California Truck Trailers Weights and Dimensions

Although California is well known for being a complicated state to operate in, weight measures are very typical when compared to US averages. The complications of operating in California start to show themselves when considering the length of trucks, trailers, and the entire combination, especially with kingpin length restrictions. Importantly, because of the restrictive 40’ Kingpin to Rear Axle restriction for all semi-trucks, many commodities cannot be scaled out (weight distributed properly across axles) within California. Important for shippers to remember is that many carriers will use 48’ trailers in California with spread axles so that they are able to properly scale out the load, because of the opportunity to utilize the 40,000 lbs spread tandem limit.