NY 75 To NY 5 From I-90 Truck Legal?

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G-Town's Comment
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I want to extend a word of caution when dumping the tractor airbags to shimmy under a 13'6" overpass. Although this will definitely lower the nose of the trailer, it will however raise the end/roof of the trailer by an inch or more depending on weight distribution and relative set-position of the tandems.

I use this technique to raise the height of the trailer floor deck to better align with some of the older/higher Walmart store docks (Boothwyn PA in particular). Tandems are set in the one hole and tractor air bags are deflated, raising the tail an inch or more.

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".

Unholychaos's Comment
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I referenced my atlas and it showed that that route is not legal, even though there was no signage at the 75 exit from I-90.

Instead of taking exit 6 from I-190 N like my qualcomm wanted, I took exit 7 and took a right turn onto the buffalo skyway, NY-5 W, which got me right on track towards Sonwil Distribution. It was far less stressful than taking that pain of a left turn onto N Division St from Elm St.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Linden R.'s Comment
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Sorry I'm a bit late, and I have no clue on restrictions here, but (assuming you're coming from the south) I'd say take the Ridge Rd West exit (not numbered?) and then take Ridge all the way back to North Gates Avenue, which is the driveway that goes back to Sonwil.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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So you never bothered to call the customer you were going to? That would have been the first thing I did.

Unholychaos's Comment
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So you never bothered to call the customer you were going to? That would have been the first thing I did.

I didn't, but I did contact my dispatcher and asked him for a 2nd opinion and he agreed.

Dispatcher:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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So you never bothered to call the customer you were going to? That would have been the first thing I did.

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I didn't, but I did contact my dispatcher and asked him for a 2nd opinion and he agreed.

What the heck would your dispatcher know about truck routes in Buffalo?

Next time call the customer. They deal with trucks every day. They know what routes you can safely take into their facility.

Dispatcher:

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.
PJ's Comment
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When it’s the first time to a customer I ALWAYS call ahead and I go further and ask for the grounds supervisor. They know the most about their facility, and surrounding area. I am looking at google earth of them as well while I am on the phone with them. I have had office people on site give me bad information. Not that I am all that distrusting but I got into what could have been a really bad spot once and I learned real quick. I make good notes as well because sooner or later I’ll be going there again.

Jim A.'s Comment
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I want to extend a word of caution when dumping the tractor airbags to shimmy under a 13'6" overpass. Although this will definitely lower the nose of the trailer, it will however raise the end/roof of the trailer by an inch or more depending on weight distribution and relative set-position of the tandems.

I use this technique to raise the height of the trailer floor deck to better align with some of the older/higher Walmart store docks (Boothwyn PA in particular). Tandems are set in the one hole and tractor air bags are deflated, raising the tail an inch or more.

What if your trailer has air ride you can drop that too

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".

G-Town's Comment
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Jim A suggests:

What if your trailer has air ride you can drop that too

Not sure.

I have pulled no more than a half dozen air-ride trailers for Walmart. Although I'll defer to drivers with more experience with this type of equipment than I; I thought the only way to release the air from an air-ride trailer suspension requires setting the emergency brake.

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