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Donna M.'s Comment
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I noticed being up north that a lot of trucks were pulling double 53’ trailers are the laws different in different states?

PackRat's Comment
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Yes, it depends on the access to the particular road. Those are Turnpike Doubles.

Got an atlas, Donna?

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob D.'s Comment
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Donna,

I saw a number of Turnpike Doubles recently in Canada. May have something to do with being closer to the Canada border.

Rob.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

EricGuvNC's Comment
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I noticed being up north that a lot of trucks were pulling double 53’ trailers are the laws different in different states?

Howdy Donna,

Ever heard about 57' Trailers? That had or have a 18' Tail Swing with Tandems Forward AND they used to be "only Legal in 8 States" (when I learned about them, early last Decade). I no recall seeing any 57's at Shippers/Receivers this Decade.

CHEERS!!

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".

PackRat's Comment
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I noticed being up north that a lot of trucks were pulling double 53’ trailers are the laws different in different states?

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Howdy Donna,

Ever heard about 57' Trailers? That had or have a 18' Tail Swing with Tandems Forward AND they used to be "only Legal in 8 States" (when I learned about them, early last Decade). I no recall seeing any 57's at Shippers/Receivers this Decade.

CHEERS!!

There's a member of TT that currently pulls 57' trailers for Hobby Lobby.

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".

Michael B.'s Comment
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I was shocked a little while back in Indiana I saw a tractor hauling triple 53 footers. Didnt even think that was legal. I sure wouldn't want to do it, even two 53 footers would be too much for my taste.

PackRat's Comment
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I was shocked a little while back in Indiana I saw a tractor hauling triple 53 footers. Didnt even think that was legal. I sure wouldn't want to do it, even two 53 footers would be too much for my taste.

Did he have escort/pilot vehicles?

I've been on every Interstate in the US and have never seen three, 53' trailers in triples configuration. I have seen 6 together in Australia.

Interstate:

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

Seabee-J's Comment
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Three 53's , in the US ? wow I didnt think that was legal myself This must've been out west Im assuming. Thats Aussie styles . Roughly 170' overall , badass !

Bruce K.'s Comment
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No way. Never seen triple 53' trailers. Are you sure?

Seabee-J's Comment
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Possibly were you mistaken for three 28's ? I know that is common in the western states.

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