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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Anyone see the problem with this picture for a singe axle day cab?

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Oooooo I know I know!

That's a crazy weight difference though. I'd say that's quite a bumpy ride. Are you guys normally that heavy for GROSS?

PackRat's Comment
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When this occurs, back to the terminal to adjust the load?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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That's a crazy weight difference though. I'd say that's quite a bumpy ride. Are you guys normally that heavy for GROSS?

That heavy or heavier I've been upto 79,980. Normally it's balanced better.

In this case a trailer that had 16.5k pounds was 21920 on the drive axle or 1,900 pounds over weight. Unfortunately i didn't notice the gauge on the dash was pegged, normally we load trailers upto 24,500 so I didnt think a 16k could be overweight.

I brought it to my meet point and just before I got there I noticed the gauge, so we weighed it and saw that.

When this occurs, back to the terminal to adjust the load?

Supposed to weight it before leaving yard, but 16k pound trailer shouldn't be overweight. In this case I turned around and brought it to the terminal in Lafayette instead of going all the way back to Indy.

Terminals really like when you bring them a trailer another one loaded poorly so they have to empty it and rework it.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dan67's Comment
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One a single axle day cab doing local , send it. But if going anywhere near DOT scale house.. take it back to shipper. Over on drive and trailer tandems. Even if the trailer was a spread axle it would still be over. Remember, 20k on single axle and 34k on tandem , and 40k on a spread axle.

And yeas that much of a weight difference makes for a crappy ride. Imagine it as Andre the Giant as the trailer end and PeeWee Herman as the cab and they are on a seesaw.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

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".

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.

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