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Old 02-05-2013, 10:54 AM
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Towing regs. lotsa luck!

So frustrated! Been googling NC trailer towing regulations for 30 minutes, nothing found. Even on the NCDMV or NCDOT websites had no links. I even tried their search window which only pulled up certain statutes. Called the local office of the DMV no answer it just rang and rang. WTH? In my searches on google I came upon many a forum where posts asked why is it so hard to find this information? Why dear God, WHY? ......
I just want to know in an open trailer does my loose equipment, trimmer, gas can, etc. have to be tied down with a strap or can a bungie cord suffice? I am sure it matters that I have 3 foot sides with that heavy steel mesh on the trailer also.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:15 AM
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This is the federal requirments, which should be okay with your state.


Tie-Down Strength
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rule 393.106(d) requires that tie-downs be of sufficient strength to secure cargo. When using indirect tie-downs, or tie-downs secured on both ends to the trailer, the tie-downs’ working load limit must be half of the total weight of your cargo. When using direct tie-downs, which secure the cargo to the trailer, the straps’ working load limit must be equal to the load you carry.

Tie-Down Specifications
According to Rule 393.105(f), tie-downs must be free from knots; repaired in DOT approved manner for the type of tie-down; and protected from rubbing or abrasion through the use of edge protection. Each tie-down must be secured in a method that keeps it from coming undone or loosening while in transit. Tie-downs must be adjustable so drivers can tighten them if items settle in transit, as required by Rule 393.112. Tie-downs can be made of steel, chain, webbing, wire rope or cord, as per Rule 393.104(e).
Read more: DOT Tie-Down Regulations | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6696607_dot...#ixzz2K2eP2pOx
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:27 AM
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Towing regs. lotsa luck!

Here in pa i ended up call for a state trooper with his dot and asking for a book.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:59 PM
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They make the laws confusing,so when they pull you over they can nail you even if you think you were right.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:02 PM
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Thanks Clydebusa for the info on the straps.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:04 PM
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse but hiding the regulations is not playing fair.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:19 PM
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best thing to do is call a state trooper and ask them for a contact for the DOT/DMV commercial enforcement officers. I guarantee that they if asked will come to your shop and advise you on how to make everything compliant. But you will need to go through the officers.
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