Kingpin Laws

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Thank G-Town.

That has got to be the definitive answer on that subject!

So is a 50' tape the right tool?

I guess my concern would be keeping track of when one is headed into or through a more restrictive State or states and how to manage that.

As these settings affect weight distribution (axle weights, etc.) how does one deal with such things? Can't just head back to shipper to rebalance or offload trailer!) Do you set tandems and scale for the most restrictive state one will pass through?

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Since you are measuring from the back of the trailer a 12ft tape will be more then enough. 10ft from the back of the trailer is the 40 ft mark. 9 ft is 41ft and so on.

As for getting your weight legal while also minding kingpin laws.. you absolutely can go back to the shipper and have them rework/order the load or take some weight off depending on your problem. That's why you should always scale at the closest scale to the shipper.

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Thanks.

What I meant was you can't go back to the shipper once you have driven through several states!

(I have a laminated atlas... just haven't been in it in a while)...

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Ah in that case yes, you are absolutely correct.

Also I forgot to mention that yes, you do indeed set the tandems for the most restrictive state of your trip as a general rule.

For example, no matter where you start if your going to Cali you should have your tandems at the 40ft mark.

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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.

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".

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This topic came up earlier in another thread. The posts still apply today.

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