Tanker Trucks haul freight on return trip ?

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    Could gas Tanker Trucks, after unloading tons of fuel, carry freight on their return trips (e.g. with special second trailers) ? it seems wasteful to ever have empty trucks rolling on roads.
     
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    Wha?t they would haul two trailers?
     
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    yes -- is that not possible ? Naively, attaching a pre-loaded, prepared, second trailer, behind the now-empty tanker trailer, would be quickest & easiest. But, would that be an unsafe load-out, with all the weight way back in the second trailer ? Some states may have rules & regulations forbidding double-trailered trucks. But, every time a truck moves w/o hauling, the driver is losing money.
     
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    I've never seen tandem fuel trucks. I don't think they're allowed on the roads for safety reasons.
     
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    So these truck carrying flammable materials would always be dragging at least one full and one empty trailer behind?

    :lol:
     
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    Maybe they could haul milk in the opposite direction.
     
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    Those fuel trucks seldom travel long enough distance to make any sense of this idea.
    Again- it's a safety issue. Jacknife one of those things and it's burn baby burn.
     
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    Why pull two trailers? You can always pick up a load at the warehouse. where most trailers are kept.
     
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    I am fairly certain that trucking carriers would rather get paid hauling a customers load in the backhaul if they could find it instead of running it empty.

    If it were a government job, then it would be empty in both directions.
     
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    And leave the empty fuel trailer behind? bripat said that's the one they're supposed to put milk in.
     

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