Weight question

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  1. Dirt Pusher

    Dirt Pusher New Member

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    At my terminal we pick up a lot of chemicals. Some of the places we pick up our almost 100 miles away from the terminal. How much weight can be LEGALLY loaded onto a 48 foot van with a single axle tractor?
     
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  3. westdriver

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    45 k if its loaded right with a 3 axle tractor, 24k loaded right with a 2 axle
    If trailer has sliding tandems
     
  4. BIG R GUY

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    A 48’ with a single axle, you can easily load 32,000 if you know how to load it correct....
     
  5. Dirt Pusher

    Dirt Pusher New Member

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    LOL we have guys hauling over 50k out of this place on a regular basis. I have to go there sometimes and it sucks! I usually cut off at around 38k
     
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  6. BIG R GUY

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    I always like to hear the ones that think they are doing the company a big favor by throwing on the last few skids, which puts them overweight. Just let something, anything, any kind of an accident. Your fault or not. Guarantee the lawyers will find out, and your butt will be on the line, along with your CDL. The company will say, the policy is, load it legal.
     
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  7. Dirt Pusher

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    I agree 100% that's why I figured I would ask how and if anyone else had to deal with this, but we all know how it is when you are picking up in dispatch tells you try to get it all.
     
  8. westdriver

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    Im guessing its shipper load ?
    If so , its more than likely not loaded right
    38k really ? Not likely
     
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  9. Crazy Trucker

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    I thought it was 37k. We had a sheet with the break downs of weight. I will look.
     
  10. Dracula

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    Just like my company that sheet is what is mathematically possible, but in real life, ain't legal. You pull it you bought it.
     
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  11. suzy1052

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    Depends on your tractor and trailer empty weight. You can gross 66k with a single axle.
     
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  12. SwampRatt

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    My experience says, 34,500 on a 53'. Slightly more on a 48'. 35,000 +/-, BUT you'll have to be careful to keep the heavy weight off the nose.

    To max a 53' (or even a 48) you'll need to single several in the nose, or use decking bars, straps etc., depending on the specifics.

    Very tough to get it perfect with LTL. So many variables. That's why 34,500 is a good rule of thumb. If they need you to get more, you need a twin screw.

    For your own piece of mind, weigh your unit with an empty. You'll see...
     
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  13. SwampRatt

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    This is when sending a message on the intermec is far superior to a phone call. A far different conversation. You text that you won't knowingly pick up more than 34,500, due to weight restrictions. Stand your ground. Seldom will it go beyond that. If so, the paper trail will work in your favor.

    Of course next time, they might send a hero...
     
  14. Purple Hammer

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    Steer tire max weight is 12000. Drive axle max is 20000 for a single axle tractor. 34000 for the tandems on the trailer. All that combines to 66000 total weight. If you know the empty weight of your truck and trailer a little simple math will give you your max freight hauling capacity. Most drivers should be cautious about maxing out due to the drive axle limit of 20000 lbs. being the most likely to get a ticket for. Also having a full fuel load factors into the equation. Our trailers used to have an orange line on the ceiling. We were told to load only 14000 lbs. in front of the line as a rule of thumb to keep from being overweight on the drive axle. Wish they would start doing that again.
     
  15. Redracer3136

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    Agreed...but I’d check the registration first. Back in my day, city trucks were only apportioned for 54K lbs max weight
     
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    No more than 12000 lbs in the front of any trailer (pup,G, or X) that is pulled with a single axle tractor and 23000 lbs in the back half of any van with tandems. I work with a lot of hero’s that will drag in 45000 on a van and run to the office to let leadership know they saved the day for them.
     
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  17. Dirt Pusher

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    It is shipper load and it is definitely not loaded right. Every time I go there they have like 30 or 40 skids at around 2,000lbs a piece. (usually we have 2 drivers a day go there) Dispatch has never tried to forced me to do anything illegal, but I just feel like I am not doing my job if I don't get all I can get. Everyone else that runs this area daily doesn't seem to be concerned about being way overloaded but I want to be legal, because after all it's my a$$ that is on the line! I appreciate all of the great input from all of you!
     
  18. BIG R GUY

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    Good guys finish last,Dirt. Have you not ever heard that. Last. Like me. Ask Big Dave.
     
  19. suzy1052

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    Sounds like somebody was wiggling out of the road use tax.
     
  20. SwampRatt

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    All good info. The only clarification I'll add is getting the full 12k on the steer. Prior to having a sliding 5th wheel, it was impossible to be over on the steer (without being insanely over on the drives), so some capacity was lost there. Honestly, I've not tried to shift weight to the steer axle, using the slide. Has ANYONE been able to exceed 12k there, on these trucks? I'd be interested in that.
     

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