One more thing worth noting: Some States allow for a higher (axle/tandem) limit on surface roads. South Carolina, for example allows 36k on tandems. Again, NOT on interstate highways. "The gross weight imposed upon any highway or section of highway other than the interstate by two or more consecutive axles in tandem articulated from a common attachment to the vehicle and spaced not less than forty inches nor more than ninety-six inches apart shall not exceed thirty-six thousand pounds, and no one axle of any such group of two or more consecutive axles shall exceed the load permitted for a single axle." http://www.scdps.gov/scstp/docs/size-weight-limits.pdf So, check your State Law, and if you want to be legal, you may need to take the long way home. It's YOUR call, NOT dispatch.