SCALE IT OUT
Hello fellow truck drivers,
Please remember to always scale your load out. It is the main reason why most trucks get subjected to a dot inspection when a load is overweight. Not to mention $$$ on scale fines for being overweight.
For 80,000 lb gross weight, the goal is 12,000 lb on the steering axle, 34,000 lb on the drives and 34,000 lb on the trailer axles.
BEFORE BEGINNING LOCK THE TRAILER BRAKES
LOAD THE STEERING AXLE FIRST
LOWER THE LANDING GEAR
Unlock the fifth wheel, dump the tractor airbags...
Cautiously back up the truck toward the trailer until the tractor is as close to it as it can safely be without affecting the truck’s ability to turn.
Be sure to get out of the vehicle and visually check the distance.
When you’ve determined the distance is safe and correct, lock the 5th wheel in place, inflate the tractor air bags and raise the landing gear.
RELEASE THE SLIDER PINS
With the trailer brakes still locked, release the slider pins underneath the trailer and slowly back up with it’s wheels locked so the axles are sliding further underneath the trailer.
Sliding the trailer wheels further under, decreases the drive axle weight and increases weight on the tandem axles. Generally the rule of thumb, is about 400 lbs per hole on the trailer slider.
ALWAYS SCALE OUT THE TRUCK N TRAILER
***If the weight on the trailer axles is too heavy, these wheels need to slide backwards to the rear of the unit until they reach 34,000 lb. on the scale.
FEW MORE POINTERS
Do not slide and adjust on the scale plate
When scaling, we like to load the steering axle and tandem trailer axles to maximum when possible.
The weight of the fuel does play a role in weight.
Always adjust on flat safe surface.
Thank you! and stay safe out there!