Transporting My house goods

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Jhill221, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. Jhill221

    Jhill221 Bobtail Member

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    Hey guys I am not a truck driver however I have bought a dry van to pack my junk in for a move out of state. I have called highway patrol about my situation and even they could not answer directly on what to do. Like huh? Anyhow I will be hiring a driver to move my goods to my new residence... can I? lol I guess I should have figured all this out before but I needed a place to pack it.
    I assume I would need tags on the trailer, insurance and a weight ticket?
    This is non commercial and I could get a dot inspection if required.

    Any info or help would be appreciated.
    Can I still write "Tool Shed" on it?
     
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  3. Naptown Muduck

    Naptown Muduck Light Load Member

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    I think you're overthinking this. Usually, you can't overload a truck with household goods, so weight shouldn't be an issue, unless your "junk" is something else. Make the truck/trailer legal. Make sure your "friend" who's driving your truck for you is covered by your insurance, and don't forget to tip your "buddy" at the end of the trip.
     
  4. Jhill221

    Jhill221 Bobtail Member

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    lol thanks for the reply not its defiantly not over loaded just garage tools mostly the weight. I don't know how weight stations work.... well now that I think they just weight to see if hes over loaded right? Thats what you're saying. I thought perhaps I had to have some type of weight ticket. Oh #### that makes me think. Should I of had a weight before I get tags? I remember having to get weights on my other trailers before I could get tags.

    If you think I'm good to go Ill slap some tags on it and have him hook on to it when hes ready. I'll get insurance for him and the trailer. Hes getting pretty good pay 1k for 8 hours there? and some beer
     
  5. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

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    If the driver owns a truck and is just pulling the trailer for you, he could probably just get insurance for an un owned trailer and pull it down the road. The cost for that is very little and he may already have it. Like $50 a year. If so, his cargo insurance would cover your belongings just like he’s pulling any other load.

    Most likely if anything happens the truck driver will be the one getting the ticket. It’s their responsibility to make sure it’s all legal and legit.
     
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  6. Jhill221

    Jhill221 Bobtail Member

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    [QUOTE="OldeSkool"[/QUOTE]
    Ok I'll ask him about that.
     
  7. Colt6920

    Colt6920 Light Load Member

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    Liability insurance should be on the driver.
    Trailers needs registration, Maine is cheap.
    Other than that make sure it's road worthy, brakes and lights work.
    Make sure the tires aren't junk.
    FMCSA annual inspection.
     
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  8. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    I just bought a trailer from a guy who did this. After it was all done he said would have been cheaper just to use a moving company. He took a loss on the trailer and repairs but got his entire house and garage moved.

    anywho, he ran into the problem when he plated the trailer with the sales tax, and then had to insure his household goods through his homeowners insurance which wasn’t happy about it and did so with a rider. This was his own decision to do, I don’t get why but he said it was needed.

    he had the trailer inspected, brake issues and repairs to the brakes were done so it was ready to go. He has contacted a large carriers agent and had it hauled from his place from texas to Michigan.
     
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  9. RocketScott

    RocketScott Medium Load Member

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    I bought a 28' trailer to move a few months ago. $1,200 trailer and about $800 to fix it up (new brakes, wheel seals, lights, roof patch...)

    Quotes from pods and uship were in the ~$3,500 range for less space, about half the space actually. If we had gone that route I would have had to load up my dump trailer with a bunch of stuff and hope my little truck would make it
     
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  10. Jhill221

    Jhill221 Bobtail Member

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    Yea I got this at a decent price. Its an older drop frame moving trailer. Plan is to use it as storage/work space till I can build a place for all the junk. Then re-sand the floors and clean it all up. Hopefully get my money back out of it +
     
  11. South of heaven

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    This is dedication! A non truck driver joining a trucking forum! Most folks look down on us and have no interest in learning what we we do.

    Good luck sir
     
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