Weights and Dimensions for Divisible Loads

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  • We specialize in sizes of trucks carrying regular goods “Divisible Loads”

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Understanding Truck Weights and Dimensions – E-textbook and training program

Purchase the textbook and gain access to quizzes for only $39 USD

After working through this book you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between gross weights, tare weights, and payloads
  • Identify the different types of weight limits that apply to vehicles:
    • Gross Weights
    • Axle weights
    • Tire Weights
    • Manufacturers’ Weights
  • Learn where US Federal Laws apply
  • Understand how the Federal government controls truck dimensions
  • Understand how the Federal government regulates weights including Bridge Weights
  • Learn why kingpin to rear axle restrictions are in place
  • Find out how to adjust your axles, and in what direction
  • Find out what the maximum and minimum limits are for KPRA measurements.
  • 49 Pages

Kingpin to Tandems Cheat Sheet PDF

Purchase this document for only $5 USD

Everything that you need to know about Kingpin to Tandem Axle Measures in 4 pages:

  • Printable copy of the Kingpin to Tandem Axles Maximums Table
  • Printable copy of the Kingpin to Tandem Axle map
  • Instructions on when and how to move your tandems
  • Where Kingpin to Tandem Minimum measure restrictions are in place
  • 4 Pages

5 Axle Semi Truck Guide PDF

Purchase this document for only $19 USD

  • Lists gross weights of a 5 axle semi truck in each US state and province
  • Includes map of maximum gross weights in North America
  • Provides detailed information on gross weights, estimated payloads, and dimensions in each US state and Canadian Province
  • Receive both US Standard and Metric versions
  • 67 Pages

Truck Types by State Guide PDF

Purchase this document for only $29 USD
This document contains detailed information on gross weights about 27 different truck types across North America.

  • Maximum Gross Weights for each truck type
  • Gross Weights listed by state and substate levels
  • Map depicting these differences for 18 of the most common truck types
  • Receive both US Standard and Metric versions
  • 64 Pages

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Detailed Truck Information

This tool gives all the basic information about each specific truck type, within each jurisdiction. Summary information includes the gross weight allowable in the jurisdiction, axle spreads, and dimensions.

Gross Weight by Truck Type

This is a great tool to find out where you can operate specific combinations. Often the same truck can have different weight limits depending on the road that is being travelled. For this purpose, sub jurisdictions are listed that can operate at different weights, permitted or not.

Dimension Comparer

The Dimension Comparer is a way to drill down into a specific dimension and compare limits across jurisdictions. Height limits are different in each state and you can easily view these limits across all jurisdictions using this tool. Other common dimension to compare are the length of a straight truck, and trailer length.

State Information

A summary of the rules in each particular state or province, along with a listing of the truck types that can operate within each state or province. This is useful when you are looking for which types of trucks are available to be used for your application in each state.

This website is a go-to any time I’m wondering if a particular state is going to like the fact that the stupid sugar plant loaded me heavy on the rear. I trust this website more than I trust The Evil Overlord (wife and ex-codriver) with a carving knife in her hand. I trust that’s good enough for you.

From: Trucker Magazine, January 2016

Todd McCann

AboutTruckDriving.com

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The Big Truck Guide Database

The Big Truck Guide Database is a collection of information about trucks carrying divisible loads. This means regular freight.

This database was initially assembled in 2014 by collecting and interpreting legal codes from all US States and Canadian Provinces. Since then, updates have been made to the database and continue to be made. A recent list of changes that have been made to the database can be seen below.

What sets out information apart:
Restrictions on truck weights and measures are written in legal codes in a restrictive way. Laws say “The maximum kingpin to tandem axles distance is 41’ except for when the trailer is 48’ long or less.” 

Instead, what is more useful to everyone is that on my 5 axle truck with a 53’ trailer I must have a Kingpin to tandem axles distance of 41’. 

The difference is that in the second statement, the laws have been interpreted to apply to a particular truck. And this is how Big Truck Guide is different. In our database, you will find a list of restrictions as they apply to a particular truck type. The Big Truck Guide database contains 27 different truck types that are commonly used across the United States and Canada, and you can easily compare between these truck types. The result is that you know that your 6 axle truck can be 14 feet high in Kansas and only 13’6″ high in Kentucky.

Arizona website update

The website for the Arizona oversize and overweight office was updated to:...

Oklahoma State Roads Permitted Loads

Big Truck Guide had incorrectly identified Oklahoma as a state where you can obtain permits up to 90,000 lbs on the interstate, depending on the configuration. In fact, there are permits for divisible loads available only for state roads up to 84,000 lbs.

Updated Washington State Gross Description

In Washington State, trucks can operate to 105,500 lbs if they are licensed for that weight. This was added to the descriptions of several trucks, where there was just the estimated gross weight based on generic wheelbases.

North Dakota Permitted Weights

North Dakota allows weights up to 105,500 lbs on state roads for truck combinations that comply with the bridge formula. These trucks are also allowed permitted on the interstate. This rule does not apply to LCV combinations.

South Dakota Interstate Permitted Weights

South Dakota has no weight limit on state roads, vehicles must just comply with the bridge formula. This can also apply to the interstate, but these trucks require a permit. This was added to the database.

Updated KPRA Map

Alabama changed to green color to reflect that trailers up to 53’6″ have no KPRA Maximum Connecticut incorrectly showed 42’8″ as the KPRA distance. Changed to...

Change Of Illinois Routes description

Illinois has 3 classifications of roads for trucks, Class I, II and III. Specified that regulations listed only pertain to ‘Class I and II’.

Blogs

How to move your tandems: the Post-IT method

James Moore, a Big Truck Guide reader contributed these instructions on how to move your tandems. He writes: Step 1: A method I use & (also train students) with is by using post it notes. Tear a post it note in 1/2. Put 1 piece on the trailer marking where the...

Stories from the West: Heaviest Trucks

Herman Jans wrote into Big Truck Guide with this picture and story: This is the truck I drove out of Whitehorse, YT, in 1996, hauling lead or zinc ore from the Anvil Range Mine north of Faro, YT, down to the seaport of Skagway, Alaska. Gross weight was 77,111 kgs....

How far forward can you move your tandems?

Most of the time, drivers have problems moving their tandems backwards, to take weight off of their trailer tandems. But there are a couple of situations where drivers need to be careful of how far forward they move their tandems. Issue number 1 The first issue is...

Quebec thaw season 2016

The Quebec thaw season 2016 is here and Big Truck Guide has added information on all allowable axle weights and gross weights over the restriction time into our tools. It’s that time of year, when the roads are going to get a little soft after a really cold winter. In...

Know how to slide your tandems

Which way to slide your tandems? A common task for truck drivers is to slide the tandem axle group along the trailer to adjust the weight on different axle groups.  Knowing which way to move the axles can be confusing. The tandem axle groups on most trailers can be...

How to load nested pipe

Loading pipe for the first time can be intimidating. To do this safely and properly requires some experience and skill, but get into the right habits and it will go smoothly. Pipe can be dangerous, and if not secured properly can be deadly. These instructions describe...

Sample Information

Browse Regulations Pertaining to a Standard 5 Axle Truck