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    Tag or lift axles

    Anyone know what the laws are on tag axles. Someone told me you get taxed for every mile the axle touches the ground, therefore using a hubmeter to keep track of miles. I say if its registered for the extra axle then thats all tha need be done.

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    We had them on our gasoline tankers and we never kept miles on the drop axle. Maybe if you had a permit for a certain number of axles and they kept that one sperate. All I know about the laws for drop axles is the state of NV would not allow us to have the control inside the cab. We had to lower or rasie while we were outside.

    Our drop axle was right behind the fuel tank and you only forgot to raise it once in the rain or ice because you had no steering.

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    In Missouri we don't keep track either, that I'm aware of. Most dumps have the switch in the cab and trailers are half and half inside/outside from what I've seen. I just keep it down loaded except on turns and keep it up empty. Nobody ever gave me the laws/regs on them, they just said get in and drive. Came up with the rest on my own.

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    I thought you could have the switch in the cab, but the air pressure regulator had to be outside. Here in this state they have to be certified for so many pounds of air pressure.

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    I don't know who told you that pedal pusher, but I've had lifts and you don't get taxed for them.

    There are rules to using them in ohio. What kind of outfit do you have this on? Trailer or dump truck?

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    Here in MD you pay for your registered gross, not how many axles. The only place the number of axles matters is at the toll booth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MACK E-6 View Post
    I thought you could have the switch in the cab, but the air pressure regulator had to be outside. Here in this state they have to be certified for so many pounds of air pressure.
    The Kenworth I drove had the switch and regualtor in the cab. Last Mack I drove had the switch in the cab andregualtor outside, so I guess it goes both ways. 60 PSI is what I ran if I remember right.

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    In North Dakota and Minnesota the switch can be inside the truck but the regulator must not be excessible from inside the cab. Meaning it can be in the side bunk or outside the truck.

    All the ones on our companies trucks have a switch on the dash. Most lift them for turns otherwise they are always down when loaded and up when empty.

    But there is no extra tax for a pusher axle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MACK E-6 View Post
    I thought you could have the switch in the cab, but the air pressure regulator had to be outside. Here in this state they have to be certified for so many pounds of air pressure.

    That's the way we had it but the air pressure was adjusted to take weight off the steer. So I don't think there was a specified amount of psi as long as you made the limit.