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Old 04-13-2014, 09:23 PM
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Minnesota DOT GCVWR

Running a theoretical scenario here to Figure out the rules of the road, or open to loopholes you may know of

Currently I am using an f250 with a 24k Goose. I want to avoid a tractor and trailer due to the cost of licencing and insurance(I would use it probably 5k miles tops for 3 quarters)

I am wondering If the MN DOT cares about the manufacturers recommended towing capacity and how the GCVWR is calculated in Minnesota. So If I had a trailer rated for 36k and the f250 having a gvwr of 10k, would I be able to legally gross 46k?

Thanks in advance if anyone can help me out here!


Edit:I should also mention i do mostly intrastate hauls with occasional hauls into SD and Iowa(I hear the Iowa DOT is rough).

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Old 04-14-2014, 03:33 AM
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Not positive seeing as I'm in GA, but I know here they look at the truck and trailers combined GVWR's and axle weights. So I think you could legally gross 46k provided you don't bust axle weights, which I have a hard time seeing. Not saying I'm within weight limits all the times either.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:53 AM
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Are you doing this for commercial? If so, you're illegal, and it will NOT be worth your cost for licenses and insurance and yada yada.

Do you know your truck's GAWRs and what it weight empty? I bet you'll overload the truck's rear GAWR as well as it's own GVWR.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:08 PM
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46,000 with an F250, some lawyer will have a field day with you if you ever get in an accident and if the DOT ever puts you on a scale, you couldn't hire enough lawyers to get you out of that kind of trouble.
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