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Old 12-17-2011, 10:02 AM
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What experiences has any one had with hauling over size loads{10 feet 2inches wide) as far as not having permits.
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:41 AM
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we pull the race boat out east and down to fla all the time and Ed has never had a permit. Never really been stopped either but we almost always travel at night. Kinda tight in the toll booths though
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As an owner pulled my cat boat from MN to MD . Also towed an oversizes walk around from SC to MD . Both times tried to get permits but didn't have a DOT number and wasn't able to . In the end just went for it but , did go out of my way not to take any toll roads . At the weigh stations plan just didn't stop . Only drove sun up to sun down and no cities during rush hour . Plus had proper signs and flags displayed at all times . Made it home without any problems both times .

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Old 12-17-2011, 10:58 AM
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Its a roll of the dice. I used to be the supervisor of a Comm.Motor Vehicle Unit for a PD just outside of NYC. If you don't have permit and get stopped ride is over. If you have a permit and you are running in violations of any restrictions of the permit, same thing ride is over and permit is pulled. If you are stopped and don't have permit the rig most likely will be tow and impounded, its not worth it as permits are cheap and can be obtained by fax from each state you are travelling through. Ten foot is wide and you'll stick out like a sore thumb. There was a post on here awhile back someone getting stopped on I95 in NYC without permit and getting boat and rig impounded. If you find the post and read no one was a happy camper . Because of the width you are running, if stopped due to the libablity and law suits these days they most likely will not let you continue your trip. I would go for the permits and pice of mind.
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I yanked my 12' wide cat from Toronto to NYC for the King of the Hudson run.

Permited all the way.
Toll booth lineups through " Wide Load " booth was scary.
So was every construction site on the highways, with concrete barriers inches away from the fibreglass.

I prearranged police escort on outskirts of Newark thank God cuz the wide load route to the launch area was on streets with parked cars and trucks everywhere.
The police were great guys and I had them bring their kids to the event the next day to hang around and look at all the boats.
Newark PD charged me 190.00 in and same out , but it was well worth it.

I travel to NYC by car in 8.5 hours. That trip took 14 because I had to wait at bridges to be escorted across alone.
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I hauled for six years and was stopped three times. No tickets, but a couple lectures. Ny to Fl numerous times and Ny to Ky numerous times.
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We pull a 10'2" pontoon a few times a year.the permit is a rider on the insurance policy and only good for a certain rout in our case toledo to sanduskey bay
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Originally Posted by Clustergear
Its a roll of the dice. I used to be the supervisor of a Comm.Motor Vehicle Unit for a PD just outside of NYC. If you don't have permit and get stopped ride is over. If you have a permit and you are running in violations of any restrictions of the permit, same thing ride is over and permit is pulled. If you are stopped and don't have permit the rig most likely will be tow and impounded, its not worth it as permits are cheap and can be obtained by fax from each state you are travelling through. Ten foot is wide and you'll stick out like a sore thumb. There was a post on here awhile back someone getting stopped on I95 in NYC without permit and getting boat and rig impounded. If you find the post and read no one was a happy camper . Because of the width you are running, if stopped due to the libablity and law suits these days they most likely will not let you continue your trip. I would go for the permits and pice of mind.
Thats really good info.... thanku... If the trailer is tilted, do u still need a permit, or is it still a good idea to get one anyway, to avoid any issues?...
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:56 PM
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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.....
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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 .
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