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OVERLOAD TRUCKS GOING DOWN STEEP GRADE

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November 4, 2022

That first two 9370s had an easy 32-35 tons of loose dirt on them, and trucks with a 19' steel bed like those weigh roughly 29,000 pounds empty, implying they are grossing over 100,000 pounds on those trucks. They're already smashed to hell, and if you look closely, you can see that the second 9370, the red one, is actually two trucks welded together; they chopped the original frame off 4' or so back from the cab and then welded the cutoff rear ends and rear frame section from another truck together... This is a typical practice in South America, Jamaica, and Africa, where they will take an old but still functional road tractor from the United States. Weld on the rear frame part of the previous dump truck they wore out complete with 44 or 46,000 rears and Hendrickson suspension and then build the bed over it. Granted, most of those vehicles were definitely never used on the road; most had absolutely no lights and were so badly damaged that the bonnet would certainly start breaking apart at 45 mph due to wind pressure.I guess my point is that these trucks are WAYYYY overloaded and won't last more than a few years even if they're put around on site like this, but the good news is that they're going slow enough in a large enough open area with berms etc. that when they do break in half, snap a rear end housing or walking beam or loose a steer tire from the front axle or kingpins snapping they'll pretty much just flop over or stop dead within Most of those vehicles were in such bad shape that they'd be beyond repair in the United States anyhow, especially because they're neither uncommon or rare.There are still tens of thousands of International 9370s, Ford L series, R and RD model Macks, and other vehicles in much better condition in the United States, just waiting for one of YouTube's many experts who "would have saved these trucks and restored them to like new" to pony up some money and get them back on the road.

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