New to tanker, overweight tandem axles

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  1. Floridaman72

    Floridaman72 Bobtail Member

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    I've been doing dry van for 3 years but this is my first time hailing tanker.

    So I don't have sliding tandems but my tandem (trailer) axle is over weight. I've tried sliding my fifth wheel to practically zero effect in either direction.

    Is there anything I can do besides go back to the shipper?

    Weights...
    Steer: 13720
    Drive: 30520
    Tandem: 35280
    Gross: 79520
     
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  3. Floridaman72

    Floridaman72 Bobtail Member

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    Steers are also overweight with current fifth wheel configuration
     
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  4. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If it's a single compartment trailer, you're screwed. You'll have to take it back to the shipper.
     
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  5. Chinatown

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    I've been in that situation. The way I got away with it is to tap the brakes hard enough to get the liquid surging pretty hard just before pulling on the scales. This way, when you pull on the scales, usually the scale master will give you the green light; otherwise you might sit there for 30 minutes waiting for it to calm down. You're under gross, so should be ok.
     
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  6. LTL Bull

    LTL Bull Heavy Load Member

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    Did you let it settle before weight was checked? If it was moving the scale may be inaccurate.
     
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  7. Floridaman72

    Floridaman72 Bobtail Member

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    I waited about 2 minutes
     
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  8. Floridaman72

    Floridaman72 Bobtail Member

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    I'm hauling from ohio across 80 to iowa.

    I heard rumor that weigh stations only care about gross weight for tankers but I'm not risking it. I'm hauling a smooth bore single compartment food grade trailer.

    I may just go back and have some taken out if dispatch gives the green light.
     
  9. YumDinger

    YumDinger Light Load Member

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    Run it....there is nothing wrong.
     
  10. Chinatown

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    I ran 48 states and Canada with loads like that and never had a problem at the scales.
     
  11. Broke_and_Hungry

    Broke_and_Hungry Light Load Member

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    Not enough information to make that determination. If the GVWR on the steer is 14k or greater, and the tires are 7k or greater, the steer is not over.

    Any axle can weigh 20k as long as the GVWR and the tires on that axle can accommodate the weight.
     
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