Went to the DMV last week to transfer a tag to another truck.The lady told me my tag was only good for 700# of towing or hauling,since my truck weighed 5300#,and my tag was good for 6000#.Thats strange,since I've used the same tag for the past 4 years towing a 8000# TT.Which she informed me that if the weight men would have pulled me over to weigh my rig then I would get a ticket.I did tell her if thats the case then I'm not the only one over my tag limits.I kept the same tag,because by what she told me I would have to go too a P-tag,which cost alot more based on your max weight.Anyway what does the other states do?
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In California any truck under 8600 lbs Gross Weight is licensed as a light truck. For Medium Duty and Heavy Duty trucks you have to claim your weight and pay accordingly. If you claim to low of weight and the weight police catch you you pay a fine. The registration fees are higher the more weight capability you claim.
My truck is registered for 14,000 GVW. No placard is required. Long ago, all trucks had to be labelled, as in "UNDER 6000" or whatever. That requirement went away, I don't know when. If it IS still required, it isn't enforced, nobody has it that I have seen.
The registration on my flatbed trailer shows GVW 10,000; but the trailer GVWR is 7,000
The registration for the horse trailer shows GVW 4,000.
It has been many years since I owned a TT, so I don't know what the Montana registration would show on one of them.
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Every state is different. The only thing that matters to the OP is South Carolina law.
But the OP asked specifically "what does the other states do?"
In WA state, you can purchase a higher "GVWR" tag if you wish.. They do start you out with different weights depending on your truck.. 1500 generally = #6000, 2500 = #8000 and 3500 = #9999. Not sure what they do for the 2500/3500 series trucks that have GVWR over #10,000??
But in general, we only pay for the trucks GVW in a private situation.. RV trailer towing is not included in your trucks tag weight..
At least that's how I understand it...
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Those in NC, beware though. While a TT is exempt, a boat, utility trailer, or anything else you tow needs to have enough weight on the truck tag to cover it.
For example, my 2500 Dodge weighs around 72-7400lbs by itself + whatever I'm dragging behind me, say my 10,000lb boat on its 2500lb trailer. So my TRUCK tag needs to cover 19900 at the minimum.
The other thing that our DMV looks for is a pickup truck thats dragging the bumper from the load in the bed, lawnmower, 4 wheeler, or a load of wood.
They don't pull everyone for this, but they do look for unsafe conditions.
I have my tag rated at 23k.
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In VA, I think, the truck tag only includes the weight of the truck if you're pulling a regular trailer. If you're pulling a GN or FW then the truck tag includes the weight of the trailer. I would say that the vast majority of 2500 and 3500 truck owners are blissfully ignorant and running standard tags that are only good for 7,500 pounds. This means that a lot of them are over their tag weight empty. I don't think that RV's are exempt but I haven't checked lately. I pull trailers for work so my dually is tagged at 14,000.
Yes, the tags cost more. Yes, most people don't have a clue it's a law.
No, it isn't really enforced and everybody gets away with it.