Limit Length of trailer for non-CDL driver

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  1. DriverK

    DriverK Bobtail Member

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    Hi everyone . My question is can I pull 40 feet gooseneck trailer +RAM 350 without CDL? Is there length limit for non SDL drivers? Thank you .
     
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  3. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Medium Load Member

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    Length limit depends on what you are pulling with.
    Regular pickup truck with bed is limited to 65 feet.
    Pull off the bed and put a fifth wheel you are then a tractor and not a truck and have a 75 foot limit.
     
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  4. DriverK

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  5. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Length limit doesn't matter (in most (all?) states anyway) for CDL. It's all based on weight ratings for both the truck and trailer.
     
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  7. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    The weight limit is what controls the level of license not the lenght.
     
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  8. diamondd817

    diamondd817 Light Load Member

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    Anything over 26,000lbs GVW requires a CDL. Length doesn't matter. I've seen guys pulling 50' poker run boats behind their crew cab long bed pickup trucks and they don't need a CDL.
     
  9. ZVar

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    Actually that's only true in California. The other states can be up to 36,000 lbs.. 26,000 for the truck, and 10,000 for the trailer. One pound over on the tuck will trigger a CDL. One pound over on the trailer, if the truck is over 16,000 lbs will also trigger CDL territory.
     
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