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Old 05-31-2008, 08:04 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I haul cars for a living and here in Florida the DOT manual states, a CDL is not needed unless the GVW is over 26,000 lbs. I have a two car trailer so I'm under that, and don't have a CDL. I still have to keep a Drivers Log (can not drive more that 11 hours in a 14 hour period) and have to stop in weight stations. I also am subject to DOT inspections both at weight stations and on road spot checks. I have to have a DOT medical card. I drive in many states so I had to get a DOT number and a MC number to travel interstate. However if it is not a commerical vehicle, you don't have to comply with any of this or stop in weight stations. You can't have any signs on the tow vehicle. But you better have all your saftey equitment (fire ext. , saftey reflective triangles, spare fuses and small bulbs) with you cause DOT can still stop you. And when they see a three car hauler without any commerical markings.. you can be sure they are going to be wondering why it has no DOT number and will target that vehicle for inspection. As far as a single rear wheel tow vehicle... Check the owners manual for its capabilty, but remeber the truck is only as good as the tires carrying the weight. Those two rear tires are going to be working at their limit with that much weight and side to side load. Turning puts a load on the sidewalls. How about a blowout on a rear tire when loaded?? I like the piece of mind with the dually.
Hope some of this was helpful, Don
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