Big Truck Guide helps TruckScience with Canadian Weight Regulations

TruckScience offers great tools for those in the industry looking to configure, or re-configure their truck combinations.  Their industry-leading tools offer an easy way to calculate axle weights, measure fuel performance, compare specifications, and perform a cost analysis on a truck configuration.  We here at Big Truck Guide have been helping TruckScience add Canadian size … Read more

An Early Goodbye to Diesel: Will Electric, Hydrogen or Overhead power Win the Coming Energy Battle?

A new report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative highlights a reality that will soon be apparent to everyone. Fossil fuels are something that will come to an end, and the world will move to other sources of energy. Not only because it is better for the environment, but most importantly, because it will be cheaper. Which energy sources will be used for powering heavy trucks in the future?

Trailer configuration head to head – 53′ regular tandems vs 48′ spread tandems

What are the pros and cons of each – 53′ trailer with regular spread VS 48′ trailer with 10’1″ spread tandems?

There is sometimes confusion the difference between regular and spread tandems, how they are used, and what trailer lengths are used with each.

This article takes a look at comparing two common setups:

– 5 axle semi truck with a 53′ trailer and regular tandems – 4’2″

– 5 axle semi truck with a 48′ trailer and spread tandems – 10’1″

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. (170,000 lbs). The hill down into Skagway, was 14 miles long, with an average grade of 12 %.

Herman Jans
Sherwood Park, Alberta

Herman Jans YT to AK