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Old 06-05-2018, 04:50 PM
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When I was about 19 I bought a used pickup truck, and when I went to register it they wanted to know the Gross Vehicle Weight. This was not something the asked for with cars.
I wonder why they wouldn't have something like that listed somewhere. As long as it isn't modified, it's going to weigh the same as other trucks of the same model.

For that matter, when I owned a truck many moons ago, I was never asked. I guess Desert Hell doesn't care... or else they already know what a C-10 weighs.
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:52 PM
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So there was a little bitty 1974 Ford Courier parked on a scale designed to weigh semis.
I know people who have used those scales to weigh race cars. So here is a tiny little thing made out of steel tubes and fiberglass panels, sitting on a semi-trailer scale.

I think one guy even did a front/rear weight check, though I'm less sure on that.
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Old 06-05-2018, 10:08 PM
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With (pickup) trucks, the GVW is used, in part, to determine the fees to soak you with. Registered as a TRUCK, it's something to haul things and (OMG!) make money, so they fee the hell out of it. Now if it gets registered the same as a CAR (yes, it van be done*) the cost is much less. The catch is that a car-registered truck can't have toolboxes and such in the bed.
heh. for extra fun, I know where there's a trio of P&H cranes with 12, 50 and 140 TON capacities, all registered in California, for ~$100 each. Again, they get away with it as they cannot carry any cargo.
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Old 06-06-2018, 04:07 PM
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Old 06-07-2018, 01:03 PM
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In the state I lived in when I bought that pickup, there were three kinds of license plates:
the standard plate (aka "passenger plates") for a privately owned vehicle for personal use.
Commercial Plates, for vehicles owned by a business or private vehicles used exclusively for work. These said "COMMERCIAL" where the state motto usually went, and were a different color (red-on-white instead of white-on-blue)
Combination Plates, for privately owned vehicles used partly for work and partly for personal use. Again, said "COMBINATION" right on them, again a different color (blue-on-white).

Pickup trucks could only have those last two kinds, as my father found out to his surprise. He had bought a 1971 Toyota Hilux (in about 1980) because it was simply the cheapest used car at the dealer. The folks at the DMV were unmoved by his pointing out that it would be of no use in his job as a university professor.
Also, he had to stop using his varoite shortcut on his commute, because "no trucks" meant any vehicles with Commercial or Combination plates.
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Old 06-08-2018, 07:36 PM
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With (pickup) trucks, the GVW is used, in part, to determine the fees to soak you with. Registered as a TRUCK, it's something to haul things and (OMG!) make money, so they fee the hell out of it.
That's exactly why they do it. It's easy money for the state. Here in PA, if you buy a pickup, you'll get hit with extra fees...and an additional sticker on your windshield. I'm sure you have to pay a bit more for the "truck" license plates as well. What can I say, other than my state invented red tape
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:19 AM
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Good grief, I don't think we do that in AR, but the last time I had a pick-up, it was a 1980 Ford Courier. Loved that little pick-upable truck!

OT, I just... no. I may know where my kid's butt has been, but not where other people's packages have! And ugggghh, have I had some very dirty packages delivered.
If I make no sense, I apologize. I'm constantly interrupted by an actual toddler.
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