Posted by ericlb on February 22, 2013 at 05:06:07 from (22.214.171.124):
In Reply to: What did I see? posted by 37Chief on February 21, 2013 at 19:29:30:
we have some of those around here too, they are armored vehicles, some carry money transfers some carry other stuff that is valuable, the big trucks with muliple steer axles are for weight distribution, we're seeing straight trucks with as many as 6 axles under them to comply with the interstate weight laws as the demand for larger trucks hauling more material in the vocational market, dump trucks and cement trucks out here can have 1 steer axle, folowed by 2 air lift non powered but steerable axles, then 2 powered drive axles, followed by 1 high lift non powered but steerable axle, this last one when in the raised position will rest on top of the truck body this along with oversize bodies, allows a truck that used to be limited to a gross weight of 50,000 lbs to be able to haul 80,000 lbs, while this setup cant use some roads due to the bridge laws, it does help tremendously as here in the west vocational trucks have to run longer distances to deliver their products, 2 of the companies delivering in this area have to run around 150 miles each time they bring a load this means it takes awhile, to make up for this more material is brought per load,
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