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Shetland Sheepdog

12-08-2012 07:12:22

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Eric, it is my understanding that a CDL is not needed for a truck/trailer combination that weighs 26,000 lbs or less. I believe the law reads "more than 26,000 lbs GCWR and trailer GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs require a CDL-A" the key here being the word "and" not "or"!

I operate a truck/trailer combination where the truck GVWR is 9,900 lbs and the trailer GVWR is 14,000 lbs giving me a GCWR of 23,900 lbs, so no CDL required.

Further, if the GCWR is over 26,000 lbs, but the towed vehicle (trailer) GVWR is 10,000 lbs or less, then a CDL-B would suffice.


Edit: this is my understanding of the regulations in NH, YMMV
This post was edited by Shetland Sheepdog at 07:18:27 12/08/12.

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John in La

12-08-2012 08:19:39

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 Re: D.O.T. in reply to Shetland Sheepdog, 12-08-2012 07:12:22  
Every thing you said is true but you did not tell the whole truth.

Lets look at ..................
Further, if the GCWR is over 26,000 lbs, but the towed vehicle (trailer) GVWR is 10,000 lbs or less, then a CDL-B would suffice.

This is true only if the GVWR of the truck is over 26000 lbs.

If the GCWR is over 26000 lbs but the trailer is under 10000 lbs and the truck is under 26000 lbs no cdl is needed.

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Shetland Sheepdog

12-08-2012 09:54:55

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 Re: D.O.T. in reply to John in La, 12-08-2012 08:19:39  
John, I'm not 100% positive, but I think that the GCWR needs to be under 26,001 in NH for the exception, but I could be wrong!


Edit: Here's how it applies in NH

•Class A: Combination vehicle weighing over 26,001 pounds with the trailer weighing over 10,000 pounds
•Class B: Single or combination vehicle weighing over 26,001 pounds and a trailer weighing less than 10,000 pounds
•Class C: Vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or less, carrying hazardous materials or transporting 16 or more passengers

The statement under Class B that says "single or combination vehicle weighing" is what leads me to believe that one would need a CDL-B to legally operate a truck rated 23,000 lbs pulling a trailer rated 5,000 lbs in NH.
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John in La

12-08-2012 14:32:16

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 Re: D.O.T. in reply to Shetland Sheepdog, 12-08-2012 09:54:55  
While a state CAN make the rules stricter than the federal guidelines I have never seen one that does. N.H. follows the federal guidelines and what I stated is true.

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