maximum weight you can load on a dry van

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  1. LandShark

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    call BS on that one....
     
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    Depending on the product, maybe he can't axle out ????????
     
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    if its loaded properly should have NO problem if axel wieght is an issue take back to shipper and have them reload it Correctly

    its really not a very difficult issue to deal with....dont understand why so many make it so hard...you have sliding tandems and if its really that off you can slide 5th wheel too....my rig weighs 33,500 empty and can scale and axle out 46,000 with out much issue..Just make sure the weight is properly distributed thru out the trailer while loading....
     
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    Sometimes, on multi stop loads it may cause that problem.......
     
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    They are wrong and clueless!

    Like I said It all depends on the weight of the empty truck. I pull a flatbed most of the time and my empty weight is 31,500 or thereabouts. With that being my empty weight I can haul 48,500 payload and still be at 80,000.

    I have a dry van that I use occasionally and my empty weight with it is 34,000 pounds, I can load 46,000 in the trailer and still be legal at 80,000.

    Your friends don't know what they're talking about!
     
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    You can argue all day about "max weight" but the point is moot until you have an MT weight with driver and belongings and full fuel. Then it all comes down as to what the balance equals ater subtracting that from 80,000 or where your main route is. The NW allows more than 80,000! There is your first wrench in the equation! But for most of the states it's not a matter of max weight but axle weights and some bridge laws! You can have 43000 pounds on the trailer, not be at over gross and have a heavy axle weight.

    BUT back to your arguement. On MOST dry vans you can get from 45400 to 46500 and be legal. It all goes back to empty weight of the truck and trailer you USUALLY pull. If your company pulls many different types then you need to either scale an mt weight with each different on or just load and figure it out later. I pulled mostly Reefers and I could do 46000 easy with a little work evening out the axles.

    Another thing you will never pull max weights unless it's a dedicated same load all the time.
     
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    blackw900 <strong>The Grandfather of Flatbed</strong>

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    WHAT?????

    I pull max weight all the time...Not on a dedicated run.
     
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    The new stripped-down 386's and Utility trailers we're getting are supposed to allow just over 49,000 in the box.
     
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    The setup I run (International 9900i, 400 ISX, 10 speed, 72 inch high roof sleeper, Stoughton 53 foot van) lets me get 44,600 in the box and still have a little room for error.
     
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    waaaaahh? 15 different bean/millet/sunflower places we load from on a daily basis and all of our trucks, sleepers and daycabs are always running 79,400 to 81,000 (with 3 axle chassis) and nothing dedicated about it

    thank you



    Back to the OP, it can also depend on the trailer. I haul containers, most all 20' containers are rated to a max cargo limit of 60,000 lbs, most 40'/45' are rated to 56,000 lbs. But I recently had a specialize 20' container that could only handle a max cargo of 44,000 lbs. Same goes for some trailers, I remember some of the old PIGGYBACK trailers were only ratedto 42,000 lbs, but I also saw a 53' van the other day that was limited to 43,000 max. Typically though, 44,000 to 46,000 is the most you can legally haul in a van trailer.
     
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