Can you road trip in your semi like an RV?

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  1. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

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    Conditioning the truck is a technical term used in the FMCSA regulations which can mean any type of repair, service, wash, etc. Putting the truck into condition to operate is how they interpret it.
     
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    There really isn't a good reason except it is specifically called out in the personal conveyance guidance.

    purely speculation/opinion with nonlegal backing, but the only reason I can partially agree with is the fuel could be used at a later time for business purposes and just because you are using the truck for personal conveyance doesn't always mean it isn't "business". Think of it like a company car.
     
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    Thought Police, I ask the same thing to my state personal she would not answer me of course this was in 2008 things could be different now. A lot of things are different now.
     
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    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    Free men don't ask permission is I how I'd look at it.
     
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    One more thing to note. Depending on the state, and their requirements, even on PC on must pull into scale houses.
    Remember that even though you using it for personal use it is still a CMV and falls under all CMV laws.
     
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  7. 24kHotshot

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    Yea that I know.
     
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    I agree 100%
     
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    I’ve done this plenty with the fifth wheel hooked to the Ram. It was always PC. I never did maintenance while I was camping. :rolleyes:

    i did count the miles toward IFTA, it’s just easier to leave it all in there

    Parking in a campground is a case-by-case scenario. I’ve only ever seen one semi truck conversion camper, just call ahead.
     
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    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Yesish, technically you need to check with your insurance for what is required
     
  11. clausland

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    In theory, you should be able, but would you be able too, likely depends on what state and what DOT guy you run into, kinda like the fiasco of certain states only issuing one plate, but I digress. Years ago, there wouldn't be a question of "mother may I." No trailer attached = no freight being hauled, just be asked a few questions (maybe), have a nice day and on your way.

    C'mon man, here's the deal, get yourself an old truck, like the Pete in my avatar, register and insure it as "antique" or "historical" and have fun seeing the sights and hitting all the antique truck shows. It would likely run better than the modern junk anyway. Man, I wish I had the time.

    What's that you say? The G wants all trucks older than 7 years off the highways? Yeah, I guess that spoils that, but hey that's what everyone voted for right. Well, here's the deal, you can still sell your "old" truck to a MX carrier and they can still use it to transport freight in the U.S. Hey, at least you get to recoup some of your money back, just make sure you give 10% to the "big guy."
     
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