Trailer breakdowns fall into three categories. Electrical, tire and wheel issues or suspension problems. In this case The leafspring bracket on the right rear side of the trailer had broken. This caused the rear axle to shift out of alignment significant enough for a tire to rub against the trailer frame and smoke. Thanks to an alert and friendly driver on the road we stopped in time before the tire blew.
When a truck breaks down you are most likely looking at a big Towing Bill but when a trailer breaks down there are usually some options. The Kaufman tri-axle 3-car trailer gives you the option of taking tires off of the bad axle and move the truck and trailer off the highway and to a safe place.
Two 7000 Pound rated rear axles, will support a 12,000 pound payload to be moved safely a short distance. So with the four way lights flashing , we Put on the reflective vest, put out the reflective triangles and remove the tires from both sides of the bad axel. We move the trailer on two axles 20 miles, and thanks to Happ brothers truck stop on I 80 in Clearfield Pennsylvania were back on the road in a couple hours. And The buffet is pretty good too.
Removing two tires from a trailer on the side of interstate at night and in the rain with cars and trucks going by 70 miles an hour is not for the faint of heart. In fact it's a terrifying experience, particularly when removing a tire from the left side of the trailer. But so is waiting several hours for a tow truck and paying a $700 towing bill.