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Old 10-10-2009, 06:09 AM   #1
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Cdl to drive a 3/4 ton truck ????

I was talking with a friend yesterday and he told me about some scary s**t.
Anyone else heard about having to have a CDL to pull a trailer with a 3/4 ton and up. He was saying Texas is coming up with some pretty strict rules about who is pulling what around the streets and highways of Texas. This don't sound good!
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They are getting tired of some of the hotshotters running way overweight w/ no CDL and no commercial insurance. I haven't heard of these new rules, but bet they are just going to be a bit more strict in the enforcement of the existing. This may not be good for those of us pulling more than one rig on a trailer.
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Doesn't the posting of "Not For Hire" on the side of the pick up help. Thats what some of my buddies up in Colorado had to do with thier Top kicks, and F-550's.
Seems they get left alone if thats stated on thier rigs.
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Old 10-10-2009, 01:11 PM   #4
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CDL is only needed if you are hauling for monetary gain. That means if you are sponsored by someone or you are going to compete for a chance at a cash prize, you are supposed to have a CDL. I've heard that they have really been cracking down on the rodeo people lately. Texas does have a non-commercial license in a class A & B.
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I'm glad this topic has been brought up. I was looking into all this when I was building/regisering my GN a few months ago. I saw that there is a non-com A and B, but the beeotch at the DPS didn't know sh!t about any of the licensing requirements. I've wanted to find a trooper at a truck stop or something and pick his brain. From what I've read, if you are 26,001 lbs GVW then you need more than a class C. And if you are 26,001 lbs and the trailer weighs 10,000 lbs it is an class A. I never could get answers on the non-commercial Class A. That is where most of us would be, I think.
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:22 AM   #6
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The bad part from the way the rules are is it goes by GVWR not actual weight. A tandem dual GN behind a pick-up EMPTY is a violation because the combined rating is over 26,000 lbs. That is why I registered my trailer for 14K. That plus my 8800 GVW truck is still under the limit.
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This all sounds like some Right Wing scare tactics. Look out for Obama! He is a Nazi-Commie-Socialist Satan! He is gonna come and take your guns away and kill your Grandma!!!

Truth is Texas has some of the most relaxed laws regarding truck/trailers there are.

Heck, unless things have changed you can drive a semi at 18. No one will hire you because you can't drive out of state, but still. ANYONE can own/drive a semi if it's not for commercial use.

What scares me is the Old Fart driving the 40 foot moto-home towing a car behind it, who can't stay in one lane, or make a left turn, and insists on driving in the left lane.

The way I feel about towing is this: Just because your pickup truck can pull the load doesn't mean it should. I cringe when I see a 3/4 ton truck pulling a flatbed with 3 vehicles on it at 70mph. Todays trucks have a lot of power, but the tires and brakes are not designed for that task.

It reminds me of the saying, "Two ton's of s#!t in a half ton truck."
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