Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Newark, CA
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Re: BigTex trailers....anyone have anything good or bad to say about them?
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Thanks for the replies guys
So I went to a dealer today and looked at the 10ET and the 12ET today.(Those are car haulers, 10,000 pound and 12,000 pound) The truck I will mostly tow on the trailer is 6000 pounds, my pulling truck. Plus the 2600 the trailer weighs would make the whole thing weigh 8600 pounds where the 10,000 GVW trailer would suit me just fine. But I like how the 12,000gvw is built much heavier, has 16" 8 lug wheeles and has a 9400 pound payload, not 7400 like the 10ET. So if I ever need to haul my (or someone elses) one ton or whatever that wont be a problem. The price difference is only about $450 too.
So I think I just about made up my mind on getting the 12,000 pounder, then the salesman tells me I would need a clas A license to tow it. Well thats a flaw in the slaw right there. Why is it I can pull a 12,500 pound camper with a class C but not a car trailer that will probably only weigh 8600 pounds at the most even though its rated for 12,000?
BTW, I live in California
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The laws state(nationwide) if you tow any trailer over 10K GVW then you are required to have a class A license. If you tow a travel trailer, a trailer not for hire or have an AG exemption then you need to have a non-commercial class A. You are tested in your rig so the driving part is easy. The written test is the hardest part. I haven't met someone who failed, it is that easy.
If you talk to the trailer MFG, they can put the heavy axles on the trailer with a GVW under 10K if you want. I have a trailer that is technically designed to haul 13K but the GVW is rated at 9960lbs. No special licences is needed but if it were to somehow to get overloaded it can handle it no problem. Plus the tires are never maxed out unless you inadvertantly/unknowingly overload the trailer, somehow. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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