What Would You Do

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Jodi 's Comment
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I picked up a load today toward the end of my 14 for day. I made to a truck stop to scale it and get fuel and park for the night. After scaling I realize I'm loaded to 81560. Not good I know. I sent dispatch a message that I will need to go back to shipper to get some weight off in morning. They said ok. I didn't have enough drive time to get back there tonight or I would have. I tried to call shipper to let them know I would be back in morning and to see how early I could get in but they closed right after I left. Then I look them up on web and there web site says they are closed tomorrow in observance of Good Friday and Easter. The load only goes 270 miles and there doesn't seem to be in scale houses on my route. Do I dare go for it. I know it's risky but don't want to be stuck here till Monday. I know guys dodge scales all the time. Just curious what you guys would do.

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The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I can't tell you what to do. All I can say do what your conscious and wallet will allow. Would I personally run it? Well......

Just remember, overweight fines can be very costly.

Jodi 's Comment
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Thanks Patrick. There's a part of me that wishes I would have kept my mouth shut and just went. Now I have made my company aware of the problem so not sure if I will get in trouble if I just roll with it in morning

Errol V.'s Comment
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What weight do your bills have? If it's close to or over 45,000 you would have something to talk about at the shipper , even before leaving.

And if you're sure there's no scales you might have a chance. (state lines almost by definition have at least one scale for you. Open or not is another roll of the dice.)

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Jodi 's Comment
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Paper work shows 44000. I saw that at shipper but quick math in my head. Truck weighs 18000 and trailer is just over 14000 plus the 44000 from shipper is about 76000. I thought I'd be ok but obviously the weight they put on the paper is wrong

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

JakeBreak's Comment
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If there aren't any scales I personally would run it. I have a bad tendency to push the envelope tho and while it hasn't caught up to me yet I know it will one day. Like errol said if you cross a state line there is more than likely a scale there. And even if it's in states sometimes there's multiple spots. Wisconsin and PA come to mind. It really boils down to what you are comfortable with. If your a risk taker and willing to take the chance then go for it. But no one here or at the company is going to look down on you if you decide to play it safe.

Kirk P.'s Comment
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What state are you in? Some states allow more weight on the back roads, for example Kansas allows 85,000 on the state highways.

Jodi 's Comment
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Texas. Got to go from lapiont to Dallas. Looks like there's one scalento worry about on the 45 but looks easy to get around

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Night drive it. Begin at midnight and the scales will be closed. I would drive it without a doubt.

Matthew H.'s Comment
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I would run it and plan my route accordingly. Though I picked up some bad habits pulling end dump and dry bulk tank trailers that paid me a percentage of the load. Lol. The risk was worthwhile for me to run heavy.

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