Adjustments to 5th wheel

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Commuter69, Mar 30, 2021.

  1. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    True. That’s less of an issue on my current truck because I have taller stands now. The best part about keeping the fifth wheel so far back, I pull mostly double drops and stretch flats with 18”-24” kingpin depths. I can stand between the drives and disconnect my air lines. 25FBC43C-C104-4074-8B7C-8D000A7D06D6.jpeg
     
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  3. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Too dangerous having light steers on wet roads.

    The truck i have now weighs 13.5 when loaded. No drop axle.. Feels much better then the last truck having the drop axle down and steers weighing 9.5.
     
  4. Long FLD

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    Why no fenders over the front drive axle? I guess if you’re running a headache rack that will keep the rocks off your bunk.
     
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  5. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    Because the company’s cheap. We only run quarter fenders, if a driver wants 1/2 fenders he can pay for them and the company will usually install them. My next truck will probably have 1/2 fenders now that I live on a gravel road.
     
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  6. Commuter69

    Commuter69 Heavy Load Member

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    Another question comes to mind.... when you have additional "drop down" axles, say a 4th axle on the truck, and/or a 3rd(or even 4th) axle on the trailer...... what does that do to the allowable weight balance? On mine; my truck has a steer axle and 2 drive axles, my trailer is 53' and has 2 axles (not spreadable, but adjustable together); so my allowable balance is 12k/34k/34k..... I shoot to get as close to 32/32 as possible.
     
  7. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    Its a good starting point. When you get the truck and have a good amount of weight on the load scale it. Get as close as you can to having 12k on the steers and you should not have to ever move it.
     
  8. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    I could swear I said the exact same thing in post #2. Lol:D
     
  9. bad-luck

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    Lol, missed that my friend....
     
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  10. Long FLD

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    Depends on where you are, how the axles are spaced, and what you bridge out at. Let’s say you have a 4 axle truck and a 4 axle 53ft trailer, the typical PNW set up. You will measure your axle groups to get the maximum weight allowed on the groups, but what will determine you’re allowable gross will be your 7 axle inner bridge. You would measure from the drop axle on the truck to the rear trailer axle, take that bridge allowance and add whatever you can carry on your steer axle to get your gross.

    And just for fun, OR figures their inner bridge different than everyone else.
     
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  11. Dockbumper

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    Brilliant minds think alike!:cool:
     
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