Saturday, August 29, 2020

Modular Factory Carriers Don’t Have to be the Problem from Hell

For the past couple of years I’ve been offering carriers to modular factories across the United States and during that time I’ve been hearing horror stories about carriers that are currently owned and used by modular home and commercial factories, none of which are my carriers.

Check out the number of spare tires on the back of the truck!

The carriers owned by almost all the modular factories are usually locally produced and use HUD axles and tires. There is no standardization. Some factories own hundreds of these carriers.

(6) Pc Mobile Home Tires With Axle Assemblies

I recently visited a modular factory where more than a hundred carriers were piled up waiting for repairs to the frame, new HUD axles and tires. Those HUD axles and tires are meant for one way use by manufactured home factories before being removed and resold back to manufactured home factories.

They are not expected to be used year after year and they don’t have the weight load rating needed to haul a 40,000 pound IRC or Commercial module. That is why you may see carriers with 8, 10 and even 12 HUD axles and tires on many modular carriers.

Problems occur when those carriers have to make sharp turns in a town or city where only the center axles pivot and the other tires are dragged along the street peeling off the tread.

To recap the problems of modular factory carrier problems:

  • The carriers are usually made locally to no industry standard

  • They use HUD axles and tires which need repaired or replaced frequently

  • The carriers need extra axles and tires to handle large loads

  • The cost to keep those carriers safely on the road is huge for some factories

The carriers I offer are different in that they are built using heavier frames, better axles and tires (even though you can order those HUD axles if you want them), offer many options including pneumatic lifting systems, outriggers, expanding chassis and much more.

Are they cheap? Absolutely not! “The cheap is always more expensive”

In order to help begin replacing your current HUD based carrier fleet with this better grade of carrier, I have secured a leasing company that will help finance as many as you need.

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Dan McCord said...

This is a huge problem that no manufacturer wants to address. It’s a time bomb

Kevin said...

AMEN...My last home traveled 330 miles from NC to VA, during the trip 2 carriers lost 39 tires due to blow out tire drags as Gary describes in this article. It arrived with 9 axles on each carrier and 6 tires flat or missing as they ran out of spares. You cant drag 9 axles making turns in that distance without major tire issues. I have noticed "shed builders" using some of the most advanced carriers I have ever witnessed, with hydraulics that lift and turn sheds separate of the carrier in addition to each axle having an independent suspension systems where each tire can turn in the direction of travel.

My first job was in the waste management industry and heavy equipment along with routine maintenance is the lifeblood of remaining profitable as downtime was the number 1 revenue lost. Tires and weight distribution/aka axle placement on the chassis were a big part of that maintenance and yes we could buy cheaper tires and cheaper truck designs yet we found that the most expensive tires/trucks on the market were the best overall in terms of wear and tear, blowouts, and of course downtime due to blowouts and flats. So cheaper is always the most expensive in many ways. 35 years ago front tires alone cost $1800+ dollars on a garbage truck, that cost is cheap in comparison to the total loss of a 150k truck, the loss of life a blowout on a truck weighing 90,000 pounds loaded can cause to innocent motorist driving along side or the loss of the driver trying to maintain control due to a blowout.

Just like we wouldn't place cheap tires on a $150,000 truck why would you place a known hazards on a $150,000 home. We all understand you have a usable product and to replace that product has a price tag that affects both company and consumer. Damage, downtime, and accident insurance cost sometimes are hidden cost that fail to get inputted attention into the overall cost of transportation yet impact the final product condition the most.

Change is not easy when bottom lines are impacted, we all understand that factor, yet the loss of life, product losses and downtime have a cost factor as well, so safety first, bottom line 2nd in this race. I would rather see the industry police itself versus DOT mandates that create knee jerk reactions versus sound safety actions that can be put in place. Safety and marketing get put on the back burner when money is tight and competition is fierce.

Thank you for allowing me to comment.

Heath Sartini said...

Amen!!!! This is a HUGE problem....