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Old 05-31-2011, 05:13 PM
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Do I need a dually to hual a tandem dual trailer?

I have searched and searched on this matter to no fruition. I have multiple friends who have said that in the state of Texas, it is now illegal to pull a tandem dual trailer with single rear wheel truck. Is this true? I have searched TxDot, TXDPS among other sites. I have two tandem dual trailers and a single wheel truck. I don't want to sell the trailers and I don't want to buy a new truck. My option is to convert mine to a dually if need be. I will not be using spacers or kits; I would do it the right way if I had to.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:45 PM
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Its all about what the truck is rated to do..and the weight of the trailers..if your truck isn't rated to pull them nothing can be done to change that..not even adding axles.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:24 PM
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So I spent about two hours on the phone today tracking down the correct people to ask. I spoke the TXDPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and explained my question to them. They said as long as the tires and wheels on the truck were rated to handle the weight of the trailer (neck weight) then there are no statutes that prohibit someone from pulling a tandem or triple dual trailer with a single rear wheel truck. I asked about GVWR and what is required. Get this, in the state of Texas, you can run over what the truck is rated for if you buy a permit (TXDoT and USDoT) to do so. Of course, you must obtain a Commercial DL to haul over 26k and have insurance that covers additional weight, but it can be done. Additionally, in Texas trailers over a certain capacity have to be inspected and stickered by a licensed TXDoT trailer inspection facility.

That being said, even thought it is legal, I think that I am better safe than sorry and will convert to a dual wheel truck. According to who I spoke with one can also have the registered GVWR changed on their truck with proper BOM's for the axles and springs. Very interesting and kind of scary.
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:49 PM
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Are these for personal or commercial use?
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:16 PM
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The company I work is a construction company that owns multiple vehicles that have to be DOT registered and deals alot with weight restrictions. We have a 10 ton tandem dual gooseneck that almost solely gets pulled by SRW trucks and we've never had problems with the law (inspection excluded) or with the trucks capabilities. I dont see it necessary to convert to a DRW unless your planning on pulling on a regular basis with those trailers. Btw we are in TX.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:55 AM
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Naw I'm in Texas to and you can do it no problum what are you goin to be hualing
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:47 PM
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everything is legal in texas!!! just might have to take minor detours around certain blinking yellow lights and tan sheds.

If it were me and i was running the highway alot with that heavy of a load i would defenately have duals, i towed lots of crap with a srw 3/4 ton, but i was never going very far. but a blowout would REALLY suck.
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