SPARE TIRE CARRIER

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Frank V.'s Comment
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Dear all, I am new in this forum, so I am a rookie and I need to learn as much as I can. I need to know about the spare tire carrier regulation. I live in Los Angeles and I see that most of the truck trailers don't have it , I would like to know if the law says that it is required or not. I am a Sales Manager of an Italian truck trailers company and they wanted to know more about it because they want to start to sell the spare tire carrier. Thank you.

Jopa's Comment
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I live in Los Angeles and I see that most of the truck trailers don't have it , I would like to know if the law says that it is required or not.

Kinda answered your own question, no? since most trucking companies are very GOOD at following the letter of the law and since most trailers (according to your own observations) don't have one - doesn't that convince you that it may not be a requirement? I know every trailer I have pulled has a rack under it but the only time I ever used it was to place a ruined rim & tire onto it AFTER the road service guy came out and replaced the damaged rim & tire that needed replacing ... who knew moving the tandem to the very rear of the trailer caused said trailer to "cheat" a lot more than before - rookie mistake that resulted in the trailer rolling "over" one of those big rocks often placed along the edge of driveways to "prevent" driving on the grass ...

Jopa

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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".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Frank V.'s Comment
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Thank you Jopa, I wanted just a confirm from an expertise. Is this regulation about California only? Also, do you think that the Spare Tire Carrier is useless, even if my company came out with a brilliant and ergonomic idea?

Jopa's Comment
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Thank you Jopa, I wanted just a confirm from an expertise. Is this regulation about California only? Also, do you think that the Spare Tire Carrier is useless, even if my company came out with a brilliant and ergonomic idea?

Hey, I am (obviously) no expert ... if your company has a more ergonomically friendly design, I'd say "go for it" as it took both myself and the tire guy a great deal of effort to get the bad tire and rim into the carrier ... of course it was a VERY EXPENSIVE "Super Single" on an aluminum rim that we had to muscle under that trailer which also had the air dam "wings" under it ... an impossible task for one person to do ...

Jopa

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