flatbed questions pls

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Justin Sane, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. Justin Sane

    Justin Sane Light Load Member

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    First; I'm on my 5th year of cdl driving and for the most part I consider myself a rookie. I've been driving dry van mostly for the last 4 years. This last week I started with a co driving flatbed and have some questions.

    Split axle trailer. The split axle allows one to carry more weight? If so, why? I don't understand.

    My tractor and empty trailer weigh 33680 ( full of fuel and a lot of chains and binders etc); with the split axle my total gross still needs to be 80000 correct? (Meaning I can haul 46320 correct?)

    I say that the jury is still out on my flatbedding; you guys work pretty hard tarping and such. This has got to be a headache when the weather is bad; yes?

    Let me thank you in advance for any and all answers; I have to check out for awhile.
     
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    The only difference in the 80,000 rule, is you can have 40,000 on the trailer axles instead of 34,000, as long as you have the spread back there.
     
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    Ok big boy Bobtail Member

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    As HogDog say's you are allowed 40k on the spread. is it a fixed spread or slider? The spread needs to be
    10' 02". Then they are considered single axle's not a tandem. Some states like Louisiana ,New Mexico & Colorado enforce the 20,000 lb limit per axle limit.After you load and scale your trailer a few times you will figure it out and be good to go from then on. .
     
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    TripleSix God of Roads

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    @Dye Guardian, if you don't mind, could you show Mr Sane a picture of your rig, tarped load, and explain your axle spacings and weights?
     
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    Wow trip... "mr" sane? Since when did you get all.... formal? :)
     
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    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
     
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    #### you! That was funny! Lol!
     
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  10. Dye Guardian

    Dye Guardian Road Train Member

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    Maximum allowable axle weights in Ontario:

    Steer - 14,600 lbs (based on equipment ratings, taking the lowest rating between the axle, tires, and rims)
    Drives - 40,000 lbs
    Lead Tridem - 53,000 lbs
    Pup Tandem - 40,000

    Now if we want to go into Michigan and use the lift axles on the trailer it becomes:

    Drives - 32,000 lbs
    Lead Lift Axle - 18,000 lbs
    Lead Tridem - 39,000 lbs
    Pup Tridem - 39,000 lbs

    Do you really want me to go into axle spacing?

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    Every time i see your truck, i think spaceship for some reason....
     
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