got to run the trailer for the first time today. I have to say while i love the tri-axle i do not like the rear steerable axle,Works good going foward, Not good for backing up, its starts to crab walk. So i will move the steerable from the rear to the front, and we'll see how that goes. Worst case i'll just lock it straight. i took a few pics so here you go. She's pretty much set for the East Coast meet this weekend.









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Looks great outside sir. For some reason it looks longer with the tri-axles. Be sure to update how the steer axle does when you move it up front.
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Got coil springs in the steering rods? If you get stiffer ones it might tend to stay straighter. Had to do it to a mock up I did, before they came up with the steering trailer axle. I don't know exactly how that works as I have only seen pics. It uses the shocks to hold or "return" straight right?
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