Axle Weight Question

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NeeklODN's Comment
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According to the 2 0 1 9 Rand McNally Atlas Georgia's state maximum weight regulation for steer axle is NS or not specified. Several other states say the same thing. What exactly does this mean?

PJ's Comment
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Unless otherwise specified it goes by the tire size. Watch out in Mississippi they have the lowest I know of.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Unless otherwise specified it goes by the tire size. Watch out in Mississippi they have the lowest I know of.

What do you mean by size

Dan67's Comment
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Unless otherwise specified it goes by the tire size. Watch out in Mississippi they have the lowest I know of.

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What do you mean by size

If the steer axle is not listed and shows NS (not specified), then you go by the tires max allowed weight listed on the sidewall of the tires. Add both tires to get max axle weight.. Simple just to never go over 12k on steers and even better if you can keep it lower. Also take good care of those tires. Don't drive in trash, don't jump curbs, etc.. never fun to blow a steer and have to fight the steering wheel.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Not tire size but tire weight rating. The majority of steer tires are rated for 6,600# but you still have to make sure that the axle is rated accordingly. The tires might be rated for a combined weight of 13,200 but the axle might only be rated for 12,000. You'll rarely ever have an issue regarding the weight on the steer axle though if the load is balanced relatively well, the major concern is going to be on your drives and trailer set.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Our trucks are rated for 13K on the steers. I am regularly a little over 12K on the steers. Never had a problem. We usually get a bypass at scales.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Yeah I had a load of 26 palletized steel coils all different weights. I was 13,500 on steers, 30,000 on drives, and 38,000 on spread axle. My first time picking up this kind of load and the guy asks ME how I want it loaded 🤣. I guess I was pretty close. And big Scott, we normally get to bypass too. I haven't been weighed once in my three weeks on the road.

andhe78's Comment
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Yeah I had a load of 26 palletized steel coils all different weights. I was 13,500 on steers, 30,000 on drives, and 38,000 on spread axle. My first time picking up this kind of load and the guy asks ME how I want it loaded 🤣. I guess I was pretty close. And big Scott, we normally get to bypass too. I haven't been weighed once in my three weeks on the road.

If these numbers are correct, better hope you keep getting the bypass.

G-Town's Comment
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Yeah I had a load of 26 palletized steel coils all different weights. I was 13,500 on steers, 30,000 on drives, and 38,000 on spread axle. My first time picking up this kind of load and the guy asks ME how I want it loaded 🤣. I guess I was pretty close. And big Scott, we normally get to bypass too. I haven't been weighed once in my three weeks on the road.

You guess...81,500 pounds? You are overweight on your steers and overall. Did you take it on the road like that?

You are livin’ on the edge.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Keep in mind - steer weights are the LESSER NUMBER of Axle versus Tire capacity.

You should have a sticker/plate on the drivers door sill that gives you the axle weight.

Even if your TIRES are 6,500 each (13K) if your AXLE is at 12K, you cannot be OVER 12K on your front axle.

Rick

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