Tag axle, why, would you?

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  1. Autowbars

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    A question, NOT a criticism!

    Why have an extra set of tyres, brake shoes/pads, cables, etc to worry about.
    Our Lunar is 4250kgs Max gross weight, plenty of payload.

    A swift on the site we are at is 2 ft longer than ours at 26 ft.
    So is it length, weight, or what?
    Is it safer on a long vehicle, if so why don't buses have 3 axles?
     
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    Burstner elegance 5000 max gross weight.almost 1000 payload. 30ft long but drives like a car 3ltr 160 BHP 24 MPG and yes some coaches have three axles. Each to there own, if we all liked the same it would be a boring world. Happy travels. (y)
     
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    Don't have one never driven one but maybe they handle nicer . They look dead cool to me and I could never be bothered to worry about a couple of extra tyres.
     
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    Higher weight limit and better stability, predominantly on front wheel drive chassis.

    Martin
     
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    Much easier to handle . Turns very easy :)) Also very stable .
     
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  6. Autowbars

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    In what way are they easier to handle please
     
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    'Plenty of payload' is a moveable feast. What is plenty for you may not be plenty for others. Hence, as full timers, we elect to have a van with 1300 kg payload - and that happens to be a tag axle.

    We certainly don't worry about the extra two wheels - life's way too short. :D
     
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    Tag axle 25ft long very small overhang 5000kgs gross massive payload nearly 1500kgs.
    Beautifully stable to drive 25mpg super easy to manoeuvre under 3 mts high huge garage easily takes 650cc motorbike plus all the stuff we need for 3 months.
    Tyres last for ever don't believe the rubbish about scuffing.
    See plenty of coaches on 3 axles.
    So.
    Why wouldn't you?:eek:
     
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    Now listen here. More wheels bigger toys equals happy blokes. :LOL::LOL:(y)(y)
     
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    Looks cool works for me.....
     
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    If that's a serious question, I would say because most are FWD and class4 on tolls.


    Martin
     
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    No we're class 2 always have been in 5 years.
    FWD so what.
    Park on grass use it in the Alps skiing every winter never been stuck.:)
     
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    You need to change your Tag line Rory:)
    4 Wheels move the body
    2 Wheels move the soul
    6 wheels move Body & Soul(y)
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    Fiat maxi chassis. 4250kg on four wheels.

    That equals lots of pressure on the rear axle, deep ruts in the grass and a tip needed for a tractor driver!

    The 6 wheel van rolls off much more easily.
     
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    Class 2 for us for the 12 years we have lived here too :) Only rip off for us is crossing the Tamar Bridge. 6 pounds !!! 7.5 tonne truck with 4 wheels the same toll as a car ! Fair ? I don't think so :-(
     
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    Friends of ours were Class 4 on the French toll road they strayed onto just a few weeks ago, possibly because they are a touch over 3 metres as well.

    Martin
     
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    You might pay class 2 but you are class 4 at over 3500kg and 3 axles, I don't pretend to know how the automated tolls work out what to charge but it seems to work better for some than others.

    Martin
     
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    Height seems to be the difference . Less than 3m and tgey appear to charge classe 2
     
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    More wheels on the road , less rear overhang and more axles to spread weight over, not affected by sidewinds as much, or passing trucks etc.. plus more brakes doing the stopping etc. And even my A class is like driving a big car, no wallowing even when (over) loaded, doesnt bottom out on G-outs on motorway etc .
     
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    Phil G sums it up.

    Peage tolls in France are height detected as well as axles in some cases. Look for the small beam detector on the approach that measures your height.
    In any case, the difference is negligible in real terms.
    We know, we live here!
     
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