3 car haulers stop at scales?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by georgeandson, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. georgeandson

    georgeandson Heavy Load Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    1 mile down the road.
    Do the guys hauling 3 car haulers with dodge pick ups stop at scales? Just curious. What if you have a closed 3 car hauler? Do those have to stop at scales.
    I'm looking into getting a enclosed 3 car hauler to do some side work with a pickup and was curious if I do do I have to stop at scales and keep logs???
    I would register the truck under my own company and get my own dot and mc number for it.
    Any advice or links on this topic would be appreciated.
  2. misterG

    misterG Road Train Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    ask my dispatcher
    You will be required to abide by all applicable DOT regulations as pertains to your vehicle class and License requirements.

    I suggest that you study them prior to learning the hard (expensive) way.
  3. dave26027

    dave26027 Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Dallas, Texas
    You might want to visit a scale house (without a trailer) and ask. Some will, some won't. Scalemasters are the best source of info for this stuff. Take a pen and paper to make some notes with. Good Luck!
  4. BigJohn54

    BigJohn54 Gone, but NEVER forgotten

    May 13, 2011
    SW Missouri
    I think the clear answer comes when you specify what the gross weight of the combination will be. Just being a combination may answer the question. I'm not sure.
  5. LBZ

    LBZ Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Road to Nowhere, IL
    You will not be able to afford to do it on a part time basis. You have to do everything as the big trucks, including stopping at scales. Dually's are also targets for roadside inspections.

    Three cars on a dually open & definitely enclosed will most always be over 26k, so apportioned plates IFTA etc. Insurance is also higher for auto haulers.
  6. SHC

    SHC Spoiled Rotten Brat O/O

    Feb 26, 2011
    Westville, IN
    ANYTIME you are being paid to move freight, either cars, shingles, ect.... you are to stop at all state run scales. And also, if you plan on moving cars you will need to register for a DOT number and make sure to have your equipment licensed properly (26,000lb plates) and annual DOT inspection.

    I ran hot-shot for a year back when I was 18-19 and it was bascially the same regs and rules as being in the big truck
  7. 123456

    123456 Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    If you do not yet have the truckers bible,

    you may want to get one........................

    it will contain answers to many of your questions.

    It is mandatory to know what this bible has to say, because guesses, rumors and

    hunches WILL not work !!!!

    Digitalwarrior and BigJohn54 Thank this.
  8. smugglinggoods

    smugglinggoods Light Load Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    My opinion is the same as LBZ. You will not be able to afford to run this type of operation part time. The fees and insurance will kill you. Car hauling insurance is pretty high and if you are doing enclosed cars there value will likely be more so you will need a higher amount of cargo insurance.
    As far as scales you will have to stop at every one of them. Some states do go by registered weight but you will exceed all those. I think oregon is 20k but you will need to be at about 30k. I use to haul a 2 car enclosed with a dodge dually. Enclosed cars a some what seasonal so like anything else when supply goes down so do rates.
    I could stay at 26k with 2 cars but barely.
    Hope this info helps a little. I just dont think you could do it part time and do anything but go bankrupt. Even running full time I sometimes barely made a profit. Ofcourse this was a while ago maybe things have changes but I doubt it. Probably have gotten worse.
  9. crzyjarmans

    crzyjarmans Road Train Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    if you run under a dot number, yes
  10. LBZ

    LBZ Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Road to Nowhere, IL
    Exactly, I started with a 40' flat & then a 53' wedge on a dually. Open car market is saturated with haulers (w/both legal - illegal) & thinking the enclosed market would take several years to get a good returning customer base to make it.
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