Can I load this way?

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  1. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    What we're trying to do is see if there's a way if I can use blocks to drive the hd5 further to the back of the trailer to fit another machine in front.

    If we can't that's perfectly fine I just want to make sure that we're legal and safe whatever we do.

    So we were thinking about getting 8x8s that are the width of the trailer and running the hd5 up over them and then using dunnage for the bucket but the tracks would be about another two feet or so further back than where they are in the photo.

    So I guess basically I'm asking if it's legal to run the machine up on an 8x8 that runs the width of the trailer like I said and then block up the bucket.

    Or is there a better way to approach that?
     

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  3. SomeCanadian

    SomeCanadian Light Load Member

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    I’m likely not the best choice to listen to.

    Would turning it around put the tracks flat then support the bucket as planned?
    Or other than you are using blocks it’s the same theory as a step decks load leveler. Consider securing the block as well.
    If folks are going to do this make sure you understand your trailers weight per foot limit.
     
  4. Razororange

    Razororange Road Train Member

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    You can stack whatever lumber you want under a load. The law is only concerned with preventing shifting and falling cargo.

    Weight per foot limit is a dryvan/reefer thing. Open deck trailers have full length frame rails the are designed for heavy point loading. Box trailers have thin floors with the outer walls/ lower rails providing their strength.
     
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  5. SomeCanadian

    SomeCanadian Light Load Member

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    … I have seen manufacturers stickers on stepdecks with full frame and rgns that specify weight per foot or weight per ten foot. I’m sure it had more to do with coils than a unit on tracks.
     
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  6. OLDSKOOLERnWV

    OLDSKOOLERnWV Captain Redbeard

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    Just turn the machine around and back it up over the tandems. Set your trailer width Timbers were the red lines are, and make sure the rear timber is above the yellow arrow to take the weight and not out on the ramp above the tires.

    What’s that machine weigh about 15,000??

    Secure the piss out of it and I would think you should be fine. As long as it can’t move there shouldn’t be an issue…..

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  7. truckdad

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    What Oldschooler said. Make sure the blocks are "good" ones that wont crush and make sure there is plenty clearance over the tires.
     
  8. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    Thank you so much. I never imagined we actually could load it that way.

    That is super cool.

    If we end up actually doing that I'm going to come back and check in and make sure we have everything exactly right.

    That's awesome guys. Everybody please be safe.
     
  9. truckdad

    truckdad Road Train Member

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    If it fits, legal weight, it ships!!
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