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Re: Trouble in Kentucky

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d beatty

03-15-2012 08:22:46

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bg/mo this is out of your Missouri DMV. You need a commercial drivers licence (CDL) to drive a vehicle more than 26,000 pounds, a trailer more than 10,000 pounds, a transport vehicle ( pass. Bus), or a hazardous materials vehicle. I live in Indiana and ours is worded the same as yours. But Iowa words theirs a little differant and could be interpreted differant. Thats why I say that these states need to get on the same page so you can go from one state to another with no problems.

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George Marsh

03-15-2012 20:09:39

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 Re: Trouble in Kentucky in reply to d beatty, 03-15-2012 08:22:46  
I live in Indiana and you can only buy 9000 and 11000 pound tags. There isn't a 10,000 pound tag. So do they determine the weight of the trailer by the tag size, the actual trailer weight or the maximum rating of the trailer?

I have a 14k rated trailer with a 9K tags. I will never carry more than 9k total weight. A 10k rated trailer is only 200 pounds lighter than a 14K trailer. The only difference in the two trailer is the tire rating and axle rating. So, for a few more bucks, I bought a trailer that I'll never bend the axles. Will I be in trouble?

BTY, my trailer is for personal, not business.

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03-15-2012 10:00:23

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 Re: Trouble in Kentucky in reply to d beatty, 03-15-2012 08:22:46  
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What I don't understand is "a trailer more than 10,000#" How does one go about DRIVING a trailer? And what difference does it make how much that trailer weighs?

If you are USING a trailer, won't that trailer be hitched to your truck? And if it is hitched to your truck, does it not then become a "combined" vehicle? And since it is now a combination truck and trailer, does not the GVCWR apply?

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willie in mn

03-15-2012 17:58:12

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 Re: Trouble in Kentucky in reply to rustyfarmall, 03-15-2012 10:00:23  
Not all that hard to figure out the 10k limit on trailer.
First test- limit is 26k gross combined.
Second test- not more than 10k on the trailer.
Eg: 16k on truck & 10k on trailer- good to go, but 5k on truck & 21k on trailer is a no no. Tail wagging the dog type of thing.
Spent over 40 years on the road. After retiring moved away from big city area. Along with change of address,I cancelled my class A cdl, went with plain lic. Several people wanted me to "help them out" for a trip or two. Soc Security plus 2 union pensions put my income just under a tax bracket break. Anything i would earn would put me into the next higher bracket, actual net after tax would come out less than without earning anything.

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D beatty

03-15-2012 10:15:17

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 Re: Trouble in Kentucky in reply to rustyfarmall, 03-15-2012 10:00:23  
Rustyfarmall I only wrote down what was in the Missouri DMV site.In my opion the states need to get together and set up vehicle laws and CDL requirements that are the same so we can go from state to state and be legal.

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03-15-2012 10:58:33

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 Re: Trouble in Kentucky in reply to D beatty, 03-15-2012 10:15:17  
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No, I wasn't picking on you. I've read the same thing in other places, but I just can't make any sense of it. I also don't understand why the individual states need to set their own rules because the FEDERAL D.O.T. pretty much already has it covered.

Just color me confused!

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d beatty

03-15-2012 11:25:46

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 Re: Trouble in Kentucky in reply to rustyfarmall, 03-15-2012 10:58:33  
rustyfarmall don't fell bad your not the only one alone in being confused.I don't need to worry about CDL I kept mine after I retired after 38 years of driving semi for a common carrier. I did drop the Haz .Mat

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03-15-2012 12:02:48

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 Re: Trouble in Kentucky in reply to d beatty, 03-15-2012 11:25:46  
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Yes, I kept the CDL also, but haven't had a medical card for several years, and now I'm hearing rumors of a new law that basically says if you have a CDL, you WILL have a medical card. I'm sure I could get a card again, but gee whiz, all I want to do is maybe haul a tractor to a show, or maybe attend an auction and bring home a new project. Guess I may as well sell both the dually AND the trailer and get a bicycle.

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d beatty

03-15-2012 15:13:45

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 Re: Trouble in Kentucky in reply to rustyfarmall, 03-15-2012 12:02:48  
Rustyfarmall here in Indiana if you don't get your medical card renewed ever two years they will pull the CDL and you than only have a regular drivers license. I have diabetes and have to renew mine every year. I see my doctor evert three months.

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welding man

03-15-2012 14:29:30

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 Re: Trouble in Kentucky in reply to rustyfarmall, 03-15-2012 12:02:48  
One great thing about living where I do, is all the tractor pulls are on Saturday and the DOT is too lazy to work weekends in the states I travel in. I talked to a DOT guy the other day and he said that was one thing he really liked about his job, he has all the weekends off.

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