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Re: To weigh or not to weigh

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FC Andy

08-27-2012 13:47:49

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chevytaHOE5674 said: (quoted from post at 06:56:44 08/27/12)
mkirsch said: (quoted from post at 06:09:37 08/22/12)

RATINGS have nothing to do with it. It's all about how much weight you paid for when you registered the truck and trailer.

All depends on the state. In Michigan my truck has farm plates that are based on the empty weight of the vehicle, and my trailer is registered by its empty weight. It isn't registered for any maximum weight.

This very discussion led me to find out the laws here in Michigan, I couldn't find an official website with the info, but I found another that seemed to be accurate. The understanding I came to, here in MI, is that "commercial vehicles" need to pull in to a weigh station. The law also defines a "commercial vehicle" as any truck, trailer, or combination weighing over 10,000 lbs. Right in the document it says that these laws pertain to private and commercial haulers. The way I read it, My 3/4 ton, (about 7,000 lb empty) hooked to my Gooseneck (5,500 empty) will make me have to pull in, at least in MI. -Andy
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08-27-2012 17:43:26

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 Re: To weigh or not to weigh in reply to FC Andy, 08-27-2012 13:47:49  
Exactly, private or commercial. If you have a dba you are private. It also states at the front of the CDL book, if it is personal property the CDL laws do NOT apply. You can load up a tractor-trailer with your PERSONAL property and drive it from Monroe to Escanaba and need NOTHING but an operator licence.

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FC Andy

08-27-2012 17:59:16

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 Re: To weigh or not to weigh in reply to Wes(MI), 08-27-2012 17:43:26  
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Hmm, I find that interesting. I just took my F endorsement tests last year, and I don't recall reading that in my CDL book. My book is also about 10 years old, though. May not have been in that book. I thought you needed at least an F endorsement. Maybe that is because a farm owned truck is for a business? -Andy

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08-28-2012 16:44:11

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 Re: To weigh or not to weigh in reply to FC Andy, 08-27-2012 17:59:16  
That is correct Andy. It is owned and operated by the farm (business). Farm vehicles in MI do have some 'exemptions' over other private and commercial vehicles. MI classifies vehicles into 3 categories: personal, private & commercial. Some rules do/ do not apply to all 3. That's why I tell people to call the state police / hiway patrol talk to an officer, and get their name & post #. I've had good results with Flint & Monroe posts.

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