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Bought our Ram 3500 diesel dually heavy duty (BAT= BigAssTruck) new in 2012. Purchased in Elmhurst, Il.  & during purchase there was some discussion between employees/phone calls to determine "class".  This vehicle was a one of a kind & we were told we had "great timing as they never have equivalent vehicles on the lot'.    It was registered as "F" on the plates.  Fast forward just over 2 years from purchase & hubby was stopped by LEO in Downers Grove for failure to display our inspection sticker.  What inspection sticker?  Turns out "F" plates require inspection every 6 months: lights; safety; flares; etc.  We have been camped near IDENTICAL trucks purchased elsewhere in the state with NO F status.

Hoping our inspection next month will be the LAST!!!  And we'll be gone & registered in Livingston by end of May.  I know I could call to Livingston for clarification but does anyone have knowledge on this?  Is there any sort of equivalent class class since we'll be coming in with IL title as an F?  

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The best I can figure out is that the class of vehicle in Illinois is based on registered weight. There is no special "class" for personal vehicles, in Texas, such as you have in Illinois. The registration amount ($$) will be based on the registered weight. Depending on the GVWR of your truck and trailer you MAY need a Class A drivers license though. 

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7 hours ago, wrenchhead30 said:

In Illinois anything(trucks and trailers) registered over 10,001# plates (D,E,F,G)requires an inspection every 6 months and has to have safety equipment!!

One of my memories of growing up in Illinois is the roadside signs that said, "Cars towing trailers restricted to truck speeds." Our little pop-up trailer was a truck? Plus, I always thought having different speeds for different types of vehicle just made for traffic jams. "Look, ma, we're leading a parade!"

Linda

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I have no issue with reduced speed limits for trailers. The speed limits are way to high in many states. I wouldn't want my 42 foot fiver to be rolling down the road at 75 MPH! At that speed just a few seconds of inattention could be a disaster!

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7 hours ago, whj469 said:

I have no issue with reduced speed limits for trailers. The speed limits are way to high in many states. I wouldn't want my 42 foot fiver to be rolling down the road at 75 MPH! At that speed just a few seconds of inattention could be a disaster!

I have no problems with lower speed limits. I have a problem with the discrepancy in limits for various types of vehicles. I think it encourages the one with faster limits to take chances passing the ones with lower limits.

Linda Sand

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16 minutes ago, whj469 said:

I agree but highways like the New Jersey Turnpike were the trucks are limited to the right two lanes seem to work well.

Yes, we liked that feature as well. But many highways in Illinois are only 2-lane to start with. Driving our motorhome to visit my Dad was not fun.

Linda

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