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    Trailer Needed

    What size trailer would be needed to legally haul, in Michigan, produce bulk crates or a JD 5200 with an attachment? I have a 1 ton truck. Not familiar with loading laws.

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    Personally, I would call your local state police post, DOT, or vehicle enforcement office. Whatever anyone says here doesn't matter in a court of law.
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    Machine weighs under 5000 pounds per specs. If you double it you're trailer needs are still under 10,000. Providing your total truck and trailer combo does not get registered for anything over 26,000 you are good to go if under your personal name. I recall a business has a different criteria under commercial regs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TickTock View Post
    Personally, I would call your local state police post, DOT, or vehicle enforcement office. Whatever anyone says here doesn't matter in a court of law.
    This is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaver Cove Deere View Post
    Machine weighs under 5000 pounds per specs. If you double it you're trailer needs are still under 10,000. Providing your total truck and trailer combo does not get registered for anything over 26,000 you are good to go if under your personal name. I recall a business has a different criteria under commercial regs.
    Truck is a farm truck. Used to move equipment to repair shop or favors for friends. It takes product to local markets and if I recall my farm plate sheet specifies that's fine. Truck has an 8x12 wood flatbed but may be changed in the next year to 10' steel. I believe that's under 10,000#

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    No, No you never do favors for friends. If you do it requires a DOT # and different insurance. You only haul your stuff and are not for hire or loan. It's just a farm vehicle for hauling your farm stuff. If it's not licensed, like tractors etc. it's yours if anyone cares to know.

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    You haul anything for anyone else across a state line you are in DOT land and need a number and insurance
    if the combination of truck and trailer has the CAPACITY to haul 10,001 lbs you are in DOT land and need a number and insurance

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registrati...usdot-number-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by TickTock View Post
    Personally, I would call your local state police post, DOT, or vehicle enforcement office. Whatever anyone says here doesn't matter in a court of law.
    This is the only post in this thread that should be heeded. Anything else should be considered inaccurate, incomplete, or flat-out wrong.

    Check with State Police, the DMV/RMV, your local (insert truck brand here) dealer (for tow capacity info), AND anyone else that could have a hand in ticketing / fining you for doing it wrong. You might even want to lob a call to your insurance company to ask about the qualifications for commercial insurance as that will help you understand the lines that are drawn between consumer and commercial use, too.
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    Plates here for commercial vehicles are between $1200 & $2000. That's insane. Then you need a special license on top of that. That's why I try and stay inside the rules of farm plates.
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    Finally found what I was looking for, my truck is well within legal limits as would a trailer.
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