Chicken or the egg?

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by sabal_logistics, May 16, 2020.

  1. sabal_logistics

    sabal_logistics Bobtail Member

    Apr 23, 2020
    I just bought a new 3500 C/C truck for the business. For reasons that we don't need to go into here, I am driving it from the dealership to my home state. I will cross many states. Question is, since the truck is not in service yet (needs sleeper, 5th wheel fitment, etc.) but is in the business name, do I have to roll like an MC (DOT markings, drive service hours, stop in weigh stations and use ELD) or can i plop a "Not for Hire" marking (or no markings) on there and cruise like a civilian in his truck can?

    I should mention the truck has a GVWR of 14000# and weighs 7300# give or take.

    I should also mention that the dealership requires me to provide them a bill of lading (because it is a commercial sale). So, it is as if the company I own is shipping the vehicle to itself. Not sure if that triggers something.

    PS Yes, I realize an empty C/C truck will require new fillings in my teeth once I get home.

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  3. Slay

    Slay Light Load Member

    Jan 7, 2015
    The dealer should give you a paper tag, call and add it to you insurance then drive it home. You might need mud flaps. I would not bother to cross scales or any other signage.
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  4. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    Temp tag and insurance, don’t need markings yet, and you’ll have bill of sale showing just bought and you’re not hauling for hire, yet
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  5. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Ellensburg, WA
    It's not that bad. I drove mine around like that with no fenders or anything for a couple years when I bought it. try to keep it on clean pavement and you shouldn't have problems with rocks hitting the back. Not a bad idea to dig them out if any get stuck in the tires.

    I wouldn't worry about the other stuff as long as you have a valid temp tag and insurance info to show somebody. They'll see you drive by and realize it's a newly purchased vehicle. Trucks that size don't generally move on the ground in driveaway delivery like large truck tractors do.
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