Vacationing in a tractor-trailer

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by choo choo train, May 19, 2007.

  1. sano

    sano Bobtail Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    From what I understand the law regarding Toterhomes varies from state to state. My former work has a Toterhome registered as an RV to haul race cars, and is regularly driven by the crew chief with his class D in Indiana. However, they got a $3000 ticket in Illinois for no CDL, logbook, the works.
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  3. Burky

    Burky Road Train Member

    If the race car is run in any kind of a for profit mode, then technically, it is not a motorhome. If you carry T-shirts to sell that support the racing operation, then it is not a motorhome. Basically, unless it is pulling a car that will be run for absolutely nothing more than a trophy, it becomes a commercial vehicle and is subject to all the rules and regulations controlling that.

    Doing anything that breaches the line between a purely amateur sport endeavor, and any kind of activity that has the potential to make a profit, however slight, or doing retailing of any kind, and the line between a motorhome and a commercial vehicle is crossed.
  4. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Also, the fifth wheel type hitches used for that are a little bit smaller than those found on class 8 trucks.
  5. buck and a half

    buck and a half Mr. Miles & Miles with Many Smiles

    Aug 11, 2006
    Something tells me you've got way too much time on your hands,now get to work and keep that mind from dreaming up tt motor homes. just kidding,I think?
  6. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 17, 2006

    Just remember that the only way he can do what he wants with his own truck when it comes to the DOT is to never leave his own private property. Once it goes on a public road the DOT regs kick in. For example the DOT regs state that simply being in the drivers seat of a CMV gives law enforcement the right to stop you and check seat belt, blood alcohol, etc.

    Yes, fully legal just like if they were hauling freight. The DOT will tell you that they don't know if he is just dead heading to his next load.

    He'll have to have license on truck and trailer, Class A CDL, authority, log book, IFTA, and stop at scales, just like if he was hauling freight.

    My brother bought another used truck, private party sale, and was bobtailing it home with the bill of sale. Every thing else was legal as far as the paper work goes. He still got pinched by the DOT because of some technicality on the paper work.
  7. choo choo train

    choo choo train Light Load Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Now that's exactly the answer I was looking for. Thank you.......
  8. mike_scungio

    mike_scungio BANNED - Pro1Driver

    May 20, 2007
    I have seen a few class 8 rigs that were converted to motorhomes. They would be a Peterbuilt truck with a single axle and a stretched frame. You could blow by scales then as it would be a motorhome or camper registerd that way in your home state.
  9. Tag

    Tag Light Load Member

    May 30, 2007
    Sugar Land, TX
    If I had money to burn and tour the nation, I'd do it on a Newell Coach. :)
  10. Steve & Lo

    Steve & Lo Medium Load Member

    May 22, 2007
    Not to mention.....It's hard to get a "Truckers Point of View" if you don't have a load....and a customer waiting on it. Like you load....Just a tourist. Not a trucker. Leave the truck @ home and get in the Provost.
  11. jbc

    jbc Light Load Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    Eastern US
    There is so much misinformation in this thread I just felt compelled to respond.

    I use a Volvo 770 to pull my 5th wheel rv trailer. It is registered as a motorhome. I am not required to have a CDL. The rear has been singled but that was not required for the motorhome registration. It was done to make the truck less harsh on the trailer. I also have an air ride hitch on the trailer. There are many folks pulling rv's with both rear axles still intact and are registered as motorhomes.

    The pin on 5th wheel rv trailer is the same size as on commercial trailers. I have the original Holland hitch on my Volvo and my trailer pin fits perfectly.

    My truck is a non-commercial vehicle. I do not stop at scales, carry a log, or comply with HOS. I've never been pulled over for bypassing a scale.
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