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Old 08-11-2004, 01:28 PM   #1
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We buy a big truck to pull our trailers, but have we bought too big of a truck? I just ran across this article where many of the vehicles discussed here are prohibited on many roadways. Anyway, food for thought! I await your comments.
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:35 PM   #2
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......I await your comments.
In the first place, it's California, so does it really count?

Second, the sign clearly states "Gross Weight".........

Just drop the trailer and pump most of your fuel down the drain before you enter......you should be OK.
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We buy a big truck to pull our trailers, but have we bought too big of a truck? I just ran across this article where many of the vehicles discussed here are prohibited on many roadways. Anyway, food for thought! I await your comments.
This issue is definded based on the license tags on our vehicles. My van is considered an automobile since I have passenger vehicle plates. Ordinances prohibiting trucks are not applicable to me because of this.

Pickups are always considered trucks. SUV's can be licensed either as auto's or trucks.

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This issue is definded based on the license tags on our vehicles. My van is considered an automobile since I have passenger vehicle plates. Ordinances prohibiting trucks are not applicable to me because of this.

Pickups are always considered trucks. SUV's can be licensed either as auto's or trucks.

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that's not "universal". you can get passenger plates on a 1/2 ton pickup in MA. used to have to have "commercial" plates, but not anymore.
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:07 PM   #5
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Gee Andy Bowers (the writer of this) isn't a little bit of a biased person is he?

What a crock. That won't last long. You can get a soccer mom to sign up blindly for green peace or save the local honey toad in the woods she never goes to but your will have to pry the keys from her cold dead french fry greased hands to take away her Suburban.
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In reading the article I did notice a wee bit of bias

I would agree that the 6K limit is being "messed" with regarding the IRS rules, etc. One of the vehicles listed is 6005 LBS??? I have no problem with exploiting the tax laws for my benefit as long as I am not going to get in trouble for it. If the state DOT says 6000 LBS and over and I am running my 6005 LB Gross wt. vehicle with me and my bride in it with a bag of groceries I am under the weight IMHO.

I would like to see the court case if an officer tried to enforce that law on a vehicle that had a curb weight under the limit, but "could" carry up to the limit. If I were the stopee, I would demand a DOT portable scale before I accept the ticket. But that is just me
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