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GVWR AND GCWR CLARIFICATION!
I just want to make sure I understand this correctly. I have a 1 ton, crew cab dually. I believe the sticker on the door says the GVWR of the truck is around 13,500ish. To get the GCWR you take the GVWR and add it to the trailer GVWR. I'm pulling a track steer that weighs around 11-11.5k with attachments. I'm looking at a tandem axle trailer with 6k axles. The trailer dealer says that I might consider a tandem axle with 10k axles. The problem is when I get the beefier, more capable trailer I will exceed the 26,000 GCWR allowed without a CDL(I'm adding the 20k+ GVWR of the trailer and the truck 13,500k GVWR). I'm currently borrowing a friend's trailer with triple, 7k axles and I'm told if I will get pulled over (loaded or even UNLOADED) I'll get ticketed just because the two GVWR are over 26,000.
According to this info, it seems the only way to legally pull the track steer would be with a tandem axles, 6k per axle. To me, this is pushing the trailer load capacity and could bend an axle on rough roads!!
This seems crazy considering how many heavy loads I see everyday going down the road without DOT numbers on the trucks. It seriously seems like a racket to me! We buy these very capable trucks but in order to pull some weight, we need a CDL. Suggestions please!