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Old 08-31-2010, 08:26 AM   #1
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I have a good 93 single axle day cab short wheelbase CH600 Mack that is worth nothing as a truck. I was wondering how best to get set up to pull a fifth wheel trailer without breaking the bank. DMV and insurance agent are clueless. Without a bunkhouse on the back can it only be considered a commercial truck?
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:38 AM   #2
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Have you got room for a 36 or 48" sleeper? Sometimes they can be found cheap, and then you've got an easier time of registering it as an RV.

My pickup is a commercial vehicle, but at least that's just according to my insurance lady... the state hasn't figured that trick out yet. But it's just a pre-F450/550 days F-Super Duty.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:49 AM   #3
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No it is too short. It was just a tractor under a beer trailer.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:42 PM   #4
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I don't know if Texas is the same, but in MN you would just register it as a truck according to the weight rating of the chassis. Doesn't have to be a commercial vehicle. MN has "Apportioned" plates for commercial trucks. Then they have "truck" plates for anything over 3/4 ton. I would think Texas would have similar registrations. The problem you then run into is likely the chassis is rated for 33k lbs. That would then probably make it illegal to drive with a normal class D license (or whatever TX uses for their base class). In MN we can go to 26k lbs on a class D.
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I have Class A with all endorsements. I just don't want to run up against some gung ho DOT pr**k that will treat it as a commercial over the road truck and force me to buy a bunch of permits.
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can you "fake" a pickup bed?

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Old 08-31-2010, 07:35 PM   #7
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I don't think it needs a bed. Could be wrong about TX tho. MN doesn't care if there's a bed. Simply goes by weight. One of the best truck-pulling-camper forums I've seen is here: http://www.rvnetwork.com/index...e7555f1&showforum=32

Lots of info about that type of puller. I bet if you did some searching there you'd get the answer.
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Thanks, I will try that one.
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