Getting axles to scale

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  1. W Bench Farms

    W Bench Farms Light Load Member

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    Pulling a 48' East spread axle with an FLD 120. Weighs 29-30k empty. Put on a load of 44' steel beams today, loaded in the center of the trailer. Tried to roll on the scale easy to check my axle weights. Gross was 73640. Front axle 10120, drives 29080, front trailer axle 14480, back trailer axle 19960. Had 2 - 4x4's stacked on the back under the beams. I will try to post some pictures of the load in the morning. Ran out of daylight tonight.

    How can I get more weight on the tractor drives? Only have about 1 1/2' to move forward to the bulkhead with the beams. I have a toolbox on the truck frame so not much room to slide the fifth wheel unless I move things around. Just want to get an idea soni can do a better job of loading. Some of the loaders at these mills are always in a hurry, but don't want to get an overweight ticket.
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Spread robs from drives.
    Load a foot infront of center.
     
  4. Kenny Vader

    Kenny Vader Bobtail Member

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    I pull a 48' Reitnouer. Same issue.I have to load ahead of center
     
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  5. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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  6. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    Only a tad over 34 on the trailer.
     
  7. W Bench Farms

    W Bench Farms Light Load Member

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    Nothing on this load, but if I load 50' my rear trailer axle will be over.
     
  8. W Bench Farms

    W Bench Farms Light Load Member

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    Here are some pictures of the load.
     

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  9. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    But you're allowed 40k on a spread? Can you pull the bulkhead?
     
  10. Lazer

    Lazer Heavy Load Member

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    Although I have never pulled spread axles, if I’m not mistaken, do you have only a 4x4 under the front, and only 1 way in the back? From my view(just an iPhone), your trailer bed is slightly bowed up in the center? Put 1 or 2 4x4’s near the center of the load should draw the center down, putting more weight on your forward trailer axle.
    If you want more weight on your drives, you should move that front 4x4 father forward. If your not running on slippery roads you have plenty on your drives and steers the way you are. Just an opinion from an old fuel hauler, am I wrong?
     
  11. W923

    W923 Medium Load Member

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    Why would the trailer axles be that far different? Is the trailer not sitting level? You’re not overweight but I don’t see how your going to be able to get 40k on the spread in the future without overloading one axle
     
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