how many of you break cdl laws.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by deerewashed, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey guys,

    looking at getting a 3.5-5 ton mini ex. but technically i would need a Class A cdl to tow it with my pickup. i see a lot of guys towing similar setups on here, whether it be skids or mini's, and i wondered.....do they have a cdl?



    sorry kind of random, just would love to know your thoughts on CDLs and trailers hauling more than 10K.

    THANKS!
     
  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    What's the GVWR of your truck and the GVWR of your trailer?
     
  3. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 645

    Your not likely going to get many that openly say they haul overweight.

    It can be deceiving just looking at the rigs, example bobcat T650 wights in around 9500lbs so that might meet restrictions but a T650 with roller suspension is like 10400lbs so it wouldn't.

    Its not that hard to get the proper license and can you afford to be caught without it? Likely will need it down the road when you upgrade machine or get more so you might as well just get the proper license.

    Plus the fact if you get in an accident (maybe not even your fault) and insurance finds out you were towing on overweight load you can forget about getting anything from them.
     
  4. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    You don't necessarily need a CDL if you trailer is over 10k, unless the GCWR is over 26k.
     
  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    I did. I towed my 6 ton mini quite a bit b4 I got my A. You can tow one without being over26 if you use a 3/4 ton truck. Your just way over on your trucks capabilities, both legaly and legitimatly which are 2 completely different things.
     
  6. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
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    well my chevy 2500hd truck gvwr is 7500lbs(so i fit in comb. class) my thought is gooseneck, not sure on the gvwr that should be bought for no bigger than e50(largest possible purchase, most likely purchase).
     
  7. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your 2500HD should be rated for more then 7500lbs. More like 9500.

    Which means you can haul a 16.5k trailer legally with no CDL
     
  8. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
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    what do you mean legally?

    i am confident in my duramax, i know guys who hual 18k from a gooseneck with the same truck as mine at 80mph no problem. Also my rig will see VERY VERY little highway miles, like maybe once a month, both less then 20 miles are needed to be driven, the rest is just through towns. (all my work is less then 30 min away)
     
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    Any dually truck, a 1 ton is fine with a 50. I think its a little over legally.
     
  10. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 884

    reason it rated at 7500 is because its a dd too, and driving on the parkways is nice. so i would have to change it to tow a 5 ton? would it be possible to find a 18k trailer that weighs 4500lbs? lol
     

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