Rookies, What Would You Do?

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Phil C.'s Comment
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Since the overweight is on the trailer axles, there is nothing you can do to relieve the weight except to lighten or redistribute the load. I think!

Phil

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Loving it, keep the thoughts coming.

And just to define what the 12th hole means. Some companies use the hole # instead of saying 40'. At Prime, we follow the rule that the tandems cannot go further back than the 6th hole for CA, the 6th hole is exactly at the 40' mark.

We use hole #'s instead of actually saying 42', for example. But it's the same thing. Saying the 6th hole is saying that it cannot go beyond the 40' mark. It's from Kingpin to center of rear axle.

Keep it coming guys! Hope you're all enjoying this one. If the feedback is good ill post more.

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".

Jimbo's Comment
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Loving it, keep the thoughts coming.

And just to define what the 12th hole means. Some companies use the hole # instead of saying 40'. At Prime, we follow the rule that the tandems cannot go further back than the 6th hole for CA, the 6th hole is exactly at the 40' mark.

We use hole #'s instead of actually saying 42', for example. But it's the same thing. Saying the 6th hole is saying that it cannot go beyond the 40' mark. It's from Kingpin to center of rear axle.

Keep it coming guys! Hope you're all enjoying this one. If the feedback is good ill post more.

That answered my question.....thanks Daniel! But still waiting for the answer to the problem...

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".

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I'll post my opinion tomorrow evening. That'll give more time for folks to read and respond.

So, to anyone considering trucking or will soon be a driver, get some experience right now with these tough decisions you'll have to make by yourself soon - what would you do?

David S.'s Comment
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Great idea!can't wait for the answer and this should be a regular feature.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Well I might be wrong but thats how you learn so here we go if your on the12 hole and your overweight I think that means the whole truck is overweight. I have heard a gallon of water is seven pounds so fuel may be close to that I would plan my stops so I had about7 gallons less that would be 49 pounds off until I got to a state where I was legal to top off with fuel " keeping in mind I have to have enough to get threw the state. so that's my stab at it ..I like your idea here great learning tool!

I was told, in school, that a gallon of diesel weighs eight pounds.

Dave

Mikki 's Comment
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I would have said fuel also. Now I think get rid of the spare! I have no idea! Love the question.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Ok. If everything i tried didnt work, and i was out of ideas, and its only 40 pounds we're talkin about here, I'd roll. Not trying to be super rookie here. If it was 100 pounds over, then I'd sit. Also, the chat at the scale house could be.... Interesting.

Driver, you know your 40 pounds over on your tandems?!

Yep, says it right here on my scale ticket

So you rolled knowing you were over?

Well, i could put it in the 13th hole and that would fix it right now.

You know thats illegal

Yes, so you can see my dillema.

How many gallons are burned idling per hour? How many miles per gallon? How far is driver from Illinois? If I remember correctly, the first scale, on I-80, coming from Iowa isn't for a little while. Look at your trucker atlas and see which Interstates around Davenport get you the longest distance to a scale house. Who knows, they might even be closed.

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".

Interstate:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Pat M.'s Comment
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Put Helium in the trailer tires. Put your bike on the front bumper.

You guys are coming up with good guesses and I am sure you will be surprised by the answer Daniel gives tomorrow.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I am liking this. Yes this should be a regular feature.

I will not give you the answer but Daniel gave you the answer in the first post. Just a hint but there ya go.

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