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06-23-2010 16:55:17

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Today while driving home ... a pick-up w/ 3 older tractors past me ... the last tractor was on forward so the SVM sign was RIGHT there on the back ...
<> Question; Just wonder do you remove it or cover it if you are moving a tractor on a trailer ??
<> I think there can be a fine if the right person see it and wants to ... I try removing it myself , just don't want to give certain people a reason to stop me and look for something else ... you know what I mean.. they look till they find something ...
<> ANYWAY I was just wonder what others do ...
>> Mark

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06-24-2010 12:46:59

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
I guess that is just another god reason to live in Tenn. Have sold as high as 300 + new tractors a year and have never been bothered by law on delivery with sign in place..We go to fairs shows and give the svm away and will see more of them used for driveway markers than on tractors or equipment.. Just depends on what part of the country you are in I guess. I can,t even say I have ever heard of a farmer being pulled over for not having one on equipment. Back in the sixtys when they first came out evernow and then someone would say something but now days most tractors have cab an flashing lights that do a lot better job. With equipment getting so big and farm roads so narrow most farmers now have a truck or warning in front and rear of moving large disk or combines in this part of the country.

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Mike (WA)

06-24-2010 12:33:04

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
Seems like an empty dog food sack (or feed sack) slipped over it, and maybe tied with baler twine, would take care of the problem.

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Sam from WA

06-23-2010 22:12:15

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
We've never had a problem around here with the signs being visible while the tractor's on the trailer. I know dad's been hauling equipment for years and has never turned a sign around or whatever. The signs on all our Deere's don't come off, my 190 has a stick-on sign on the fuel tank, and most of our dirt working equipment has french flags, never been hassled about them. We have been harassed about pilot cars though, and various useless safety equipment in the pilot rigs.

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JD Seller

06-23-2010 21:13:15

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
Having that SMV sign visible will hauling it faster than 25 mph is a seventy-five ticket here in Iowa. They want the other drivers to always think that the SMV is going slow.

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big fred

06-23-2010 20:22:23

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
Around here I've seen 'em mounted on posts and used as driveway markers. I guess folks figger the post isn't moving more than 25 mph so they're okay. I've hit the brakes pretty hard a couple times when I've come around a corner and seen one up the road a bit at night.

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john *.?-!.* cub owner

06-23-2010 20:08:56

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
The law varies form state to state, but in most states it must be covered or removed if on anything traveling more than 25mph. whether under it's own power or being hauled.

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Two Banger

06-23-2010 18:54:34

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
I think as long as it is not visible, your okay.

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06-23-2010 17:44:41

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
There is all kinds of misuse with those signs. The only thing enforced around here is not having one at all or having the old style. It takes a special kind of person to write a ticket for an in transit machine unless he piling on a bunch of other violations.

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06-23-2010 17:40:15

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
i really dont know what harm the sign does. i purposly put one on when i drive at night just for the reflection, so others can see something in the distance. like i say, cant see the big red combine but can see the little red sign.just a bunch of red tape. as far as the right answer , dont know.

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06-23-2010 17:22:40

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 Re: ** SMV sign ** in reply to Dutchman, 06-23-2010 16:55:17  
When the neighbor had a new tractor delivered,the driver said they were supposed to turn them around so they weren't visible while they were on the truck.

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