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Old 05-31-2012, 02:52 PM   #43
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I have also done the same in the past for starters it is not considered commerical unless you are accpecting money for it and even if you are be given funds all you have to say is your buddy allowed you to borrow the rig there for no issues at hand as far as your ins. I agree there is always a risk factor at hand but I would also run it by your agent but back to the other stake at hand what the state does not know won't hurt them or you it's not commerical either way there ways around it to avoid it regardless your not required to weigh in so don't sweat it do the move and just be careful also depends on far he wants it to go and where take all into fact how big is his rig and what do you have to move it with...

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Old 05-31-2012, 06:37 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by WeatherTodd View Post
lol... I was just thinking that. Why overthink a simple situation??

I read a post on here a few months back where a gentleman made a 400 mile trip for someone as a gas money favor. It didnt turn out well as the favor soliciter left him on the hook for fuel, storage and theft.

As for the DOT auditor... guess you forgot 1 thing. RVs are not commercial vehicles and are not subject to the same regulations. Sure weight and length violations are one thing... towing a trailer/rv is completely different.
Next time you are at an RV dealer ask them if the 1-ton DRW pickup that brought the trailer from the factory has a DOT number on the side of it.

The DOT regulations are very clear as to when they become a “Commercial Vehicle” and it doesn’t require any exchange of any remuneration.

When any one of the following doesn’t apply the unit becomes a “Commercial Vehicle”.

The driver / owner must own the entire rig all of the cargo and all of it is only for his personal use.

If you are in compliance with the above statement you can drive your own 18-wheel rig without a CDL or DOT number.

I have seen many of them in truck stops. They will be marked in place of the DOT number “Not For Hire” and “Registered in (name of state) as an RV”. You will see this on race care haulers; horse haulers and 53 ft RV trailers with slide outs much bigger than the stuff you see on the average 5th wheel RV. The last time my wife and I saw these they had come from some kind of rally and had the entire diesel pumps tied up so we had to wait to get diesel. I ask one of the drivers if they had any problems with the DOT concerning the operation. The response was "not at all and we don’t go thru the weight stations".


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