DOT and Single Axel Trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jbell36, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 379

    Got to be tough staying under 10K if you have a 5K single axel trailer and a pickup. Maybe a 3.5k with a 1/2 ton (or 1/4 ton :>)
     
  2. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thats what DOT wants. It basically allows states to keep track of the commercial traffic on their roads. Like I said, some states are more lenient than others. MI isn't bad, but I got one just to be better safe than sorry. I have a 1/2 ton and my trailer has 3K axle, doesn't put me over 10. However the minute I hook up to my 7K single axle tilt it does, or renting any equip. Basically, anyone with a 1/2 ton should get one if they plan on towing anything heavy.
     
  3. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193

    You're wrong here.

    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?reg=390.5
     
  4. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 379

    In NY I got one cause my 1 ton is 10700 never worried with my 3/4 ton can its GVWR was under 10K and didn't need one even with trailer when Combined was over 10K but thats NY
     
  5. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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    Got me there with the actual quote haha. I'm just going off of what the FMCSA told me when I got my DOT number. Chances are, if your GVW is over 10,001lbs, your rating is over 10,001lbs, otherwise you would be overloaded. Take a dump trucks for example. Truck weighs 14, rated for 19500, no matter what, based off of either rating, you need a DOT. Then you get into license plate ratings, etc.

    To put it simple DOT just makes it confusing for all of us to try and make a dollar, however it thankfully keeps the jokers that make a bad name for this industry off the road.
     
  6. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    Like I said it varies from state to state. Some have alterations on what you really need. I talked to the FMCSA and then the State of MI and kept getting mixed answers from the state. Well yeah you need this, but, well maybe, okay well....and so on. So I said screw it and got one lol. No skin off my back.
     
  7. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 829

    Cody S. explained this quite well. I have a Chevy K2500 pick-up rated at 8600, if I tow a single axel 5x10 rated at 2950, I'm over 10,001 combined and by the book need a USDOT to drive around and cut 10 lawns. It sounds foolish but true. Most including myself are not in compliance w/ this.

    Also the website he cut and pasted has a step by step walk through process to determine if you need a USDOT number displayed on your truck, and which state it would be a requirement in.

    Only "DOT" police or law enforcent certified to enforce FMCSA Level 3-Level 1 could enforce the USDOT requirements. Most local, county, state patrol law enforcement would not even pick up on it as they could not enforce it and would most likely not even know or care about the requirement. If they did they would have to call someone that is FMCSA certified, usually a Trooper assigned to a CMV inspection unit, to conduct a "inspection". If the trailer is rated for 5000lbs or more it needs to be inspected, if used to make money, trailers over 7500lbs need to be inspected personal or business use.
     
  8. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193

    Not necessarily. My ole 3fiddy is rated for 9900. It's registered for 12k. I'm not overloaded until 12,001.
     
  9. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 379

    Yeah I've found out its best to read everything you can and sort out the mess yourself. Online a lot of info. Asking someone is prone to error and they aren't liable or have mal-practice talking insurance if they spew forth wrong data.
     
  10. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193

    According to who?
     

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