Need your advise with a scale ticket

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by jjpaez123, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    My mistake, I see he’s in Laredo. I’d say he needs the load reworked. Depending on whether the trailer axles can be slid forward any more, maybe they can just pull a pallet or 2 off the tail.One sure way to find out, would be to slide axle on trailer all the way forward, and re weigh. See how much, if any , the trailer is over 34k. If it’s 35k, have them take at least 600lbs off. 1000 would be better. Either way, Drivers going to be stopping for fuel, every 300-600 miles for 75- 125 gallons at a time.
     
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  3. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Ummmm, the trailer is maxed out? 34,100?

    You come forward a couple holes and that puts the trailer in "let's make the scalemaster pay attention" territory!

    If one is to run this load without bootlegging it the whole way, you push the drive weight to the steer to get everything close to legal, and get good at your math to calculate fuel burn as you go.
     
  4. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Yeah, you’re right. Ooops!! Not the first time I’ve given bad advice. Hopefully he has some room to slide Trailer, and they can just yank some weight off the tail. 1800 miles is a long way. He’ll probably be OK, as far as scales are concerned.I don’t know about Texas, but Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama should all be closed. Once he gets to Knoxville though, the last 600 miles, he best be legal. Or pay fines.
     
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  5. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

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    Pennsyltucky won't bother you with that.
     
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  6. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    And for all our discussion, we still don't know how much fuel he has onboard. If he's above 3/8ths, it's just some extra fuel stops. Below that gets a lot trickier, and most likely beyond the scope of a driver who sends his boss this scale ticket saying "I'm overweight!"
     
  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    I’d say it’s going to be a learning experience. Hopefully anyways.
     
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  8. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Too much missing information at this point to give really good advice, but...

    Define "no fuel;" are we really talking none, less than 1/2, less than 1/4...? As mentioned, the driver can only add another ~10 gal. (unless*) and that's assuming they can get the axle weights right. So, something might have to come off if the driver is really low and doesn't want to be making 50 fuel stops (probably need ~250-300 gal for trip).

    *Unless: the truck is equipped with an APU. If so, the driver can add another ~50 gal (more or less). Just avoid DC, KY and NC; all the rest allow either 550 lbs, 400 lbs or exact weight by either statute or policy (source).

    If it's a spread axle, move as much weight back to the trailer as possible, so long as they don't exceed 40,000 lbs total or 20,000 lbs on either axle.

    If it is not a spread axle, leave the trailer weight alone (no one is going quibble over 100 lbs**) and move the weight to the steer axle.

    Best scenario is a spread axle and an APU. If it is then they should be golden; gas up and go! If it isn't... change trailers. :biggrin_25523:


    **I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night so someone might quibble; I would run with it...
     
  9. CosmoK12

    CosmoK12 Light Load Member

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    When I drove to Laredo I learned quick that you never load out of there with anything less than 3/4 of fuel. They will take advantage of every pound available
     
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  10. Six9GS

    Six9GS Heavy Load Member

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    Heaviest I ever was, so far, is 79400. Started by sliding trailer tandem until it was at the closest hole under 34000. Then slid 5th wheel 3 holes to get it legal. Fortunately, I was already almost full of fuel so didn't need to worry about fuel weight in things. But, if I had this set up, and was low on fuel. Think I'd be trying to get the load reworked a bit to get it lighter.
     
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  11. jjpaez123

    jjpaez123 Bobtail Member

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    he has a full-tank
     
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