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Idahotote and registration length?


Deezl Smoke

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I called and talked to Idahotote today about whether or not one would have to re-register their rig to a longer length if they attached a tote. They did not know as they had never been asked and have not as of yet been contacted by anyone getting a citation.

 

But if one were already close to the legal length limit for their state, and added an Idahotote, what would your opinion or experience be with regards to registration? Would it be just an accessory, or would it be considered part of the trailer?

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Because its design and its intent are to bear some sort of cargo, I can't help but think that the law in most states would deem it to be a part of the overall length of the combination.

 

The best comparable example that I can think of would be those boattail-like aerodynamic extensions that fleets are attaching to the back of their box trailers. If you search the HDT Forum, a while back Scrap posted the certification letter from, if I recall correctly, the Federal DOT, stating that it was their opinion that the device didn't count as excess length, because the design was such that it wasn't intended to support cargo, so long as no cargo was carried within it. The Idaho tote, on the other hand, is obviously designed to bear cargo, so it's hard to imagine a scenario where a LEO wouldn't draw the opposite conclusion when considering whether or not to include it in the overall length of the combination.

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Thanks Phil. I am also a bit worried, that even though it has no pivoting hitch per se', but has it's own axle etc., that the law may consider it triple towing. ?

 

It's a really cool little device for that bit of extra cargo one may to carry, but I dont think there are enough of them out on the road to get attention from the legislature. Pleading ignorant no longer works with the law, but since there is no legislation about it, perhaps as long as the leo is not a hot head, one may get away with it for a few years.

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Howdy!

 

We used a Idaho Tote for seven years of fulliming throughout the US and parts of Canada and never had a problem. We were within the legal length at 65'. I don't understand the reason you would change the registration length. There are times we would disconnect the Tote and only use the 5er. Also when we sold the 5er we sold it without the Tote. Tote was sold separately.

 

"Happy Trails"

Chiefneon

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Howdy!

 

We used a Idaho Tote for seven years of fulliming throughout the US and parts of Canada and never had a problem. We were within the legal length at 65'. I don't understand the reason you would change the registration length. There are times we would disconnect the Tote and only use the 5er. Also when we sold the 5er we sold it without the Tote. Tote was sold separately.

 

"Happy Trails"

Chiefneon

 

Therein lies the reason for y question. It is a removable item and may not always be connected. So I would hope that no added registration would be needed. But these days one has to be as sure as possible before hand or be left sitting at the side of the road with a high dollar citation and waiting for a tow truck to haul the tote somewhere. I think the tote is a great thing but it does have it's own axle which may raise questions for a greenhorn leo.

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Howdy!

 

Deezl Smoke, the only thing I did when I connected the Idaho Tote to our 5er was move the 5er licene plate to the rear of Tote as it was and extention of our 5er. As stated before towed it for seven years never looked at or questioned by any LEO and we used it I beleive in any and all of the most questionable states.

 

"Happy Trails"

Chiefneon

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Well I'd guess it boils down to two options.

Either it is a trailer and considered as a trailer with all the connotations thereof,

or it's a part of the rig (when attached) and if so it would naturally add to the length of said rig.

 

I can't see how one could have it both ways.

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