Weights and Dimensions for Divisible Loads

  • Big Truck Guide is your ‘one-stop-shop’ for information about Semi Truck weights and dimensions
  • We specialize in sizes of trucks carrying regular goods “Divisible Loads”

Training and Reference Materials

  • Download textbooks, ebooks and pamphlets
  • Useful for truck driving instructors, truck drivers, shippers and anyone else who has a need for clear information on size and weight regulations.

Compare across the United States and Canada

  • Compare between 27 different truck types across US States and Canadian Provinces
  • View Gross Weights, Axle Weights and Dimensions in one place


MyBigTruck Reports

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US State, US Federal and Canadian Provincial truck size and weight regulations are all different and cause compliance headaches for shippers, trucking companies and truck drivers. Now with MyBigTruck reports you can enter your axle spacings pertaining to your unique truck and generate a report that contains the following information:

  • Maximum Axle Weights
  • Maximum US Federal and other Bridge Weights
  • Maximum Gross Weights – Unpermitted
  • Maximum Gross Weights – with Permit
  • US Federal Bridge Detailed Compliance
  • Compliance with Kingpin to Rear Axles
  • Compliance with Trailer Length
  • Available for 5 and 6 Axle semi trucks

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

Purchase the textbook and gain access to quizzes for only $9.99 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

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Detailed Truck Information

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.

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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.

A brochure explaining the database can be downloaded from the link 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.

Updates to Regulations in DE, GA and NM concerning Tandem Axle Spreads

During a regular review of data, if was found that some spread axle dimensions and weights were not correct on the website. Changes were made to Delaware, Georgia, and New Mexico. Delaware: Code can be found here: https://delcode.delaware.gov/title21/c045/index.shtml...

Delaware Kingpin Restriction Removed

The Big Truck Guide Database had a restriction of 41' for the kingpin to tandems distance restriction. Confirmed this with the Delaware DOT.

Ohio Tandem Axles Update

Updated Ohio Tandem Axles for non-interstate use. These specifications are found in the Ohio code, sections D-2, a and b: (a) Spaced four feet or less apart, and weighed simultaneously, twenty-four thousand pounds; (b) Spaced more than four feet apart, and weighed...

Reference Resources Updated

One of the great, but perhaps underused, features of Big Truck Guide is the collection of links to external sources. These have been completely revamped and updated in October 2019, and are continually being updated throughout the year. For each state and province, 2...

Updated Kansas Legislation Link

Kansas Legislation Link updated to better source: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/statute/008_000_0000_chapter/008_019_0000_article/

Big Updates to Big Truck Guide!

I'm happy to announce one of the biggest changes that have been implemented to the Big Truck Guide database! All datapoints for gross weights and axle weights have been reviewed and updated A new concept has been introduced, called a 'ruleset' The ruleset concept has...

Updated Ohio Kingpin to Tandems Distance

This has been updated in both the database and the 'Kingpin to Rear Axle' page to show that Ohio does not have a Kingpin to Rear Axle distance specified.


How to move your tandems: the Post-IT method

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...

Sample Information

Browse Regulations Pertaining to a Standard 5 Axle Truck