Posted by JimEvans on December 06, 2012 at 17:24:45 from (188.8.131.52):
In Reply to: D.O.T. posted by Mike Genrich on December 05, 2012 at 19:19:37:
You need to read the book in the post above. Follow the flow chart on page 8. You didn't say how big your trailer is, but for the most part if your trailer has more than 4 tires, you will need a CDL. If it only has 4 tires, you do not for hauling your own stuff.
Weight is all on the truck in Iowa - not on the trailer. Now read page 36 - probably a couple times. If your total weight with the tractor and trailer is less than 16,800 lbs, you only need licensed on your truck for the empty weight. Note: That will only cover 1 tractor. A standard 3 ton license also wont cut it. You will need at least a 4 or 5 ton license.
If you are hauling more weight than that (2 tractors) you will have to be licensed for the total weight - probably 10 -12 tons. Now it starts to get expensive.
Carry the book with you with the proper pages marked. You will need them to explain this to the DOT officer.
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