Novice Question on GVWR

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by kl9, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. kl9

    kl9 Bobtail Member

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    I’m hoping to get some help on whether my understanding of this concept is correct. My situation is this: I need to haul a 23k pound dozer. Do to that, I need a truck that has a GCWR of at least the weight of the truck itself + trailer + dozer + misc other items. In terms of the trailer, I need a trailer that has a GVWR of at least the weight of the trailer itself + weight of dozer. Are these statements/understanding correct?

    Anything else I should know?
     
  2. ChaoSS

    ChaoSS Road Train Member

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    Those are basically correct, but you do have the CDL to drive that truck, right?
     
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  3. x1Heavy

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    23K load on a tractor trailer properly equipped to haul it is not that bad. You can put upwards of 45000+ onto a 18 wheeler depending on what your empty weight is.

    As ChaoSS states, you will need a CDL for that rig for sure.

    The only thing left is securement of that dozer. There is a certain amount that will need to be put on that thing. And you also potentially have to consider oversize, if it exceeds the deck space and or height you have a another can of worms to deal with.
     
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  4. kl9

    kl9 Bobtail Member

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    No I will be having someone else with a CDL move it.
     
  5. ChaoSS

    ChaoSS Road Train Member

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    If you are buying a truck and employing a driver make sure you know what all goes into owning and operating a truck and employing a driver. It's simpler if you are staying in state and only hauling your own stuff but there are rules and you don't want to be screwing up.

    I'll leave that for someone else to give you details, I'm a driver not an owner.
     
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  6. kl9

    kl9 Bobtail Member

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    This is my plan. What should I look into?
     
  7. ChaoSS

    ChaoSS Road Train Member

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    I would suggest asking in the owner section of this board, but if you are staying in state you can probably get the info from your states DOT. Some states have their own version of a motor carrier permit/number. You may need a driver qualification file, drug tests, record keeping requirements for the truck and the drivers time keeping requirements, etc.

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    If you a commercial insurance agent, some of them can be good at helping with those sorts of requirements. Sorry I can't tell you exactly what you will need.
     
  8. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    sounds like a huge expence why not just hire some contractor to haul your equipment? Unless you will constantly be moving lots of your equipment regularly the cost of buying the truck and trailer far out weigh the need.
     
  9. kl9

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    I will likely go this route, but am considering my options. I’m also considering purchasing a trailer for it to stay with and then a truck could just come hook up to it
     
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