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Old 10-29-2010, 10:55 PM   #1
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Tag axles on 96,97 gassers ??

Been looking for used class a for several months. Thanks to this site and my fellow members for being so helpful in my education.
I notice a lot of the 35+ ft gassers have tag axles in the mid to late 90's but they seem to dissappear after about 1999.
What's up with that?
I also notice those units seem to sell for a few thousand less than a comparable model without the tag axle

How about a history/tech lesson?
thanka in advance for your responses.
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:31 AM   #2
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Most chassis of that time could not support the weight of coach's being built by mfg's they added the tags to carry the extra weight.
When Ford came out with their F-53 chassis's the tags were no longer needed but mfg's push the weight limits so people had to be careful of how much was loaded in some of these new chassis.
Workhorse also came out with a chassis for rv's in different weight classes.
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I had a 96 Southwind 36 footer with a tag. Needed to tag to carry that much coach on what was a 17,000 lb chassis without the tag. The tag has some fringe benefits too - more stable in cross winds and no porpoising over RR tracks or potholes. The downside is two more tires to maintain and eventually replace.

The tags went away when the chassis manufacturers increased their GVWR to handle the size of the coaches being built. Tags are still used on high end diesel models in the 43-45 foot range and weights upwards of 40k lbs.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:10 PM   #4
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Tags were needed on the early A's because about all of them had a short wheelbase. The coach builder building longer length MH added the tag so they wouldn't do wheelies all the time.

I had a 83 HR with tag. And it was always over the rear GAWR.
As even with a tag added by the coach builder. Didn't change the original P30 OEM GAWR
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For whatever it's worth, our 2000 coach on the F53 20,500 GVWR chassis has a tag axle. Coach length is 37' 8" and the tags increase the GVWR to 22,000 and effective wheelbase from 228" to 242". The tags seem to enhance directional stability and handling.
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