Not for hire commercial truck?

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  1. 1catfish

    1catfish Road Train Member

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    can i buy an 18 wheeler and use it for "not for hire" without a cdl or med card or vice versa?
     
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  3. 54international

    54international Bobtail Member

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    no

    commercial weight requires medical and license
     
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  4. Ridgeline

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    Register it as an RV or in some states as a personal vehicle, and have fun.

    The question is what will insurance cost?
     
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  5. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    That’s not entirely true. It depends on where they live and what they’ll be using it for.
     
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  6. Saltyoldone

    Saltyoldone Light Load Member

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    If you remove the commercial hitch and replace it with a RV 5th wheel hitch and the weight of the vehicle loaded is less then 26,001 pounds. Most states will let you register it as a truck. You will still have to pay attention to scale signage. If it states all vehicles over 10000 pounds must weigh that’d be you. That is why people place “personal RV not for commercial use” on the doors. It lets the port of entry officers know you are not commercial.
     
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  7. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

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    Not for hire has no legal meaning.

    Any use for any commercial purpose makes it a commercial vehicle. According to the DOT, that includes pulling your horse trailer to a rodeo where you might win something.
     
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  8. Grouch

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    For several years I drove a private bus for a company, never kept a log, never crossed a scale, never was required to take a DOT physical(although the company required it) and you want to know how we got by? The bus was registered in North Carolina as a RV. Now, as far as being used for business, it certainly was. The bus was used to entertain customers and for the executive staff to travel in.
     
  9. Ridgeline

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    Which is illegal, if it is used for commercial purposes, then it is a commercial vehicle in most of the states.

    I get people get away with it, we have farm trucks taking loads on load boards here, they have been busted for by the state a few times and one has been bold enough to continue to do it under HOS exemptions.
     
  10. Grouch

    Grouch Road Train Member

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    Could been "illegal", but several trips I remember, we would go to D.C. and entertain a "top brass" with the FMSCA and a few trips to Raleigh, NC for the CEO to have tea with the Governor. When I accepted this job, I was told by the CEO, "never worry about a traffic ticket, I will pay the fine and I have enough "clout" that no points will ever be put on your DMV."
     
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  11. Judge

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    Missouri would grab you, got signs at scales “Buses Must Enter”
     
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