Originally Posted by 1idejim
Laws vary from state but in Ca. a 2500 with a pick-up bed is exempt from most scales stops whereas "modified bodies" are bread and butter for commercial officers, jump scales, inspection stations etc.
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They usually leave us alone although technically the gvrw is over 10k.
But you are right, I would love to be under dot regs, because they are a hassle but I need the diesel to pull equipment every once in a while.
However, when we hook up an equipment trailer to the truck, they are on us like flies on crap. I just pay the tickets and go on. I spend about 1500-2000 on dot tickets a year. Digustingly, it is part of doing business.
I talked to a guy that buys used skid steer attachments to sell last week and they pull him over every 3 weeks on the dot(no pun intended). He said the officer basically told him he was an easy stop bc it is much easier for the dot/lazy govt slob to pull over a pickup with trailer than it is a semi truck with multiple checklists.