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Old April 4th, 2014, 07:44 AM   #1
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The company I work for is looking to get a new vehicle for entry door installation and service. We all drive f450 stake or service trucks and this vehicle will need to carry all of our overhead door parts and tools as well. The biggest thing is being enclosed so we don't have to wait for the weather to cooperate for wood doors. I brought up the idea of a trailer. All but 3 trucks have hitches and trailer wiring installed. What laws are there for towing a trailer with these trucks? I know have my class a cdl so that's fine but our other drivers only have the required chauffer's license. I'm the main hollow metal guy but we have another that may be taking some over.

I googled but can only find so much on my phone. I figured there has to be some landscapers or something on here that would know.
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With commercial use the big factor is weight capacity. By that, I mean if the truck and trailer (GCWR) are rated for 26,001 or more you need to have a class A to haul it commercially.
It does not matter if the trailer is fully loaded or completely empty if the truck and trailer are rated for 26,001 or more you need a class A.

Depending on your options it may or may not have the 30,000+ lbs GVCW rating with the 450. If it does then you and the other drivers need a CDL. You will also need DOT numbers and the weight rating posted on the side.
For commercial use if under the 26,001lbs placing a vinyl sticker with the GVCW rating on the side of the truck would avoid any confusion and potential down time from any DOT.
Don't pull over your GVWR of course as it will have legal repercussions in the event of a accident. This may effect your trailer selection. Even though you are hauling light weight equipment now there may be times that you could fill the enclosed trailer with items which could add weight. It is best to select a trailer that has a weight rating as close to but not over the GVCW of the power unit.
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With commercial use the big factor is weight capacity. By that, I mean if the truck and trailer (GCWR) are rated for 26,001 or more you need to have a class A to haul it commercially.

It does not matter if the trailer is fully loaded or completely empty if the truck and trailer are rated for 26,001 or more you need a class A.



Depending on your options it may or may not have the 30,000+ lbs GVCW rating with the 450. If it does then you and the other drivers need a CDL. You will also need DOT numbers and the weight rating posted on the side.

For commercial use if under the 26,001lbs placing a vinyl sticker with the GVCW rating on the side of the truck would avoid any confusion and potential down time from any DOT.

Don't pull over your GVWR of course as it will have legal repercussions in the event of a accident. This may effect your trailer selection. Even though you are hauling light weight equipment now there may be times that you could fill the enclosed trailer with items which could add weight. It is best to select a trailer that has a weight rating as close to but not over the GVCW of the power unit.

All good info. Key word is rated, I was forced into a weight plate because I had a hitch on my one ton pick-up with a dump box. I had it plated non commercial and my plate was taken. I argued I didn't have a business nor did I have trailer that size. I lost - yet I see similar trucks from landscape company's without weight plate.
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