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Alex's Comment
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Set up some hometime after being out for 6 months, this is the gem I got to head back with. Just over 1/4 tank of fuel, ditched my chains after that weigh so I could make the apu exemption. Probably could've messed with sliding my 5th wheel but I was in the way of half the lot adjusting the tandems as it was. Plus my luck it would've somehow screwed me on my other weights.

Got the green light on the prepass headed out of Denver and will be taking off early enough the other scales on the highways closer to home won't be open.

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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".

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Alex ~

Wow, that's HELLA tight, sheesh!!

Figures, on the 'home run,' hahaha!

~ Anne ~

ps: What's 'ditching chains,' btw?!?!

PackRat's Comment
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Alex ~

Wow, that's HELLA tight, sheesh!!

Figures, on the 'home run,' hahaha!

~ Anne ~

ps: What's 'ditching chains,' btw?!?!

Taking the tire chains off the truck. June 1 each year these are not required to be carried, but only until 1 September.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Alex ~

Wow, that's HELLA tight, sheesh!!

Figures, on the 'home run,' hahaha!

~ Anne ~

ps: What's 'ditching chains,' btw?!?!

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Taking the tire chains off the truck. June 1 each year these are not required to be carried, but only until 1 September.

Ahhh, thank you!! I was pretty much thinking that, but wasn't sure.

(I was hoping he didn't mean flatbed chains!! Didn't read back history; too tired.)

What does one 'DO' with such 'ditching' of winter/tire chains ?!?!?

~ Anne ~

PackRat's Comment
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Left at home, a terminal , another driver....?

Could be left anywhere. Mine stay on the truck year round.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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This beats mine - 79920. I don't remember about chains. I thought you could get an allowance or something so that chains wouldn't "count".

Alex's Comment
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This beats mine - 79920. I don't remember about chains. I thought you could get an allowance or something so that chains wouldn't "count".

Only allowance I know of is the apu/epu exemption, but I could be wrong.

I did end up making it without issue at least. Chains got given to another driver at the Loves, heard from more than a few other Wilson drivers we can get new chains each winter if we want. Ones I had looked a little on the old side so I'm not too upset about the loss.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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