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Old 10-24-2011, 06:19 PM
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A downside I could see to lettering your truck is if your town does not allow you to park commercial vehicles in your residential driveway.

Have any of you ever had a problem with this?
Are you serious a law saying you can't park your work truck in your home driveway
Like were do these people live USSR
Man that is scary. I hope your just kidding?????
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To Ducke, he's not kidding. Not every city or town has a law like that but some do. The excuse is that a commercial vehicle takes away from the residential look...the real reason is the revenue generated by fines so they can have more money to waste.

A lot of times you see neighborhood Associations pass a rule like this. They want to make every house look the same basically. My buddy lives in one that has rules from no fences unless it's a white post fence to no more than 5 bushes in front of the house, to the color of mulch they can use.
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To Ducke, he's not kidding. Not every city or town has a law like that but some do. The excuse is that a commercial vehicle takes away from the residential look...the real reason is the revenue generated by fines so they can have more money to waste.

A lot of times you see neighborhood Associations pass a rule like this. They want to make every house look the same basically. My buddy lives in one that has rules from no fences unless it's a white post fence to no more than 5 bushes in front of the house, to the color of mulch they can use.
Yea Saber you're right. My town has some similar ordinances. We're allowed to have one commercial vehicle in the driveway, but if you have more than one, it's a violation.
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And with that being the case, I wonder how the township would handle a truck and enclosed trailer all lettered up with business information? Would that count as one or two commercial vehicles?
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I live in a condo, the association wont let me park my enclosed trailer in the parking lot. So I park it in the street right in front of the building. lol. So instead of being hid in the lot its in the open.

Then the property group that manages the condos hired me for snow removal for a apartment complex across town. I wanted this property since the contractors last year sucked. My fiance fell twice when she was pregnant.
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A downside I could see to lettering your truck is if your town does not allow you to park commercial vehicles in your residential driveway.

Have any of you ever had a problem with this?
That's something I hadn't considered. It's possible, however not as likely as some other ideas mentioned.


According to the rules for operating a business from my home, I'm not allowed to park "commercial vehicles" at my home.
I didn't ask what they meant, but assume they mean heavy equipment, although I suppose it could mean "dump truck" as well.


Personally, I don't have an issue with this, as I would be pissed if some slob started a business next door to me and crapped up the neighborhood with all sorts of unsightly "crap". Some people can be trusted to handle themselves in a professional manner - it's those who can not who bring about these "laws".
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And with that being the case, I wonder how the township would handle a truck and enclosed trailer all lettered up with business information? Would that count as one or two commercial vehicles?
In my case, I believe trailers are not in the same category. I've had code enforcement officers on my block and they never said anything about my truck/trailer combo.
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I don't have lettering on my outfit, but that's because I was told (by a misinformed individual) that If I put lettering on my truck I would need a D.O.T number. However, that is not the case, and I need D. O. T. numbers anyway.

I guess one would not letter if they were trying to keep their personal auto instead of commercial auto, if they have an ordinance against having commerical vehicles in driveway, or if they do a really crappy job, and don't want anyone to know who they are.

And if you don't have business liablity insurance, get it! What if you put a rock through someones sliding glass door, hit someone in the eye with a rock, or worse yet, hit something that goes into the road and causes an accident, and even kills someone. You will be done. W/out insurance, you could loose everything.... even your home. It's the best few hundred dollars you will spend to cover yourself.
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I don't have lettering on my outfit, but that's because I was told (by a misinformed individual) that If I put lettering on my truck I would need a D.O.T number. However, that is not the case, and I need D. O. T. numbers anyway.
What is the situation with the D.O.T. number? When is it or isnt it needed?
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You need a D.O.T. number if your more than 10,000 lbs gvw. My chevy 1/2 ton is 4,600 lbs, and my tandem axle trailer is 7,000 lbs. That's a combined total of 11,600 gvw. Its the total of the gvw, which is what you could haul, not what it weighs. They are free to get.
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