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  1. #11
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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    A permit service Comdata Tranciever 1-800-749-7166. They charge about $ 15.00 per permit plus the state cost - If you tow with a truck over 26,000 gvw you are obligated to stop on the scales with or without a wide load. If you tow with a pick up truck and look small have won a lottery ticket and get laid all the time luck is on your side.

    The big deal is liability - get in a small fender bender or worse - you are screwed - if you get busted for wide load they will pull you over and not let you move until you get a permit, generally requires 24-48 hours to get a permit.

    Couple of notes -
    1.Georgia will want a cert of insurance naming the state as additional
    2. Blanket permits are availible for cheap if you haul in the same area often
    3. Many permits can be gotten on line
    4. If you pull permits make sure to write direction "north" "south" etc.. or
    the permit can be rejected.
    5. Most permits are good for 5-7 days
    6. You can never pull a wide load before or after a holiday or withing big
    city limits during rush hours -

    Lots of guys pull without's really about liabilities -

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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    I don't want to start anything but . . . what if something happens and you're not in compliance? Will ins cover you?

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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    Insurance should cover, the problem is with the police or dot writing some really big tickets for not having them

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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    Brad.... you may want to call Mark Smith (Chi-Town Hustler), we went through all of this when we brought his boat to the New York poker run last year. 708-207-6555.

    I think I can remember that there is a difference between having a "wide load" banner across the back, and a "oversize load".
    The wide load I believe requires you to have a vehicle follow the trailer, where the oversize load does'nt. And I also think that with the wide load, you can't tow after dark. I don't know if that applies to the oversize load.

    We were pulled over by a state trooper in Penn. about 9:30 PM. This guy came unglued that we had the rig still on the road after dark. He followed us to the next rest area and told us to stay put till morning or he would be sending $2K worth of tickets and fines!!!

    Had we used oversize load banners instead of the wide load ones, I don't think he would've bothered us. I think that those "wide load" banners just draw way too much attention.

    Can anyone here tell the difference in the 2 about requirements?

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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    wide or oversize they are the same

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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    Frank, Bgchuby01 is correct, they are the same. I think that Penn. required us to have a tag vechicle.

    Brad, I use Jet Permit in Wisc. 800/788-0603. When are you going to Fl???


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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Zastrow
    I am towing my 10'6" MTI from Chicago to Miami. I have pulled permits for Ill, Ind, TN, KY and FL. Georgia was such a pain with ins on record I am not bothering. Towing on weekends and nights is a forbidden in almost all states. Since this is a boat used on weekends, will I get stopped? How is Georgia for my trip through the state in the next few days? I see racers towing on weekends all the time. What is the reality of towing wide loads?

    PM 42MTI, he and I just got back from Wentzville with his 42PR and we had a long discussion about this and he uses a service to get his permits. Good Luck!

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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    The use of wide or oversized load permits are restricted to daylight hours, no holiday weekends and avoid large city rush hours.

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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    I am leaving Sunday am. I Sundays. I will probably travel without the banners and lights on Sunday and plead ignorance if stopped. I will keep the night travel to a minimum. Monday will travel legal with the permits in hand and waving the flags etc. I am really getting excited about this boat. It is going to be hot. BIG power and sixes. Rigged by Extreme Marine Miami. Paint design by Grafik Effects Design. One off custom interior. One very cool feature, it will have a removeable hardtop. Race version or in five minutes it is a pleasure version.

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    Charter Member #139 /Moderator/Platinum Member Charter Member klaw's Avatar
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    Re: Hauling wide load boat, permit issues?

    Come on Brad the Chain isnt frozen over yet

    I just made the same drive hauling the Bullet a couple weeks ago.

    I need to be brought up to date are you pulling the motors out of the MTI and putting them in the new boat and what is the hull of the new one

    This will be cool you can spank Freddy again

    If you need a spot to crash for a while give me a call and you can use my place on Duck Key if no one is in it

    And send us pic as soon as you get them

    Man this will be cool


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