Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: El Dorado, AR
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Thanks for the explanations, guys. I have a chemical company and work all over the country. I was on the phone with my state highway police just this past week over these issues... what can I pull with my F-250 and trailer.
What I'm finding is the rules very state by state. It's REALLY confusing. My goal is to find out what I can legally haul withOUT having to get a CDL. And it can get pretty confusing.
Years ago I was in a 1/2 ton pickup pulling a trailer rated at 7000#. I have company signs on my trucks and the trailer was filled with drums, pumps and equipment- obviously commercial activity. I'd always passed by the scales as I'm not hauling for hire. These are the tools of my trade. Not so fast!
In North Carolina they chased us down and made us go back through the scales, which we tipped at a combined weight of just under 15,000#. A standard title/license for a 1/2 ton truck is something like 6500#. The fine was almost $400 for not having the correct tags.
The scales cop pointed out that their sign said ALL COMMERCIAL VEHICLES should pull in. "Does that mean an S-10 pickup truck with a box of parts should go through?" He said if there is a company sign on the vehicle and it is hauling anything for the company... you should pull through the scales.
I now run commercial tags with a designated rating of 20,000#. The DMV told me it doesn't matter how much my truck can haul. I could put 80,000# commercial plates on there if I wanted to. The point is... make sure your vehicle is registered for more than you're going to haul, even without a CDL.
So, do we need to go through the scales in all states? The cops told me that, again, was a state by state issue. Anyone have any experience or info on which states want company trucks going through the scales?
2002 F-250 Lariat, PSD, CC, short bed, 3.73, auto tranny, Line-X bed liner, AFE Filter, HX crossover, intake heater delete, Evans NGC+, Dieselsite 203 thermostat, coolant filter, Amsoil by-pass filter, Schaeffer's synthetic blend tranny fluid, Bob Riley's tranny filter, Velvet Ride shackles, Rancho 9000 shocks with in-cab adjustment, 60 gallon aux tank for burning heated WVO, burning veggie since fall of '04.