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Re: GCWR question

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12-29-2011 05:11:38

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The DOT doesn't give a hoot whether the equipment is "capable of carrying the load it has."

They only care about two things:

1. You do not exceed the weight on your registration.

2. You do not exceed the DOT maximum on any individual axle or axle set.

If you're good to go there, they will go over your rig with a fine-toothed comb until they find some nit-picky thing they can cite you for, or even better, put you out of service.

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12-31-2011 15:26:23

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 Re: GCWR question in reply to mkirsch, 12-29-2011 05:11:38  
Have to add that they also check the weight rating on the tires. You can be legal on everything else and still get shut down if the tires aren't rated for the load you have on. So for example if you try to save money on trailer tires and buy the load range D's when the trailer needs load range E's to go with it's axle rating then you can't load to the trailer's weight rating. Tire capacity is the limiting factor in that situation

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12-29-2011 10:01:12

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 Re: GCWR question in reply to mkirsch, 12-29-2011 05:11:38  
must varry, around here the dot does care about vehicle cabibility, enough so they dont care what the redistration states, they want to see what the cab id tag says and they do look at it around here

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