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Re: Do I need a CDL to haul my own stuff?
« Reply #60 on: January 10, 2019, 08:41:49 AM »
A lot of pipeline welders with their own rigs found out all of a sudden (the hard way >:( ??? :P ) that they needed DOT numbers around here . The states around here figured out they were leaving a lot of money on the table.

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Re: Do I need a CDL to haul my own stuff?
« Reply #61 on: January 10, 2019, 09:10:47 AM »
Since the Uni-Mog looks big, heavy, and commercial I would at least get a price on one flat-bed load hauled commercially by someone else. If the price is reasonable load as much on that load as possible.
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Re: Do I need a CDL to haul my own stuff?
« Reply #62 on: May 15, 2019, 10:13:52 PM »
Follow up on this...  I ended up getting a 14k GVWR bumper pull trailer derated to 11k to be under the 26k GVWC limit for a CDL.  I just got back from a Houston-Minneapolis-Boise-Houston trip of 4,750 miles.  I bypassed all weigh stations as they said "over 26k" or "commercial" and I didn't get stopped once.  I went thru 11 states:  TX, OK, KS, MO, IA, MN, ND, MT, ID, WY, CO, NM.  I took a combination of interstates and "shortcuts" in about 5 days of driving (950 miles/day avg) and crossed state lines at all hours of the day and night (i.e. open and closed weigh stations).  So, anecdotal evidence for sure, but I didn't get checked and I would have passed if I would have (except for the gung-ho cops who would have found the smallest thing).  I also carried bill-of-sales and titles of equipment to prove it was my own equipment.  I have 3 similar trips coming up this summer - I hope they are all as uneventful!  Except for running the diesel dry in the middle of Montana at 5am, after discovering that the low fuel light gives me about 10 miles before it conks out...  Yeah, learned that lesson real *DanG quick. 
The 60 miles of heavily wash-boarded single lane dirt road at the end would have had a commercial driver dropping the load right there, I'm sure of that.  I drove it at night since that way you can see lights coming and hold up to let them pass (didn't see a soul though).  Otherwise you're swinging wide to make the turn and at 10 mph can't get out of the way.
 


 

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Re: Do I need a CDL to haul my own stuff?
« Reply #63 on: May 15, 2019, 10:55:22 PM »
Glad to hear it was a success.  Just an observation - you need to secure your buggy using a 4pt or 4 corner method of tying it down, that right there would be enough to get pulled over going down the road.  I would also use two chains on the plow, should something happen you have twice the security of it staying on your truck. 
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Re: Do I need a CDL to haul my own stuff?
« Reply #64 on: May 16, 2019, 07:55:22 AM »
That's what everyone says, 4 chains but I read that's for 10,000 lbs. and over .

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Re: Do I need a CDL to haul my own stuff?
« Reply #65 on: May 16, 2019, 10:31:21 AM »
950 miles a day!!!  Wow!   Did you check your fuel mi.?

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Re: Do I need a CDL to haul my own stuff?
« Reply #66 on: May 16, 2019, 11:41:51 AM »
Yeah! How do you keep your log book legal with those kind of miles?
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« Reply #67 on: May 17, 2019, 05:27:58 PM »
Yes, this was right after loading.  I did throw some more chains and straps on it once I got down the road.  The guy I bought it from wanted to load it his way and was in a hurry - one of those "its how I did it once and I didn't have a problem" people so I let him do it his way.  It was in low gear with parking brake on, but still it only had one chain from keeping it rolling back which would have created a very unstable fishtailing load.  That's what worried me the most.  Would have liked more chains on the plow but saved the two others I had for the Unimog.  It had 3 heavy straps on it in addition to the chain.
Yeah, a lot of driving for sure.  I was traveling alone so I stopped and slept in the cab whenever I was tired, and drove when I wasn't.  Packed food and water with me.  That makes it very efficient.  I had a 2-day break in the middle and I definitely caught up on sleep then.  Not something you want to do for more than a couple days in a row, for sure.
No CDL = no driving log.  With a CDL you can drive 11 hours in a 14 hour work day (i.e 3 hours for fueling, checking load, doing log book, etc.) each 24 hours.  I definitely did more hours than that.

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Re: Do I need a CDL to haul my own stuff?
« Reply #68 on: May 17, 2019, 05:36:59 PM »
On fuel mileage - empty (but with 2,500lb counterweight on truck bed that you can't see) I was getting about 13 mpg.  For a heavy truck with trailer I was surprised, I only get 14 mpg (gas) with my '01 Tundra empty.  Loaded, going thru Montana with hills and a very strong headwind, I bet I was only getting 5 mpg.  I lost track.  The aerodynamics went to hell with the Unimog on there.  lol   With diesel at 2.69-3.19/gal it definitely added up...  

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Re: Do I need a CDL to haul my own stuff?
« Reply #69 on: May 17, 2019, 09:12:50 PM »
The Unimog is an impressive machine.  They are on my list of cool vehicles along with model A trucks, Willys jeeps/ pick ups, old power wagons, 79 and earlier broncos, and several cars from the late 60's.

I often wonder how the small businessman makes a go of it with all of the rules, certifications, licenses, taxes and insurance needed just to be eligible to operate.  
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« Reply #70 on: May 18, 2019, 07:58:23 PM »
I don't use mine on public roads.  The top speed of these older ones is about 45 mph empty - put the dozer blade and crane on and it's about 30 mph.  I treat it like a tractor, which is what many do - not registered, put an orange triangle on it, etc.  It can be a hassle to register them depending on the state for several reasons, starting with the VIN not having enough digits.  From what I understand, though there are varied reports/opinions, you can't import new ones into the US since they don't meet DOT and EPA.  They have to be more than 25 years old to be exempt.  A brand new one starts at around $250k in Germany so doubt I'll ever have to worry about it... lol  They sure are nice though.  You can buy a '79 like this one in the US for $10-20k (varies a lot due to condition and limited numbers of them), and you have to be prepared to do all your own work on it because there are only a few shops in the US who specialize in them.  They are very reliable and durable, but parts can be very expensive and hard to find.  


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