Yanche wrote:Let me understand this drivers license thing. The ratings on my Silverado diesel pickup are:
Max trailer weight = 15,500 lbs.
Gross Combined Weight Rating = 22,000 lbs.
but with a weight distributing hitch:
Max trailer weight = 13,000 lbs
So what kind of drivers license do I need if I'm pulling max load on properly sized equipment, i.e. trailer, hitch, hitch ball size, tires, etc?
Let me make my original weight question clearer. Suppose I have my trailer unhitched. I put 10,100 lbs on it, exceeding it's rated and licensed weight capacity. Now I hitch it up and using the load compensating hitch I transfer 101 lbs. to the pickup. If I understand how a load compensating hitch works, when my hitched up trailer axles when put on an axles by axle scale it would read 9,999 lbs weigh for the trailer. Am I missing something?
I have the same truck you do with a 14,000# trailer
Your truck would have to have a Class 8 registration for GCW of 22,000# @ $405.00 per year if your trailer exceeds 10,000#
The maximum weight you can haul is ultamately based on the Per Axle weight. Each axle has a manufactures rating. If you get stopped, they will put a portable scale under each wheel. You must meet 2 criteria: under the limit for each axle per manufacture specs, and under the total Gross Combination Weight your registration allows. (weight is properly distributed, a distribution hitch helps to meet this requirement)
Your license will be required to be a Class C. Under 26,000# GCW
Now if your trailer registration is under 10,001 and you don't have the combination registration on the truck, they treat the trailer as independent and will ask you to unhook the trailer and they will weigh it seperately. This is because you do not have a Combination Registration on your truck. If you have a Combination Registration on your truck they will treat you as a combination load.
Its all about the registration you have on your truck. Your truck is probably a 9,200# registration by its self and up to 22,000# combination. You must have the combination plates to take credit for the allowable combination weight. Otherwise you are limited to a 10,000 trailer and will be weighed seperate since they are not legaly a combination load, you did not pay for that plate.
License is still Class C, under 26,000#