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Driving trailer 700 miles round trip

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by spitfire3416, May 8, 2013.

  1. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    So my father has to use my enclosed trailer to help my sister move about 700 miles round trip. It's lettered and all so I was wondering if there any legal ramifications that could come from this. If he gets stopped by a cop is there anything wrong with this that he could write a ticket for? Is it safe to drive this trailer that far?
  2. Dually00-00

    Dually00-00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    Whats the gvwr of trailer ? Check wheel bearings, tires in good shape etc ?
  3. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    2990 gvwr. it's a single axle 6x10
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,234

    It's not being used as a commercial vehicle, so lettering makes no difference.

    As for safety, when is the last time wheel bearings were repacked?
  5. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    as long as the trailer and tow vehicle are legal i cant imagine it matters one bit what the side of the trailer says
  6. gman1014

    gman1014 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Why not just rent an enclosed trailer for the day? Less where on your trailer and tires making it easily worth the small fee, probably less than $100.
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  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,165

    I agree, if there's a blowout on your trailer he's on the side of the road and the fender is ripped off. If on a rental just call Uhaul and tell them their junk is broken.
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Plus then you can just tow it one way
  9. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,440

    My thought exactly. Broken axle, bad bearing, tire failure etc. one thing local, another issue entirely hundreds of miles from home. Imagine yourself having to go repair it. Rental sounds cheap now eh?

    Besides, never ever ever ever ever loan out the tools you earn a living with. Ever.
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  10. lyube

    lyube LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,597

    If its unsafe he might get a ticket. Won't be you but him as he is the operator of the vehicle and trailer.

    If its safe enough for you to operate commercially it should be ok for him to use for a trip.
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