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Old 03-14-2005, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do I need a CDL?

After all the CDL talk I'm wondering if I need one. I pull a 3 horse gooseneck (6,000 lb.) with up to 3 hoses (say 1,200 lbs. each) and maybe 300 lbs. of tack & misc.. Total would be around 9,900, I pull with a 99 F250 (say 7,200 lbs). Gooseneck is about 26 feet long but about 5 feet are over the bed. Am I legal without a CDL in Ohio?
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Re: Do I need a CDL?

I guess it varies a little from state to state, but the general rule is GCWR of 26000 or less no CDL needed. You are of course over your GVWR with that load and a 18% tongue weight. I'd be more worried about that than the GCWR.
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Re: Do I need a CDL?

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After all the CDL talk I'm wondering if I need one. I pull a 3 horse gooseneck (6,000 lb.) with up to 3 hoses (say 1,200 lbs. each) and maybe 300 lbs. of tack & misc.. Total would be around 9,900, I pull with a 99 F250 (say 7,200 lbs). Gooseneck is about 26 feet long but about 5 feet are over the bed. Am I legal without a CDL in Ohio?

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Many rules and each state has its own variations (it seems) Here is what I see... IF you own all the horses are NOT pulling for hire (even one horse) you SHOULD be ok without CDL.
Want real fun? My cousin's wife could LEGALLY drive a semi with 80k lbs total weight loaded with her basic lic IF it was their hay/grain/machine on the trailer. No training needed. Same if it is a RV. Tons of rules the only way to know for sure is go to DMV get books THEN ask questions and get answers written down/signed by them. (good luck)
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Want real fun? My cousin's wife could LEGALLY drive a semi with 80k lbs total weight loaded with her basic lic IF it was their hay/grain/machine on the trailer. No training needed.

[/ QUOTE ]Probably could only do that within 150 miles of the "farm". Any further away than that and she would need a CDL A probably with air brake certification.
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Want real fun? My cousin's wife could LEGALLY drive a semi with 80k lbs total weight loaded with her basic lic IF it was their hay/grain/machine on the trailer. No training needed.

[/ QUOTE ]Probably could only do that within 150 miles of the "farm". Any further away than that and she would need a CDL A probably with air brake certification.

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Probably not since any blue hair can hop in a Prevost Coach pulling a full size suv on a trailer without a CDL. The key is "not for hire"
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