Question Good Morning, Need this question answered in a hurry. I drive a 18 wheeler. My question is- If my truck is loaded and total weight of the truck and trailer is 79,900 lbs, and I am parked on a road with a slight degree of a incline. Enough that you have to apply the brakes from rolling backwards. Because of the slight incline of the road, can the applied pressure of the weight against the brakes add weight? Because the brakes are adding pressure? I was told this may be true. I have received a ticket saying that one of my azles was over weight. I may have to pay a stiff fine for this. I don't have that kind of money. Please let me know anything you find!! Thank you very very much
Answer Sorry about the delay, I can't seem to keep these from going to my spam folder. Anyhow, usually the weight would be evenly distributed amongst the axles (I believe that's what you are referring to as azles). In the case of an incline, there should be no increase in force on one of the axles over the others. In practical terms there will be a small increase in the rearmost axle due to tire pressure and settling factors, but it should be very small. There's no reason for someone to believe that you have one overweight if your whole truck is not overweight, otherwise it would rotate. That wouldn't make any sense.
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