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Old 09-16-2014, 08:45 PM
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Hello all new member here just came to snoop around and possibly get some answers to a few questions I have.

I am looking at starting a Hydroseeding business next summer however before doing so I want to make sure all my Tís are crossed and Iís dotted.

I have a few questions regarding DOT regulations. I have tried to find some info for small trucks in the past and cannot manage to find anything helpful so Iím counting on you experienced owners to provide some insight.

I have a 01í Dodge RAM 1500 with about 185,xxx miles on it which I plan on using to pull a trailer so total GVW would be around 16-17,000 lbs.

The truck will be used for the business however what precautions do I need to take when it is being used for personal use? I know I will need a medical card but what is my fiancťe is driving w/o trailer for personal use will she need one to and will she need to fill out logs?

Another question would be what mechanically gets inspected during DOT checks? Brakes, tires, windshield?

I know the truck needs new tires and the windshield has some cracks other than that a few other things might need replaced but nothing major.

Any other insight about a DOT inspection or where I can go to read and learn more would be great.
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:35 PM
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As far as personal use goes, get magnetic DOT #s and remove them when not pulling a trailer. Truck by itself should be below DOT threshold. If you leave the numbers on you need to record miles and all that.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:30 AM
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As far as personal use goes, get magnetic DOT #s and remove them when not pulling a trailer. Truck by itself should be below DOT threshold. If you leave the numbers on you need to record miles and all that.
Wrong, if it falls below the threshold, something can not be required of it that the law does not allow.

Same reasoning that a truck with a 26,000 GVW and air brakes does not require an operator to not have an air brake restriction on their license.

Somebody better turn on the Duffster bat signal.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:36 AM
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Wrong, if it falls below the threshold, something can not be required of it that the law does not allow.

Same reasoning that a truck with a 26,000 GVW and air brakes does not require an operator to not have an air brake restriction on their license.

Somebody better turn on the Duffster bat signal.
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As far as I know the numbers can't be magnetic. They have to be 2 inches tall white or black
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:01 AM
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So in other words if it is operating (personal or commercial) log books still need to be filled out and the driver should still have a medical card?
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:25 AM
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So in other words if it is operating (personal or commercial) log books still need to be filled out and the driver should still have a medical card?
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Unlikely
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:02 AM
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Unlikely
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Now I'm confused ha.

If she is driving but not hauling anything business related she should be ok even if the business info and DOT numbers are printed in the truck?
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:48 AM
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To add on to this

As far as I know the numbers can't be magnetic. They have to be 2 inches tall white or black
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I've had DOT/MC numbers on a magnet and never had any issues.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:37 AM
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I've had DOT/MC numbers on a magnet and never had any issues.
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Just something I heard.

I have friends that have black trucks with black letters and white on white. Lol
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:46 AM
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Now I'm confused ha.

If she is driving but not hauling anything business related she should be ok even if the business info and DOT numbers are printed in the truck?
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Illernoiz is kinda messed up, so I won't give any definitive answers.

Personal is just that, personal usage. They can't enforce laws that don't apply to you. You probably don't even meet the requirements for a log book.

Here's some fascinating reading if you have insomnia. It should answer some of your questions.

What is the GVWR of the trailer? Can't be that much.
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