Anyone Else Stuck In Wyoming?

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Jamie's Comment
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I plan to stay parked long enough for my 34 hour reset, since that will be over at 21:00 tonight. Might as well get that in, with all the setting around.

Rob T.'s Comment
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When they close it to light vehicles, is there a set weight that you're no longer considered light or is it left to driver discretion?

Jamie's Comment
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When they close it to light vehicles, is there a set weight that you're no longer considered light or is it left to driver discretion?

I have yet to find a direct answer on the Wyoming sites, but I have seen it mentioned around the Internet during my research that most drivers say its between 20k-30k in the box.

So it might be left to the driver, but you can be fined if you are caught driving with a light load during those restrictions, or if you get blown over; you'd probably get a fine once they find out your load is light. So that's a good answer. What I found on their website is:

Closure to Light, High-Profile Vehicles: In locations where wind gusts are 60 mph or more AND where adequate signage to indicate the limited closure is available, WYDOT will initiate a closure to light, high-profile vehicles. This type of closure may also be initiated when conditions are very icy but the wind gust threshold is less than 60 mph. The closure is targeted at vehicles that are prone to being blown over or being blown off the road such as recreational vehicles, moving vans, campers, small trailers and lightly loaded commercial vehicles but smaller vehicles pulling trailers are also included in this restriction. Drivers of vehicles that fail to heed this type of closure will be considered in violation of Wyoming Statute 24-1-109 and 'shall be subject to a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) or to imprisonment for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.'

Research shows that when wind gusts exceed 60 mph, there is almost certainty that multiple vehicles will be blown over or be involved in a loss of control type of crash. These crashes most often result in debris on the highway that results in a road closure to all vehicles. It is important to note that WYDOT does not have adequate signage to implement a closure to light, high-profile vehicles in all locations. Additional sites may have wind gusts exceeding 60 mph and pose a significant risk of blow over. In these locations, WYDOT will indicate 'Extreme Blow Over Risk' on our information systems and drivers should exercise special caution.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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You'll never get an answer from Wyoming as to a weight. If you blow over, you're automatically considered a light, high profile vehicle that drove during dangerous conditions, or on a closed stretch of highway. That is a guaranteed huge $$$ citation.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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This chart sure helps, courtesy of G'Town and Swift:

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Are y'all parked people watching the SuperBowl, btw? Might as well! We are; Tom's only day off... yeah.. GOTTA!

Be SAFE, y'all. . .

~ Anne ~

PackRat's Comment
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Super Bowl watching is my last hurrah at home, then back onto the truck.

*Famous Quote of Mine* Days off are overrated!

G-Town's Comment
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Turtle replied to “Ted”...

Ted thinks he is the authority on all things trucking:

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IF you have a difference of an opinion, of the "(Jake break") topic, please keep it to yourself

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So Ted, only your opinions are worthy of publishing? Puh-leeze

How bout you keep your wannabe SuperTrucker nonsense to yourself, and let the adults talk.

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So it's okay to use the low jake brakes in the snow on grades? I'd understood there'd be problems with traction in rain and snow and ice, is there another piece of the puzzle to how it works?

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Midnight Fox, don't listen to Ted. All experts agree that it's never safe to use Jakes in slippery conditions. That's a fact, and not some yahoo's opinion.

Ted... seriously? Suggesting a rookie use their Jakes on a wet and or snowy Road?

Until you are a Moderator, don’t dare throw down like that.

Jammer a's Comment
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What part of Oklahoma are you in ?? I’m on my way to okc

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Correction according to my spreadsheet, it was actually Thursday when I got into Wyoming. But the shutdowns started happening late Thursday night.

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Actually they started early Thursday morning. I didn't get in a hurry to pick up my load at Jerome Cheese in Idaho and leave. I wanted to get to Exit 41 or Little America. With 10 mins left on my clock and 2 miles from exit 41 I came across a wreck at mm 40. Sat 1 hr 10 mins past my 14 hrs as On Duty Not Driving/Accident. Then got to my parking spot with not many trucks parked there :-)

Laura

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Jammer a's Comment
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Boring? I get a kick out of seeing all the antelope, elk, and mule deer. I'm always scouting for big racks.

PackRat's Comment
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Boring? I get a kick out of seeing all the antelope, elk, and mule deer. I'm always scouting for big racks.

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How is that funny?

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Here are six big racks at the house.

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