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Correct Balancing of Weight

On a 70 - 80 Thousand pound load in a dry box or reefer, What would be the best way to balance your load? (Ex. 78,000# on scale with 11,150 on steers, 32,950 on drives and 33,900 on trailer) On a load like this, is it best to have most of weight on truck or trailer for best ride and fuel economy?

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Well the only way to do this just takes time and experience in loading your trailer. Then you utilize your 5th wheel slide and your sliding tandems on the trailer to balance out the load weight. ''italic text''

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We have found that the 'ride' is better if the drives are heavier than the tandems... Not sure which way helps the fuel economy though... Sometimes there really isn't too much of a choice though :/

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In your example you would want the weight to be distributed 11,150 on the steer axle, 33,900 on the drives, and 32,950 on the trailer.

The trailer tires make the biggest impact on the rolling resistance equation of the fuel mileage game. That would be the reason you want the trailer to be as light as you can legally make it.

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Thank you. Jackie, this is what I was thinking that would be a correct way. I do have a APU, so I could be a little heavier on drives. I try to adjust the weight to about 800# heavier on drives than tandems on trailer.

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Your welcome, check the APU weight exception because its not allowed in all states.

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