Empty Weight of Truck and Trailer?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by bkline, May 29, 2008.

  1. bkline

    bkline Bobtail Member

    May 29, 2008
    I am doing some research, and was hoping someone could provide me with information.

    I know that the legal weight limit for trucks is 80,000 pounds, but was wondering what the typical empty weight of a truck and trailer was.

    This relates to trash being shipped to a landfill. I know that the trailers that were used were 65 and 75 cubic yards in size. If someone can provide me with the weight (or weight range) of a typical truck and the typical empty weight of a 65-75 cubic yard trailer, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Also if their are any references I could look to, that would helpful as well.

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  3. Truckerjo

    Truckerjo Road Train Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Well it would very..

    A light truck with a sleeper would be around 18,000-18,500Lbs
    Some get around 19,000-21,000

    Tractor with trailer will be around 31,000-37,000Lbs

    Typical weight that can be hauled is 42,000-46,000Lbs

    As I said it really depend on the type/model of truck and its options
    The brand of Trailer and if it is a reefer (refrigerated).. Trailer weight varies a lot from manufacturer to manufacture...

    Flat bed has a much lighter Trl so they can carry in the 50Lbs on their Trl

    Day cabs (no sleeper) and only have single axles can carry in the 50's as well
    Last edited: May 29, 2008
  4. bullhaulerswife

    bullhaulerswife Forum Leader/Admin Staff Member Administrator

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hubbys truck and trlr when empty are 32,500.

    2001 FLD 120 Freightliner mid roof and a 2006 Aluminum Wilson Bull Wagon. Picture in my gallery.
  5. Truckerjo

    Truckerjo Road Train Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Just visit the manufacturers web site pick a model and select specifications.. If the websites do not have it then Google the model and add specifications to the search...


    I can't put links because they are advertising sites... so you will need to look them up..
  6. RowdyRigg

    RowdyRigg Bobtail Member

    Aug 10, 2008
    I just scaled my tractor and empty trailer yesterday, before I loaded, and again after. Before I loaded, my 2007 Peterbilt 387, and an empty 53' standard, great dane trailer weighed in at 34,020. I was on the truck and I weigh about 220, so that should give you a rough idea.
    baezlogistics Thanks this.
  7. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY

    Trucks at landfills are charged by the ton . The scalemaster will have the info you need if he is willing to disclose it . If not one of the drivers may be bribed to show you his weight tickets .
  8. ChromeDome

    ChromeDome Road Train Member

    Jun 10, 2007
    Lakeland, FL
    Yup, Your best bet would be to have the equipment that will be used weighed. It will be done the first time it is unloaded anyway, and every time. For that type of operation I typically see day cabs with Steel trailers, and in many areas are straight trucks with roll off trailers.

    No company will bill for things like this without giving the Tare weight of the unit used.
  9. ziggystyles

    ziggystyles Road Train Member

    Im in a 06 Century with condo roof plus sleeper. Hauling a lift gate 48 footer. The two times I've asked at a POE for weight, I was 37 and 39k. That was mostly empty with a small handfull of metal cages in the trailer.
  10. ironeagle2006

    ironeagle2006 Road Train Member

    I routinely could carry 46K in the late 90's with my 2000 C120 and 70 inch cndo pulling a 53 foot reefer full tanks and everything I carried on it. I did drive some liter trucks however. I had a 98 C120 58 inch midroof tha could carry 48K with the same trailers. I however drove what I called the superlightweight in the mid 90's a 88 T600a fleet 315 Aluminum frame 60in sleeper anything and everything that could be Aluminum it was on that sucker. I had one time we had a shiopper call and they needed a max weight to Philly boss had some old 40 footer 12 foot high trailers I was told grab one weigh before and then go load. Tare for that trip was 27500 on full tank sucker only had one.
  11. jlkklj777

    jlkklj777 20 Year Truckload Veteran

    Oct 1, 2007
    Duncannon, Pa
    Back in the early 90's JB Hunt and Schneider would use lightwieght International cabovers in their fleets with 48' and 53' trailers. The paper mills loved these companies because they could legally haul 48,500 lbs of payload. Of course most carriers now a days do not use cabovers but they are still out there. I believe International discontinued its North American production of cabovers but Freightliner still offers one.
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