I am getting ready to tow a 3-4 car hauler with 3 project vehicles loaded on it for a car show in March from Atlanta, GA to Panama City, FL and back.
I am borrowing a trailer from a friend of mine and it is supposed to hold 3 fullsize trucks with no problems.
I am concerned if I will be violating any laws in GA or FL by towing this trailer with 3 cars on it (2 Ford Rangers and 1 Jeep Cherokee). All 3 trucks are unfinished projects and each weighs maybe 2000-2300 MAX.
I will be towing with a 1995 F350 Extended Cab 2wd.
As long as I am under 26K GVWR, will I have any problems from DOT? Do I need to stop at weigh stations?
Thanks for the help.
Couple of questions first.
1. Do you have the proper "for hire" authority to begin with?
2. Or are you just doing this as a favor with no hope of making anything?
If you do not have an ICC-MC#, which allows you to haul for hire, you do not have a legal right to pull this trailer with cars on it.
Further more, if you don't have ICC-MC authority, then you more than likely do not have the proper liability or cargo insurance to protect the public from you and to cover the freight that you are hauling.
Also, do you have a US DOT#, if not, you would be in violation.
Even at under 26,000, you are by law suppose to stop at all weigh stations, because by the US DOT authority, you are a commercial vehicle.
If you are for hire, (which by asking what you have) I gather that you are not, you must have your name placard on the power unit, which is the truck.
You must have a fire ext. readily available in the cab. You must have a DOT inspection performed on the truck and trailer and have that on file either in the truck or your home office.
You must have a medical card.
Basically, if you don't have all of your ducks in a row when it comes to hauling freight for hire and you don't want to pay some big hefty fines.
DON'T DO IT. LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS.