mower securement requirements Fed. or Kansas

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by racer56, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. racer56

    racer56 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 285

    Trying to understand what is required to keep from getting a ticket. We are not considered a commercial truck duw to being under 10,000 CGWVR so maybe we don't have any regs at all I'm not sure. I like the prolockers but it just won't work for us as we run one mower in then another right behind it.
  2. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,230

    We use Fastrap straps. Google them....
    You can drive right over them and get 1 for each rear tire.
  3. racer56

    racer56 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 285

    Anything else??
  4. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    DOT regs. It is the Kansas State Patrol & KDOT that enforces that stuff though.
  5. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    That goes for any unsecured load in any open vehicle @ any time going down the road. Commercial or not.
  6. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    I just learned something here ... I thought it was only applicable to commercial vehicles, but apparently not !!
  7. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I found out a couple years ago - it's for everyone. Had the local policeman & the DOT van to talk to on that one. Luckily they were both in good moods & I had lots of straps under the seat.
  8. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    even though you MIGHT be under the 10000 GCWR I am willing to bet KANSAS has a "catch all law" for securing items in vehicles in thier state vehicle code.

    On top of that unless you have a s-10 with a one axle trailer I bet your over that 10,001 pounds and then you DO fall into the fed regs
  9. racer56

    racer56 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 285

    Dakota 5100 GWVR and 3500lb axe trailer. Kind of crazy I have to do the single axle thing to stay under the cap. Alot more risk of an accident, but then it's a Fed. reg. so it's not going to make sence :hammerhead:. I have always drove right by the enforcement guys as they see I'm under the cap and don't really mess with me. Saves me ALOT of time and MONEY. I do want to comply with all the rules that still apply to us though, anyone have a list? Any strap at all work? How many? Placement of them and gas cans securement? If the traile has 4 sides on it the only way it's going anywhere is flipping the thing and that would be the least of your problems it seems.
    I asked a buddy that is a cop and he took a look at everything and said I should be fine but also said it really depends on who pulls us over,crap.
    I can't get a commercial license so I have to work things this way and it also saves the hassle of who will drive it as anyone can now. We looked at a custom trailer that we could have 2 2000lb axles put on that would keep me under the limit but then we would get hassled by the enforcement guys as my buddy says they look for a dual axle and know they are over the 10k max and pull them over to have a closer look $ :nono:.
    Anyway we just want to follow the rules all we can but need to have the rules. DOT here just have a list that applies to commercial only and told me no regs if not commercial but I wanted to be sure.
  10. EngineeredLawns

    EngineeredLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Send the State Police an email and ask for clarification as to what the law means. Here in Va. everyone is required to have a secured load. No real definition as to what that means as far as straps and such. Here in Va. every load of mulch, leaves, stone and any other material must be covered to be secure. the ticket is like $250.00 so I take the extra 4 minutes and cover all loose (material) loads.

    Staying with a single axle trailer may not get you out of securing everything but you will not get hassled as much as a dual axle.

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