High-lift steering axle suspension extends tire, trailer life: Titan Trailers

ParaMax, a high-lift suspension system available on all Titan trailers, is said to offer a more comfortable ride and extend tire and trailer life for haulers operating on rough roads and off-road

ParaMax, a high-lift suspension system available on all Titan trailers, is said to offer a more comfortable ride and extend tire and trailer life for haulers operating on rough roads and off-road.

The ParaMax high-lift steering axle system, designed by Titan Trailers, is rated to 25,000 lbs. with steer angles at 30 deg. It is designed to provide high-lift capabilities of up to 10.5 in. and 13.5 in. of the total axle travel capability, Titan said.

“We work closely with our customers in the field and we see what they go through,” said Mike Kloepfer, president. “Conventional steering axles with trailing arm suspensions having limited up-travel and were not capable of handling the extreme conditions of many logging roads, quarries and landfill sites. So we tasked our engineering group to find a better, more durable solution that would also reduce the cost of operation due to extended tire life and reduced tire damage.”

The suspension is designed with a high-travel parallel linkage, allowing it to lift the axle higher than competitive steer axles. This ensures that lift plates stay parallel for increased airbag life and reduced tire wear, the company said.

The trailers may also be fitted with super single low profile tires to allow even more clearance. Furthermore, according to Kloepfer, the tracking capability of the ParaMax means that even under rough conditions, the tracking of the tires is constant and complete and minimizes the potential for uneven tire wear and damage.

The design also allows the left side and right side to adjust independently to relieve stress on the axle and suspension.

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