Heaviest Weight You've Hauled...?

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Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Wow! Talk about tipping the scales...
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Well, at first I was surprised at my wagon-weight, but it's got nothing on some of these loads. Jeesh!

I've got more studying to do on the rules, apparently. How do some loads get permitted over 80k ?

Running 3/8 of fuel can be tedious and unpleasant.

Yup, we ran down to a 1/4 before getting to the shipper (with a planned fuel stop about 5 miles away) just because it was supposed to be a heavy load, but we didn't know exactly how much.

Rainy, please don't ever let my brother find out that someone can haul 46k in beer... He'll go to school for trucking today and be on the most wanted list by tomorrow!

Exactly 80,000 gross lol. I had to cross a DOT scale to get on the interstate , before I could ever get to a cat scale. I was holding my breath, and the DOT scale showed 79,980. Big relief!

And that just takes the trophy. Probably lost 10# in water-weight just sweating on the way to the scale!

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Old School's Comment
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How do some loads get permitted over 80k ?

You have to have a special permit for loads over 80,000 pounds. They are only legal if permitted. There are a few exceptions to this in certain parts of the country for agricultural loads.

Old School's Comment
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I can't honestly remember what this big solid block of aluminum actually weighed. It was over 50,000 pounds, and I had to have a permit to haul it. I'm pretty sure I was running at about 86,000 gross pounds.

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JuiceBox's Comment
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I can't honestly remember what this big solid block of aluminum actually weighed. It was over 50,000 pounds, and I had to have a permit to haul it. I'm pretty sure I was running at about 86,000 gross pounds.

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Aluminum ingot is the load I was permitted on as well. Only went from around ATL to logan's aluminum in russellville, ky. That is one load that the short miles were well appreciated by me lol.

JuiceBox's Comment
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Running 3/8 of fuel can be tedious and unpleasant.

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Yup, we ran down to a 1/4 before getting to the shipper (with a planned fuel stop about 5 miles away) just because it was supposed to be a heavy load, but we didn't know exactly how much.

What I meant was, in order to stay under 80k, I had to run 3/8 fuel and not go above for the entire run. That load went about 800 miles and I had to fuel 4 or 5 times from what I recall.

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.

Bill F.'s Comment
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Permitted for 88K in my long dump, but regularly run in the low 90s. All depends on whether our runs go by the scales...

PlanB's Comment
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Heaviest legal load was just like Rainys. 46k beer load and I was sweating every time I crossed a scale.

Heaviest overall... Well I brought that one back lol. While i was in team training I got sent to bring an empty trailer to a tow company. One of our trucks had wrecked a couple nights before and they were going to transload the freight from the wrecked trailer to ours. Trailer was completely packed floor to ceiling with rolls of hotel carpet. After they shoved the last carpet in I checked the tractor and trailer gauge weights and they were both way in the red. Dispatch didn't believe they were accurate since this load had come all the way from GA before wrecking in NE otw to WA. So I dragged this trailer about 20 minutes away to the nearest cat scale. 89300+ lbs..... Again dispatcher didn't believe it could be accurate. The gauge weights and the cat scale most be wrong! Go take it to another cat scale! So another 35 minutes away I hit another cat scale....89600+ lbs.... Yeah we aren't going into WA at nearly 90k gross... Sorry dispatch Went back to the tow yard and left about 15k lbs of carpet behind. Last I heard they were going to send another truck to get them.

Funny one of the guys at the tow company who was on site for the recovery of the truck said it was odd that the truck was even on that road, almost like they were trying to avoid the Port of Entry...

Also funny was while I was trying to locate the bills in the wrecked tractor I found a tire shop receipt. They had blown a trailer tire the day before they wrecked....

The one thing that honestly bothered me the most was that the two cat scales weights were 300lbs different. Always makes me uneasy now when I have a load within a few hundred pounds of legal limit. Have a hard time trusting the scales now.

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.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Cat Scales:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Heaviest load I have run wasn't legal. It was a sugar load. I took a lot of back roads with it. Well at least near state lines. I probably wrote about it on here. I wasn't much over 80k. But that was back when I had a midroof.

Amish country's Comment
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I usually pull 25+ tons every load (77-79k). Heaviest I've weighed out was 79,960 transfering some cement powder.

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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A long time ago I pulled a turbine wheel for a nuclear power plant on a lowboy trailer that was wide and high, 2 escorts and heavy! The permit was for 100,000 gross and we scaled at 102,450#. We were 5 axles total and pulling with an Needless to say it was going somewhere in Illinois and we r Mack, 237 Maxidyne, 5 speed and we made it into Illinois just across Indiana line and pulled into the scales and oops, got flagged, had to have it lifted off by crane and put on another trailer right there on the scales. Tried to reject load from beginning but was told "no problem" by dispatch. An experience for sure as a testament to the power of a Mack.

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