After years of hauling steel on flatbed and covered wagons, and making improvements to make the job easier, I was looking for a way to do the job even safer and easier. The company I was leased to for years had purchased a couple Fontaine CT trailers, and I knew they were no longer being used, so I called to see if one could be purchased. No luck. Later I called again. No luck. About a year later I had changed companies (due to losing our local agent) and was in a situation where these trailers would be perfect, so I called again. This time the answer was "we have decided to sell them", so after a price was set, they delivered it to Gary In, to their terminal, where I picked it up. We have added a winch system to open and close the body, and now almost everyone who see's it wants one, but it is definitely one of a kind, and we can't see any way it will ever leave our fleet.
There is no safer, easier way to haul coils, and even though there is nothing else the trailer can be used for, we will never part with it. We have another trailer for those times we need to do something else.
In October '08, freight was running strong, and we were running two units most of the time, when we pushed our old daycab a bit too hard, and had to get it towed off the highway. We knew that this '85 Pete 359 was for sale, and were able to make a deal, but after a couple months freight died, and it became our spare, and project truck. We have invested a bunch of time and money in it, but feel it was worth the effort. It is now in top shape, and the 3406B, 350 hp Cat is enough for what we are doing. If freight should pick up again we feel that it will do the job for years to come.
When it rains it pours. It was the fall of '05, I had a losd on to deliver on a monday morning, and stopped to weigh the load knowing it would be close on weight. When I tried to move the fifth-wheel to put more weight on the steering axle, the front third-member, which had been rebuilt less than a year earlier, popped. Saturday afternoon is a bad time to try to get anything done, and having freight lined up for monday, and the rest of the week, I had to work fast. I had rebuilt the engine in an old 1980 Freightliner for a friend a few years ago and knew it was sitting, so I called and talked him into selling it. The 6v92 Detroit isn't the most powerful power around, but I had to work fast. By noon monday it was on the road, got us out of a jam, and became our spare. The next spring we started running some intown freight, and this little daycab was the perfect unit. We put air-ride on it, painted it, added an overdrive box, and repaired and updated until it was in very nice condition. We get a lot of nice comments. Now it is a spare, nice to have around 'just in case'.