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

    In NY if you have trailer brakes and all duel axels need brakes then you need yealy inspection. All this DOT stuff is by the state even though it is USDOT which gets more involved for Inter-state travel.
     
  2. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    Right, I get where you're coming from. I was just trying to address the main guys problem of DOT numbers and towing. I don't have any 3/4 or 1 ton trucks to compare, just my 1/2 ton and a single axle. But I do know what you mean when you compare the difference between rated and registered.

    Exactly. I am by no means claiming to be some DOT expert and that I know the difference between everything and every law. I just know what I was told between my state and the FMCSA, and just sharing what I know.
     
  3. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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    Same in MI. All states were SUPPOSED to be uniform when it came to DOT, however each state has taken it upon themselves to regulate their roads when it comes to Intrastate commerce, however it is consistently uniform with Interstate because it needs to be.
     
  4. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193

    As it should be. Fed ain't got any business telling a state how to do things.
     
  5. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    Exactly, and luckily the state goes pretty easy on small guys like me just starting out.
     
  6. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    Some of my trailer inspection comments were specifice to the State of Maine,answering Duffster's question "according to who?". It was a typo as well it is 3000lbs (not 5000) here for trailer rating if used w/ commercial registered pick-up and your using it to make money. So people w/ a F-350 and a large dual axel trailer towing personal toys are exempt from inspection. From the ME MV law book M.R.S.A. 29-A section 1753.
     
  7. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    Right, you can tow any recreational set up you want with no worries, from trucks and trailers to 30,000lb RV's. The minute you want to make money with a truck and trailer prepare to get through a bunch of red tape
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  8. southerlawn

    southerlawn LawnSite Member
    from Hays NC
    Posts: 65

    Some of you are doing way to much interpreting "spelling" others just putting bits and pieces in. So here is the real low down PERIOD. If you have an RV no dot #. Heres where it gets fun none of this is new just hasn't been enforced until last year as strict as it is now, so here we go.... If you are in business which includes most all of us on here and you weigh more than 10,000 or are rated to carry this much by law you must have a DOT number, with that it doesn't matter if you are CDL CMV or just CMV like most of us over 10,000 are you must keep log books ( fun fun) an FMSCA inspection, and keep a copy of the FMSCA manual in all of your DOT number vehicles ($500 fine if caught without it)and so on, this is also starting to apply to hobbyist who haul boats, horses, race cars and so on over 10,000 lbs. So instead of running to the FMSCA website for bits a pieces you should really read the whole thing.
     
  9. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    You're wrong about log books and manual. That is only necessary when you have an INTERSTATE DOT number. Most LCOs are intrastate. No log books, etc. And the law is new as of 2012. Bottom line is, you want information about DOT, don't go to an Internet forum, call your DMV and the FMCSA, that's where all my information came from.
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  10. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193

    What if it's used in commerce?
     

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