I've been shopping around for a older John Deere, (especially a LA), Ford 3000 or a Farmall Cub tractor. I have reason for wanting each and have found several in Tennessee. Thinking ahead, I called the Tennessee Highway Patrol office and told them: I'm looking at buying a tractor in Tennessee and wanted to find out the requirements for hauling a tractor on a flat bed trailer back to Alabama.
Here's what the state trooper office said: Just secure it to the trailer so there no forward or backward motion while being towed.
I asked: There's no requirement that I need one tie down per corner?
He said: No, just make sure it's secured to the trailer.
I asked: can I used the appropriate size ratchet type web straps, one on each end?
He replied: Yes, if that secures it to the trailer. As long as you have the trailer registered in Alabama, you'll be all right in Tennessee.
Well almost all of that contradicted what I thought was right so I called the Tennessee DOT and told them the same: I'm looking at buying a tractor in Tennessee and wanted to find out the requirements for hauling a tractor on a flat bed trailer back to Alabama.
DOT reply: You're required to use a chain on each corner, that will be 4 per tractor. Any piece of equipment laying on the trailer, plows, etc will require two chains.
I asked: can I use the ratchet type web straps in place of chains?
DOT reply: No, only chains rated for the load are permitted. And each tie down point requires a separate chain. A long continuous chain tying down one side and extending across to the other side is not permitted.
I said: That's completely different than what the State Trooper office told me.
DOT reply: (Laughing) yeah, you're not the first one to tell me that. They don't know anything about transportation requirements and would not inspect your trailer unless you were involved in an accident or a moving violation. Our department will be notified if a trailer is involved and we'll make the appropriate decisions once they contact us.
I'm glad I called because I had intended to use my ratchet straps. I will now have to buy chains and binders / booms instead.