Unladen weight

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  1. Diligent_Transport

    Diligent_Transport Bobtail Member

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    New truck and new flatbed, I got all my tools and supplies loaded on and hit the scale to see where I was when empty.

    Steers 11,100
    Drive 10,520
    Trailer 7,720

    Are steers normally that high when empty? I know the load doesn't add a whole lot to the steers, but still, I feel like I'll be pushed over 12k easily.
    Fifth wheel all the way back.
    Will this be a problem?
     
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  3. Diligent_Transport

    Diligent_Transport Bobtail Member

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    Looking up my axle on the front, I guess the axle is rated up to 13.2k, so I guess when I get to my truck here in a couple hours I'll have to see what the tires are rates for
     
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  4. cool7035

    cool7035 Bobtail Member

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    My KW 680 is the same. I hover around 10700 and 11200 on the steer all the time.
     
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  5. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    You won’t add much at all, if any, to the steer with your 5th wheel back depending on where all the way back is on your truck. You don’t really start throwing a lot of weight into the steer until your 5th wheel gets up forward of the center of your drives.
     
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  6. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    That's about where my truck is, wish my father wheel slider wasn't seized as #### so I could slide it back a notch or 3.
     
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  7. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    Pressure washer, penetrating oil, a big bar, and maybe a big hammer.
     
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  8. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    Tried that, let er soak for a few days, no luck. It was froze when I bought the thing 6 years ago.
     
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  9. AKDoug

    AKDoug Medium Load Member

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    You should be fine. My new T880 runs almost identical to you. I run my 5th plate barely to the rear of center on the drives. At full drive axle weight I am allowed at 38K I don't exceed 12.5K on my steers.
     
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  10. kranky1

    kranky1 Road Train Member

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    Try it dry. If you can’t get red dust flying everywhere with an air nozzle and an air chisel, save your effort and find another slider rack.
     
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  11. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    It'll be fine on the old turd for awhile. It needs a lot of work and money that I'd rather just put in my 359.
     
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