Need a straight answer on GVWR

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Nicoman123, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Nicoman123

    Nicoman123 Bobtail Member

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    ill keep this short and sweet.

    My truck has a GVWR of 14000lbs

    My trailer has a GVWR of 15000lbs

    Do i need a CDL to simply hook up and operate the truck and trailer? Even if i am hauling nothing at all?
     
  2. 6wheeler

    6wheeler Road Train Member

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    No
     
  3. Nicoman123

    Nicoman123 Bobtail Member

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    OK, so with that being said how much weight will I be able to haul without a CDL?
     
  4. Nicoman123

    Nicoman123 Bobtail Member

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    Basically as long as I stay under the 26,000 pounds of combined weight correct?
     
  5. Doing_flatbed_nc

    Doing_flatbed_nc Medium Load Member

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    I met a hot shot f-250 driver yesterday at my delivery and asked him some questions.

    To my surprise, he was an employee. His boss owned the truck and trailer.

    2nd, he didn't have a CDL but he did have ELDs.

    He had a tandem axle 40ft goose neck. He wasn't sure how much he could gross on his truck axle or trailer.

    Basically, he depends on his boss to do him right.

    He has to pay for fuel.

    Weird stuff.
     
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  6. Nicoman123

    Nicoman123 Bobtail Member

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    Yeah, I’m in it for myself personally .

    I just got confused with the GVWR

    Always thought a combined GVWR, “meaning truck and trailer could not exceed 26,000 pounds “. (GVWR)
     
  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Your gvwr is 29000#. It dosen't go by how much weight you haul but how much weight it is rated for. Any combination over 26000# or a trailer over 10000# requires a class a cdl.
    Class A: Any combination of vehicles which has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more) whichever is greater, inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) whichever is greater.
     
  8. Expeditor

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    I would say yes. Had a friend that had a box truck rated at 33K, she had it registered for 26K , to stay under CDL. She got stopped in OH and was told she needed CDL because truck was RATED for 33K. She was told she could be arrested for driving a CDL truck without CDL. She was not arrested but could not drive the truck away without a CDL driver. She eventually got her CDL and registered the truck with IRP max 33K.
     
  9. Nicoman123

    Nicoman123 Bobtail Member

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  10. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    Yes, It's not what you weight, it's what you are capable of weighing.
     
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