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Ok guys here's the deal... I'm going to be transferring my truck to NC tags at the end of May when I move and I need to know what to register the tags for to be legal. Truck is in my sig and IIRC the GVWR is 10500#. I also have a trailer that I pull on occasion with a GVWR of 7000#. Does it need to registered for the total combined GVWR's of both vehicles?:dunno: Any suggestions or thoughts are appreciated.
 

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Your truck and trailer will always be registered based on their own GVW, not GCVW.

To be on the safe side, I would register the truck based on the GVW that it's rated for. Having said that, you will pay more the more weight you add to your title. So that one is up to you how high you want to go.

As far as your trailer goes, I am guessing it's also going to be considered a title vehicle. So then it will have to be registered for the GVW of the trailer.
 

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Ok.. so if I ever did happen to get targeted my vehicle registered weight will only need to cover the weight of the tow vehicle, payload, and tongue weight....and not the weight of the trailer? Is this correct?
 

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Ok.. so if I ever did happen to get targeted my vehicle registered weight will only need to cover the weight of the tow vehicle, payload, and tongue weight....and not the weight of the trailer? Is this correct?
Correct. :thumb:
 

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Well, I just found this info that is being posted at the NC marinas. It's meant for boats but I would think that the same applies for cargo/car trailers.
License weight requirements: In regards to the weight of the vehicles, a boat and trailer which is being towed by a truck or another vehicle such as a commercial cargo van that is classified as a property hauling vehicle, must be included for gross weight purposes when determining the amount of weight that the truck or van can legally pull. The vehicle must be registered for the gross vehicle weight of the truck/van, trailer, and boat, along with any other items located within these vehicles. For example, if the truck weighs 4,000 pounds and the boat and trailer have a combined weight of 10,000 pounds, then adding the two weights together results in a total gross vehicle weight of 14,000 pounds. Therefore, the truck must be licensed for at least 14,000 pounds to ensure compliance with the license weight requirements under N.C.G.S. Chapter 20-88. Private passenger vehicles such as SUVs are not considered property hauling vehicles; therefore, they are not subject to the license weight requirements of N.C.G.S. Chapter 20-88.
 

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Interesting. Hopefully some of the other North Carolinians can chime in and help out with this. You guys up there gotta know these laws.
 

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I am sure that your weighted truck tag has to be enough to cover the combined weight of both the truck and anything that you are pulling/hauling. The tag fee is based on weight, mine was like $188 for 13K lbs tag.
 

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I am sure that your weighted truck tag has to be enough to cover the combined weight of both the truck and anything that you are pulling/hauling. The tag fee is based on weight, mine was like $188 for 13K lbs tag.
So that means that your entire rig (tow vehicle with payload and trailer with payload) cannot weight more than 13k pounds? That's not a lot of weight.

That is strange.

Why does your truck plate have to cover the GVW of the trailer too?

How are trailers title/registered in NC?

For example. In Florida, the tow vehicle is registered and titled to it's own GVW. Then your trailer, if it's empty weight is over 2k pounds, is also registered and titled to it's own GVW. Therefore you will have 2 titles that will cover the GCVWR. In my case, the truck is titled at 10k and the trailer at 12k.
 

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To be honest I am not sure how that works, cuz I did not get weighted tags for mine truck. I am sure there will be someone along who can answer these questions for you.
 

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Therefore you will have 2 titles that will cover the GCVWR. In my case, the truck is titled at 10k and the trailer at 12k.
That makes too much sense:hehe:
though I suppose if you had multiple trailers it would actually cost less to have the trailer gvw covered by the tow vehicle

I think trailers in NC have a standard title fee. I'll have to do some more research on the trailer side of registration.
 
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Hey man, Your tag has to have enough weight on it to cover your truck's weight, whatever you may haul in the truck, and if you happen to pull a trailer, its gotta cover it too. so, if you have a 12k tag, and your truck empty weighs 7k, and your trailer weighs 2k, and you put a 4k truck on the trailer, you would be overweight by 1k pounds. which if caught, carries a hefty fine. Troopers and DMV has been known to weigh trucks on side of the road if they look overweight. I am talking about a 1/2 ton pickup carrying a big car hauler, and a car, and running a reg. tag. If you are carrying a weighted tag, and you happen to run over a bit on weight, and you dont do it alot, you should be fine. Trailers have to have a tag too, but they are just a reg. trailer tag. not weight associated.
 

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Hey man, Your tag has to have enough weight on it to cover your truck's weight, whatever you may haul in the truck, and if you happen to pull a trailer, its gotta cover it too. so, if you have a 12k tag, and your truck empty weighs 7k, and your trailer weighs 2k, and you put a 4k truck on the trailer, you would be overweight by 1k pounds. which if caught, carries a hefty fine. Troopers and DMV has been known to weigh trucks on side of the road if they look overweight. I am talking about a 1/2 ton pickup carrying a big car hauler, and a car, and running a reg. tag. If you are carrying a weighted tag, and you happen to run over a bit on weight, and you dont do it alot, you should be fine. Trailers have to have a tag too, but they are just a reg. trailer tag. not weight associated.
Thats what i was gonna say. For the most part, if it looks like your NOT hauling for commercial use, they wont bother you. There more after the people hauling for commercial use, not the homeowners hauling things.

If you dont tow that often, i wouldn't worry bout it. But thats just my opinion.

The chance with that is tho, if you do get pulled and weighed, and are overweight you could most likely get a ticket.


Up here in the mountains they dont really mess with people hauling for there own personal/residenstial use. They go after the vehicles hauling commercially.

Plus, as long as you dont look overweight(i.e., truck is sagging really bad, or trailer is, or both, etc. etc.), then i doubt they'll bother you
 

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Just FYI, a normal tag is only for trucks UP TO 4000 pounds.....
 

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Hey thanks guys. I thought thats how it was but just needed to confirm it.

So, any idea on the cost of a 17000# tag?
The lowest they would let me get in PA was a 9000# which was about $150
 

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Just FYI, a normal tag is only for trucks UP TO 4000 pounds.....
No actually its up to 6000 lbs.

I dont have a weighted tag on my truck. I'm just got a regular old tag. and its tagged for 6000lbs.


But that is only because when i went to the DMV office to get everything done, the lady there told me my truck weighed like 5600 something, or 5400 something, i dont remember exactly, but she said for that i needed to have the 6000 lbs tag. She said if i only pulled a few things for personal use, i'd be fine. So i went with what the supposed "professional" said.

Well, i really have no idea where she got the 5400 lbs, because my truck definitely weighs more then that. GVWR is a whole lot more then that. So technically i'm overweight all the time.

And i'm not the only one the DMV has done that too. There's a couple guys at work who have PSD's, and the DMV did the same thing to them.


So Beware of the NC DMV. haha:hehe:

As for price, lemme get back to you on that. I'll see if i can remember prices, and ask some guys at work today.:thumb:
 

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Yea thats why I asked all you "experienced" people and not them.:hehe:

I had my title work and registration done at a dealer in PA and they used the curb weight of one of the trucks they had on their lot to estimate mine and it was over 7000# so I had to get the tag for 7-9000#
 

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Oh yea, John, I had a guy today looking for a F250 but he wanted a CC:doh:

How many miles are on your truck again?
 

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I have a 12000# tag on mine and it cost me $133.00. I think a 17k tag would be in the ballpark of $180.00. Thats just my Misdirected Directors unprofessional Guess...hehe
 

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I have a 12000# tag on mine and it cost me $133.00. I think a 17k tag would be in the ballpark of $180.00. Thats just my Misdirected Directors unprofessional Guess...hehe
Sounds good.:thumb: Thats not a whole lot more than I pay now.
I'll gladly pay an extra 30-50 a year over a fine any day.
 

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In NC the licensed weight of the tag on the towing unit must cover the actual weight on the truck, trailer (if one is attached) and the load thats including everything and everyone that is in the vehicle. In NC your GVWR does not matter at all when it comes to license weight. In NC you can license your car for up to 80,000 pounds even though it wont carry it, you can do that if you choose to. Say your truck is licensed for 10,000 pounds and your hauling your trailer that has a load of lumber on it, and the actual weight of the truck with trailer and load is 20,000 pounds you are 10,000 pounds over weight. Also in NC tags for trailers do not carry a license weight. The price for a tag on a trailer is 19.00 dollars. Now to make this even more confusing, in NC if your truck is licensed for 4,000 , 5,000 or 6,000 pounds and you are hauling a trailer you are allowed up to 9,000 tolerance. this is done for guys who pull there boats, trailer w/ lawnmover equip. things of that such. In NC the General Statue is 20-118 in the chapter 20 book.
Also In NC if your truck by itself or your truck and trailer both have a GVWR or the combined GVWR of over 10,001 pounds you must come thru any weigh station in NC, you can be written a ticket if you dont.
 
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