Maryland Trailer Regulations?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by recycledsole, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    Hey guys,
    i want to buy a dual axle trailer, but i need to be sure of marylands regulations first. i know not all states are the same, but i am seeking clarification from someoen who knows, on the following:

    i want to get a dual axle trailer
    the trailer needs to have breaks right?
    do i need to install a break controller inside my vechile? (heard this costs less than $100)

    my tundra weights weights around 6000lb and has gvwr of around 7400lb
    the trailer will weigh about 1,400lb with a gvwr of 7,000lb
    combined gvwr will be about 14,000LB. i know there is some regulation that has to do with the 10,000LB combined gvwr mark. does anyone know about this?
    thanks so much
     
  2. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    In Marylan any trailer over 3 k gvw must have trailer brakes. A 7 k tandem trailer will reguire you to register with dot have spare fuses , fire extingisher , road flares or triangles. Truck must be lettered and have 3" visable DOT numbers and any driver must have a DOT med card.
     
  3. Johnagain

    Johnagain LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it has breaks on the trailer you need to look elsewhere. Those breaks will surely give you problems in the very near future.

    I suggest you look at one that will have brakes on both axles for better stopping power.
     
  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Awwwww are you sure?
    i know alot of guys in MD who dont have the DOT. my uncle has different trailers (some large horse trailers) and he didnt mention to me anything

    thanks so much marek i appreciate it
     
  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was speaking of trailers used for work. If you are towing mowers around you will need the above. A camper of horse/stock trailer or race trailer you would not need DOT numbers and Med card. Although they have been known to pull over race trailers that are lettered up , they say once you are sponsered and advertise that it becomes a commercial trailer. North Carolina has been doing the same thing with tournament fishing boats that are trailered.
     
  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    thanks for your help.
    do you know how much all that stuff costs? is it a difficult process?
    thanks
     
  7. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

  8. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    http://www.sha.maryland.gov/OOTS/motorcarrierhandbook.pdf


    the handbook is pretty helpful regarding the regulations


    its my understanding that you do not need a cdl even if you are working with the trailer. if that was the case every single person in the trades would have to have a cdl. but the dot number you will need.

    as for the trailer i would say get one with brakes on both axles get the controller in your truck. i wouldnt want to pull 7000 without trailer brakes, yea the truck can stop it eventually but what about in an emergency someone cuts you off or slams on their brakes i would take brakes on 6 axles over4 any day
     
  9. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
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    :clapping:
     
  10. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    sorry didn't read what i posted before i meant to say 4 axles instead of 2axles :hammerhead:
     

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