Steer Tires

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Nate_K's Comment
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My steer tires are always over weight.

When with my trainer we never had this issue.

I have read that steer tires are effected by 5th wheel placement. I have slid my tandoms all over the place but steer tires always read 12,100.

murderspolywog's Comment
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How are you getting the weight? How much fuel? And what kind of truck?

Nate_K's Comment
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Fuel is full now but have weighed at various fuel levels and it don't matter.

Vehicle is a 2016 International.

Last load was:

Steer- 12,040 Drive- 28,940 Trailer- 28,875

Today

Steer- 12,100 Drive- 29,180 Trailer- 24,460

That last load was the lowest my steer have ever been. Usually they are between 12,100 and 12,180

Susan D. 's Comment
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How much fuel did you have onboard during those 2 scales?

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Nate_K's Comment
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Both with full tanks.

James P.'s Comment
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My steer tires are always over weight.

When with my trainer we never had this issue.

I have read that steer tires are effected by 5th wheel placement. I have slid my tandoms all over the place but steer tires always read 12,100.

Have you tried moving your 5th wheel back a notch or two to put a little more weight on your drives? You only mentioned adjusting your tandems.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Check the actual weight rating of your steer tires. Often they are rated for slightly more than 6,000 lbs each. I think mine are about 6,150 (too tired to get out and double check right now), so according to my safety director, I'm allowed to be about 12,300 on my steers. If this is the case with you then I wouldn't worry about it.

Nate_K's Comment
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I will check the tires in morning. I am willing to bet they are similar to yours since I get the green light from FM every time I let her know weight is over.

5th wheel is not adjustable but plan to talk to maintaince when I get back to yard about it.

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Phil C.'s Comment
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My steer tires are always over weight.

When with my trainer we never had this issue.

I have read that steer tires are effected by 5th wheel placement. I have slid my tandoms all over the place but steer tires always read 12,100.

5th wheel and tandems are two different things. If you slide your tandems, which is the trailer, you effect the weight on your drives. If you slide your 5th wheel you change the weight on the steers. Since you seem to be confused and say 5th wheel and tandems, and say you are sliding the tandems and not effecting the steers, my guess is you are not sliding the 5th wheel, which most definitely WILL effect your steers. Whereas sliding the tandems will not.

weight and balance practice questions

Phil

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Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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It's in your 5th wheel move it back one notch if you're over by 100 and you'll be good each notch is usually 250lbs so that will put you right where you want to be.

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