For transporting two large, open top containers, a combination of a heavy truck and a full trailer is the way to go. A full trailer can stand on its wheels without any support, regardless the weight distribution. The standard configuration for such a big rig is a trailer with three axles, coupled to a truck with three or four axles, resulting in a 50 metric tons combo.
A fine example rolled and roared along the curb, the other day. The Scania S500 6×2 (500 hp from a 12.7 liter, inline-six) was towing a GS trailer. The truck’s hooklift system is also used to put a container on and off the GS.
That must be a load of fodder beets, I’m quite sure the rig was on its way back from a dairy farm nearby. The tall containers as seen here, with grain hatches in the doors, are widely used in the agribusiness.
“If only I was allergic to tobacco and beer”…that’s what it says on the back of the trailer, when translated. Duly noted.
The full (and full) trailer follows the track of the truck perfectly. No shortcuts here, when cornering. Also, the overall length limit for a truck and trailer is 18.75 m (61’6”) rather than 16.50 m (54’2”) for a semi.
Now reversing the rig is another story. Skills and experience are required for backing up a big truck and full trailer flawlessly, as such a trailer has two steering pivot points, instead of only one. Anyway, CC’s Kiwi Trucker Bryce can tell you everything about it.
Watch this video to understand the meaning of “backing up flawlessly”, starting on the main road and then all the way to the back of the yard.