Heaviest Weight You've Hauled?

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Jeremy C.'s Comment
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I should have also said AND SLOW DOWN!


I do tend to slow down in high winds.

Also, when passing other trucks on narrow roads (like 54 thru Kansas) I noticed that other guys were hugging that white line when we crossed each other. I started doing that as well and realized a very significant reduction in (blowback, reflection, windstream, draft, whatever it's called) as our trucks passed each other on the road.

If you got any more tips, keep 'em coming! Rookie CDL Jedi here is soaking up all the info I can get!


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
James J.'s Comment
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This is as close as I can get it.


Jeremy C.'s Comment
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This is as close as I can get it.


Holy cow! Talk about tipping the scales!

Yes, sir, that's cutting it pretty close. One decent cup of coffee and you're going over the limit. 😆

Joseph I.'s Comment
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I just started hauling for a company 2 weeks ago. Before that I farmed and we hauled all our grain from the field to the farm then to either elevator or ethanol plant or bean meal plant. So the first time I have ever loaded under 80,000 intentionally unless only having a half load left was 2 weeks ago. Normally ran 82,000 to 85,000 except in the fall when limits were raised to 90,000 for duration of harvest.

Amish country's Comment
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Pretty much 78-80k every load. If its feed grade that runs out to 26-27 ton. If I'm doing a cogen plant its 25-26 ton. Heaviest was 79,960 but I dont run across to many scales.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I scaled in my yard at 79,980, that was a nervous until I passed the scale.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Bobcat, it must hurt when you pass a scale! sorry.gif

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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You have no idea.


Chuck S.'s Comment
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I'm with you on the overweight, I picked up a load of ash for a friend how normally does this one particular run not knowing he was only permitted 105,000 lbs. My normal runs in Nevada were usually 129,000 lbs. So when they were loading me in NM I told the loader to fill it up to 129,000 lbs. He said "are you sure" and I said yea ... I carry it all the time in NV.

I was young and dumb at the time, but somehow all the scales where closed that day.

Boss just gave me that look over the top of his glasses and said "UM don't ever do that again"

I got lucky that day....

We're permitted to 105,500. Every trip is in the 95k to 98k range. I screwed up once and loaded myself to about 112,000. I had some explaining to do for that one. The DOT didn't catch me and I absolutely didn't intend to do it.


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.


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John J.'s Comment
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My heaviest so far has been 78,300. But I am still in training. That number will get closer to 80k.

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