Like Tree0Likes

Wide Loads

Reply
Old 12-18-2011, 10:48 AM
  #11
Registered
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Conway, SC
My Boats: FOUNTAIN 38 FEVER and ADVANTAGE 28 PARTY CAT
Posts: 280
Default

I own a business that does nothing but haul oversize loads in all the states east of Texas and this is a real can of worms for a private individual with no concept of the penalties they "can" throw at you if they want to. When it comes to recreational type boats that are in excess of 8'6" in width it is really a very gray area as far as enforcement. I say gray because legally in most states anything wider than 8'6 has to have a permt, but they seldom go after the oversize recreational guy using a non commercial type tow vehicle, but the one time they do, they'll make a real believer out of you. It's just another case of they have the laws to back them up if they want to enforce them, but when it comes to the type boats and tow vehicles used by most of the people who frequent this forum, enforcement is usually a non issue. Here's a link that talks about DOT registration among other federal requirements.
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registratio...tion-USDOT.htm

Last edited by heavyhauler; 12-18-2011 at 10:54 AM.
heavyhauler is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 11:48 AM
  #12
Registered
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Murrayville Georgia
My Boats: 1970 Wesco V-drive & 1974 CEE BEE Avenger jet boat
Posts: 1,004
Default

heavyhauler is right. having dealt with it with the race boats I learned one thing. no matter the situation with the DOT, you are wrong and they are right. if you get pulled by the guy having a bad day, prepare for impound and bail money. if you get pulled by one who feels OK about your rig you may slide and go on. it is a roll of the dice and up to the guy pulling you over and as said they have the laws behind them. as of late they have threatened that any vehicle with air brakes (motorhomes, etc) have to have a CDL or face fines. your rig is a revenue source now days so do you feel lucky?
compedgemarine is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 06:39 PM
  #13
The Illustrious One
Charter Member
 
sean stinson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Internationally Famous
My Boats: Back on the dock!!!!!!!
Posts: 3,272
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by notda1 View Post
Was Mercury able to get the permits without a DOT number ? I wanted permits but with no DOT number couldn't seem to get them . Called a service and was willing to pay , just had no luck being a private carrier .
www.coast2coasttruckingpermits.com
__________________
Dying,....Is the day worth living for!!!!!!
sean stinson is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 07:11 PM
  #14
CNC
Registered
 
CNC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Ludington, Mi.
My Boats: 31 AwesomeCat
Posts: 556
Default

Sorry for stepping a little off topic...but are we supposed to stop and go through scales? I never have, no one has stopped me.
CNC is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 07:41 PM
  #15
Registered
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Bay City, MI
My Boats: Saber 28
Posts: 1,386
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CNC View Post
Sorry for stepping a little off topic...but are we supposed to stop and go through scales? I never have, no one has stopped me.
Only if your tow vehicle or trailer has a commercial plate/registration.
hotjava66 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2011, 07:54 PM
  #16
Registered
 
Catastrophe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 2,936
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hotjava66 View Post
Only if your tow vehicle or trailer has a commercial plate/registration.
Correct...same in Canada

AND I think even if it hasn't...if you have any permit ( ie overwidth or overlength)
Catastrophe is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2011, 07:06 AM
  #17
The Illustrious One
Charter Member
 
sean stinson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Internationally Famous
My Boats: Back on the dock!!!!!!!
Posts: 3,272
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by catastrophe View Post
Correct...same in Canada

AND I think even if it hasn't...if you have any permit ( ie overwidth or overlength)
You sir are correct!!!!
__________________
Dying,....Is the day worth living for!!!!!!
sean stinson is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2011, 09:55 AM
  #18
Registered
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Edgewater M.D.
My Boats: 42 Fountain 700's , 42 MTI 1000's , 42 Fountain 900's , 41 Velocity 900's , 30 Velocity 750's , 33 Fountain 630's
Posts: 832
Default

Some states are pressing that if your truck is in a company name , it's commercial
notda1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2011, 11:30 AM
  #19
Registered
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Casa De Kappy
My Boats: Doug Wright X-Cat, Howard
Posts: 349
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ciaoderhead View Post
I have a blanket permit for VA but have never been stopped. Was stopped once out of state but fortunately had permits. I think it was Alabama by a DOT officer.

I use Mercury Permits and they are very reasonable. Fill out the form and they will email you the permits. Pretty easy for the peace of mind.....
Do you have website or contact info. for this service.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sean stinson View Post
Thank you for the link just the type of information I was looking for.

The earlier comment about the DOT and the law is absolutely correct. They will ruin your year if they really want to!

It is so nice to have everything in order and not have to be fearful.... is my rig and boat at risk for impound. Definitely would suck if your going to a destination to have fun only to get your stuff taken to an impound yard.

KAP
kap328 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2011, 01:51 PM
  #20
Registered
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Richmond - Ophelia, Va
My Boats: 39' Cig Top Fish, '04 Gladiator, MTI sold, Pioneer, Cig's sold:(
Posts: 1,239
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kap328 View Post
Do you have website or contact info. for this service.

KAP
http://www.mercurypermits.net/

and they give discounts to BoatUS members
ciaoderhead is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:13 PM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.