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Old 02-26-2020, 06:45 PM   #1
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Iím needing to buy a farm trailer to haul my skid steer and a few implements. Estimated weight to haul would be around 15,000 pounds not including trailer weight. With a class c license what is the largest gvwr weight trailer I legally pull? The way Iím reading the law it would be a trailer gvwr of 20,000. So if I bought a triple axle 21,000 gvwr trailer it wouldnít be legal without a different class license?
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:48 PM   #2
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Over 26,001 truck and trailer gross needs a cdl. Not sure about farms tag thou
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:56 PM   #3
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Over 26,001 truck and trailer gross needs a cdl. Not sure about farms tag thou
The way Iím reading itís different for farm use within 150 of your farm or ranch.
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:05 PM   #4
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Class A DL instead of Class A CDL for farm tags within 150 miles is my understanding of it for 26,001.
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:41 PM   #5
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21,000 gvwr trailer, you need a Class A non-CDL unless you travel over 150 air miles. Over the 150, you need a Class A CDL.
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21,000 gvwr trailer, you need a Class A non-CDL unless you travel over 150 air miles. Over the 150, you need a Class A CDL.
So 20,000 gvwr is okay with a class c within 150 miles?
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Old 02-26-2020, 08:27 PM   #7
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Old 02-26-2020, 08:33 PM   #8
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Where are y’all seeing anything about trailer GVWR being 21,000? Everything I’ve seen and spoken to DOT about has said 26,001 as shown in the above photo. It makes no reference to any different ratings, only that you’re CDL exempt in normal CDL conditions (26001 GCVWR) within 150 miles of your farm.
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Here it is, in a flow chart.
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Old 02-26-2020, 08:39 PM   #10
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Bottom part is class c driver license...
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Old 02-26-2020, 08:39 PM   #11
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Google texas farmer cdl and the regs are in the pdf format.
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Old 02-26-2020, 08:41 PM   #12
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Iím needing to buy a farm trailer to haul my skid steer and a few implements. Estimated weight to haul would be around 15,000 pounds not including trailer weight. With a class c license what is the largest gvwr weight trailer I legally pull? The way Iím reading the law it would be a trailer gvwr of 20,000. So if I bought a triple axle 21,000 gvwr trailer it wouldnít be legal without a different class license?


We haul our 289s with grapple and tooth bucket with 24 ft gs with 8k axles. Does just fine so i wouldn't think you need a triple axle unless your wanting to be able to put all ypur stuff on it at once.

All i have ever heard is you need a cdl if its over the 26k
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Old 02-26-2020, 09:01 PM   #13
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Here it is, in a flow chart.
Never seen that before. Thanks. Doesnít matter to me as I rarely towed heavy near our farm, but I explored that route to avoid the CDL. Just ended up specing my trailers out to be just shy of CDL land.
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Old 02-26-2020, 09:38 PM   #14
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I was looking to haul everything in one trip. I've got a tandem gn with 7000 pound axels that should work locally. Making two trips locally isn't bad. It's when I go to South Texas or the hill country that's gonna suck. I'm thinking about selling it and going with a 20,000 gvwr since the triple axel won't work without a different license. I'm thinking a tandem dual deckover with 10,000 axels. I really wanted to go lowboy gn.
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Old 02-27-2020, 07:07 AM   #15
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And you can be a farmer as long as you’re not “for hire” and say you are a “farmer”.
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Old 02-27-2020, 07:15 AM   #16
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That will work, until it doesn't.
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Old 02-27-2020, 07:34 AM   #17
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class a exempt is very easy to obtain. just join a local vol fire dept. and use the engine to take the driving test. nothing to it
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Old 02-27-2020, 12:29 PM   #18
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That will work, until it doesn't.

FMCSR 390.5 defines a farmer. I worked license and weight for 7 years and if you have the proper license and meet the criteria in 390.5, youíre a farmer.
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:02 PM   #19
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FMCSR 390.5 defines a farmer. I worked license and weight for 7 years and if you have the proper license and meet the criteria in 390.5, youíre a farmer.
Thanks. Iím a farmer!
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:06 PM   #20
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Generally they don't pull over farm tags anyways. But they can.

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Old 02-27-2020, 02:34 PM   #21
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M16 if you ever want to travel further away from your farm with the equipment and not worry as much this is a fantastic trailer for your needs. If I didn’t just pick up another Load Trail I’d be all over this.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=759939
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:49 PM   #22
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M16 if you ever want to travel further away from your farm with the equipment and not worry as much this is a fantastic trailer for your needs. If I didnít just pick up another Load Trail Iíd be all over this.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=759939
Thanks, donít know how I missed that!
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