Dot numbers?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Schrock Lawns, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Schrock Lawns

    Schrock Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 944

    I was thinking about dot numbers my trucks gvw is 9900 and my trailers right at about 3200 loaded I know I problay won't get stopped but should I be safe and just go ahead and get dot numbers cuz I plan on getting an enclosed soon also
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  2. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    When you hook onto the trailer your are over 10k so you need them when towing.
  3. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    So Over 10K lbs and you need the DOT stickers? How about the annual certification? I was told by a DOT agent that if you're over 10K lbs you need the stickers but not an annual certification. He also stated that an annual certification is required for trucks/trailers combo over 26K lbs.

    I'm sure all states are a little different, but staying in one state can anyone verify thins info.?
  4. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    Its 10k GCVW if you go out of state and are doing commerce, making money. In PA its 17,001 GCVW if you are doing commerce for DOT.....not sure about other states. If your trailer, any trailer including recreational, is over 10,001lbs GVW....then dot and I believe that is all states.
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,286

    Different states different regs.
    I have a DOT # here but do not need to display, under 17K lbs and not interstate.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    No. North Carolina does not require DOT numbers on anything except for hazmat. If you cross the state line (any state line) then the Feds require DOT numbers for any commercial vehicle with a GCVWR of 10,001 pounds or more.

    My Chevy has a GCVWR of 12,000 pounds so if I cross into Virginia to do work then I'm required to have a USDOT number displayed on the truck.
  7. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    RV don't need DOT.
  8. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,012

    Here in Texas it one of 33 states that use the USDOT numbers even for intrastate use. It's kind of a pain when you want to tow big loads. Here you have to get CDL, Medical Card, Cab Card, and sigh up for drug testing. My commercial insurance went up by a grand.

    When you can tow six pallets of mulch or 14 yards of top dressing it makes having a CDL worth while.
  9. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    From what I've seen in my experience and read on here it would be cheaper to pay the ticket for not having #s.
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,288

    Not necessarily.

    Please do not give out information that is based on ignorance.

    More than likely.

    This is good advice. lol

    Horse hockey.

    DOT numbers are for commercial vehicles. A recreational vehicle by definition is not commercial.

    And the DOT number no longer applies in Michigan under 26,001. And a bunch of others.

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