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post #21 of 24 Old 03-27-2019, 10:31 AM
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Got to agree on that.
The rental agreement REQUIRES the rentee to check the tyre pressures. in the case of any reason for inspection (routine or after a crash) and the tyres prove to be overinflated then the insurance cover is void and all hell falls down upon the driver.
its very close to playing russian roulette.

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Playing Russian Roulette? Yes definitely. I dont know what all goes into the weight rating of a truck but I would assume that the brakes have something to do with it. Also tire size and type has to do with the load.

Being overweight will also add to tire pressure when on the road - more frictional forces, more heat, more expansion. So if a tire blows, forget about trying to re-gain control of the vehicle. You will have to speed up to regain control then slow down on overburdened brakes.

I also think that on this forum we should not be encouraging people to willfully break the law although safety is really the key issue here
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This post was from lat year and I did weigh the truck before the trip and I was actually a 1000 lbs under and I lost valuable space. I was running over time and did not want to rearrange everything so I just left it as it was. I did have to stop at the weight station before leaving CA, but it was just right through. Each rental truck has the Max Weight painted on the doors so they can see it as you cross the scales. They had a truck exactly like the one I was driving with a much higher load capacity, but you must have a CDL in order to drive it and that weight is also painted on the doors.

I rented a 26ft truck 3 times and I was running really late on the second trip and the weigh station was closed. They were closed the 3rd trip as well because I had to wait for my daughter to get off work on Friday to drive my pickup with a trailer. My wife was not comfortable with pulling a trailer so my daughter drove.

I'm not going to worry about overloading the truck anymore now that I know that it can haul a much larger load with just a licence.

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This has got to be the stupidest, most irresponsible statement I have seen or heard of in a very, very long time.
This puts the lives of the passengers and anyone near the truck in mortal danger.
I would rather be in a rental truck with slightly over inflated tires than in one where the load has strained the tires to their maximum. Yes, when empty you'll wear the center of the tread out faster but it is a rental.

Do you remember the Western Wilderness tire fiasco?

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