Tandem Cheat Sheet?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by highflight1985, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. highflight1985

    highflight1985 Medium Load Member

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    I appreciate your feedback. However, I've been driving a little while now and none of this is new to me. I know where the information is, but it's not a quick read and it describes things in feet, not pins. It can't reasonably list all the information it does in addition to bridge laws for every brand of trailer and model. What I was hoping to find was something that could, based on the manufacturer and perhaps model (if there are such things with trailers), tell me what pin to set for what state.

    The sticker on each trailer can tell you this because it is for that particular model, but if it doesn't have a sticker, you're stuck with either measuring or guessing.
     
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    10-4 on the stickers.

    I've looked at trailer manufacturers' websites for the kind of info you seek and haven't found anything. Often wondered why. I mean, they offer sliding tandems. I've never seen anything in terms of pin settings, though. Like you said, it's feet, not pins. But the states measure in feet and inches, not pins. Oh, well. Interesting topic. Safe trip.
     
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    Thanks for the link but is still referring to length by feet and inches instead of the needed pins. Looks like the other thread you referenced had a driver with the same request I have. He's come up empty-handed too.
     
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    I'll poke around some more and see what I can find.
     
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    the flying scotsman Medium Load Member

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    98% of the time my trailers will be set for CA, unless the weight is an issue, then i will give it more of a precise calculation

    keep note of the type of trailers you haul and remember the hole you put it in (no pun intended).
     
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    If I'm understanding you correctly, you don't set the tandems based on a certain hole. You go by numerical measurement. Whatever holes the pins fall into for whatever distance you need is where you set the tandems.
     
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    Uhm..... if your under 34k and 80k , does it matter? I mean i don't know, I'm asking, I use spreads in Texas and keep 40k on the arse.
     
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    I can't answer for spreads...

    But to cornelius, how do you measure 41 feet without a sticker to know which pin to use?
     
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    I pull a pneumatic trailer now, with fixed axles. But in the past, I pulled 53' Wabash vans. I'm sure it differs from one make to another, but for the Wabash trailers, I always set them for even weight within the following guidelines.
    For California, no farther back than 5th hole. For Michigan, no farther forward than 5th hole, no farther back than 14th hole. Everywhere else, no farther back than 14th hole.
    Never had a problem with bridge laws.
     
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