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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
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    Clear Lake, WI / Sebring, FL
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    Default Flatbed or Stepdeck

    Wich do you prefer and why?

  2. #2
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    Feb 2006
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    Herrick, SD USA
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    Default Re: Flatbed or Stepdeck

    Probably a step deck even though flatbeds are a little lighter. Step decks allow you to haul a bit more bulk and keep the weight a bit lower but it does take a little more figuring to get an even load. It isn't a huge issue for us, if I forget to ask we may not even know what we are getting until the truck arrives.

  3. #3
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    Jan 2005
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    Clear Lake, WI / Sebring, FL
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    Default Re: Flatbed or Stepdeck

    The other night I loaded a Flatbed then a Stepdeck . I loaded both in the same night they drove the same way home ,and there were more dead bees on the stepdeck. The bees also seemed angrier . So Im wondering if the stepdeck gets the bees hotter or if the suspension was messed up and it beat them more.

  4. #4
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    May 2008
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    Fresno California USA
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    Default Re: Flatbed or Stepdeck

    I always thought that with a lower center of gravity the steps were easier on the bees. With a smooth loading zone I can lift 4 pallets at once ( deep & shallow) on to a step while the straight trailers I would do 2 & 2. You can put more weight on a straight trailer. It's a longer fall from the top of a straight than from a step. I prefer step decks as they are easier to load.

  5. #5
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    Apr 2005
    Location
    Fruitland ,Idaho
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    419

    Smile Re: Flatbed or Stepdeck

    I would say step decks ride a little hotter (less airflow). The driver has more to do with it than the trailer usually.

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