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Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Eastern South Carolina
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I was curious so I called my state trooper friend who put me in touch with a transport police officer friend of his. This is what he told me is applicable in SC. Any single unit vehicle (like our trucks) including trailer that gross' out at <26,000 lbs. will not be considered overweight as long as the tag purchased for that vehicle is over the actual weight of said vehicle. That includes cargo, trailer, and whatever else is attached or is being carried or hauled. If the vehicle and trailer exceed >26,000 lbs. combined weight, the the operator must have a CDL regardless of the type of vehicle. Here's the kicker, though; the equipment rating (tires, axles, etc.) must exceed the actual weight or load being carried/towed/hauled or you can be cited for operating an unsafe vehicle. So let's say you're pulling a 15,000 lb trailer with a 2001 F-250, the GCVWR is 20,000 lbs., and you have a regular driver's licence. If you gross out at say 21,500 lbs. combined then technically you're not over weight in the eyes of the law because you're <26,000 lbs. However, you have exceeded the manufacturers maximum rated GCVWR of that vehicle so if a failure occurs because of that and you cause an accident, injury, whatever, you are liable because you exceeded the maximum load of what the manufacturer certified the vehicle could safely handle. I believe he said this applies up to about (he said he wasn't 100% sure as he did not have his reg book in front of him) 38,000 lbs. A 2018 F-250, 6.7 Powerstroke, Crew-Cab, 4X4, short bed has a base curb weight of 7,264 lbs. It has a max payload of 7,360 lbs. and a GVWR of 14,000 lbs.. You can already see that if you load it with 7,000 lbs. of cargo, you have exceeded the max GVWR but are not legally overweight. However, if a failure occurs which results in an accident, then you are liable for damages because you have exceeded the manufacturers maximum certified weight rating for the vehicle. That same vehicle is rated to tow a 34,000 goose-neck trailer. Even with a CDL, you can't max the trailer weight out because it exceeds what is considered the max for a single unit truck to handle. IMO, the bottom line is the people who built these trucks are some pretty smart folks who have done the math on what weights and loads they can safely handle. Can the truck pull or haul more than it's rated for? Probably so. Is it good for it? Probably not. Is it safe to do it? Ford doesn't think so and neither do I. Just because you can do something does not mean that you should.
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Old School Strokin'
2001 F-250, 7.3 Powerstroke
Lariat, 4X4 Off-Road, Crew-Cab, SB, AT