Mud flap fix legality.

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  1. Harry Flashman

    Harry Flashman Light Load Member

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    I know some trailers run their mudflaps on the DOT bumper, but I saw something rather strange today.

    A Standard 53’ Dry Van

    Guy had a mudflap that was torn out of its hanger (the hanger was all bent and messed up). He fastened it to the DOT bumper with zip ties. The other mudflap on the other side was undamaged and normally fastened to the hanger.

    I’m wondering if that’s legal and If I can do that temporarily in the future, as I have from time to time backed into potholes and curbs and messed up my mudflap. It’s usually happens at the worst of times when I don’t have the time to properly fix it.
     
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  3. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    depends on the state. some states dont have mudflap laws
     
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  4. Harry Flashman

    Harry Flashman Light Load Member

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    I was looking up the rules myself, although I have not extensively studied each one, most of the state laws talk about a splash guard behind the rearmost wheel.

    Seems vague enough to allow attaching it to the bumper with zip ties.

    Just fishing to see if anyone else has done this before.
     
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  5. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    I’ve seen many trailers with mud flaps behind the DOT bumper and a gap of about 6 feet from the tire. How does this make any sense? Also, the very high mud flaps that are like 2 feet from the ground on many dump trucks. Hahaha.
     
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  6. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Light Load Member

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    "Just caught that on my in transit inspection about an hour ago Officer. Zip tied it to the bumper so I could get down the road to have it replaced properly." That statement should be sufficient.
     
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  7. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    how it's attached will be a problem. zip ties ? probably not legal because of liability if it flew off and damaged another vehicle
     
  8. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    I seen a guy stick a child's crazy carpet (for sliding down snowy hills) onto the back of his trailer with vice grips o_O
     
  9. kidz bop

    kidz bop Light Load Member

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    what state you live in?
     
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  10. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    I don't know about the book.

    What I was told. From previous employers. They had to simply cover the top half of tire. Includes rim and hub.

    I don't remember any distance off hand.
     
  11. RDBG

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    You ever back a dump truck up to a paver you'd understand why.
     
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