Topic Originally Created in October of 2006:
As I was looking at the impressive K/W belonging to Bosco's Automotive on page 13 (lower pic) in the winter issue of 24/7, I noticed it appears to have a pusher axle that is lifted. I wonder how the axle weights figure on a tow like that?
They are rated just like a tandem, probably 23,000 for the rear axle and 20k or so for the pusher. I believe that truck has a 20,000 steer axle as well. As long as either the truck was built from the facotry like that OR you have it retagged by a professional to include the pusher axle in it's weight ratings.
A GVWR can not be changed afer the truck is built no one has the power to change the certification of a truck the lift axle can be certified by the manufacturers of the axle but most states at least the gulf coast ones don't recognize it one if the truck was born with it.
Brise Blackwell III
I didn't mean it would change the GVWR. I just mean, if the truck is properly documented with the pusher or tag install, it will be good for that axles weight rating. If you add a 20,000 axle next to your 23,000 single axle...the rear will be good for 43,000. At least thats how I see it, I may be wrong. I know some people will just put it on themselves and unless it is certified with paperwork, the extra axle is useless.
Tom are you refering to this,
There was a lot of thought put in to this truck as far as length
versus body capacity.When we were asked about the picture the person writing the article thought it was a 9055.
As far as legal weight it does'nt matter in CT.The truck has a twenty three front , a twenty thousand tag, and a twenty nine thousand rear with timbrens mounted tight to the spring so it does ride hard. But its worth it.I can tell you since I am the one that drives 90% of the time its very hard to get the truck lite as a feeling you might get with a screw
A&M Towing & Recovery
That's exactly what I was refering to! Was the chassis ordered with the heavy rear? Spring ride I assume. As it sits in the magazine photo (with the airport truck on the under reach) I would guess that rear axle is carrying around 45K and would handle much better in turns and reduced traction conditions than with the pusher down.
Really nice unit, the time that was invested in planning will be paid back many times over as you use the truck in upcomming years. Possibly you would share some axle weights, both loaded and unloaded. Is that a 204" body?
Yes it is a 204" body.The truck was the last glider KW produced.My memory is eluding me I'll have to look up some weights.The truck weights about 34,000 loaded and with fuel.Any other questions feel free to ask.