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Old 10-20-2015, 01:13 PM   #21
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I've known people to replace the badges on the F350 to a F250. See it alot.
Do they not register by the VIN? You can change the badges all you want, but the VIN will show it to be a 350/3500 class vehicle.
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:15 PM   #22
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Do they not register by the VIN? You can change the badges all you want, but the VIN will show it to be a 350/3500 class vehicle.
Yes, that is true, but it is very effective in fending off the "tow police" at every KOA across America.

Some people don't want to hear about your wife's cousins neighbor's best friend getting a ticket in "some state" because they were overweight.

Just sayin
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:55 PM   #23
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Do they not register by the VIN? You can change the badges all you want, but the VIN will show it to be a 350/3500 class vehicle.

Mainly because we have alot of "NO THRU TRUCKS OVER 3/4 TON"" signs everywhere here. Some streets prohibit parking of 1 ton vehicles. On the other side, people that lifted their 3/4 ton trucks would replace the badging in the opposite way...replacing them with 1 ton badging so they wouldn't get stopped by the police all the time. At one time, there was no lift height restrictions on 1 ton vehicles. Only 3/4 ton and lower. Not sure how true that is today. I'm just goin' old school here.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:39 PM   #24
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Mainly because we have alot of "NO THRU TRUCKS OVER 3/4 TON"" signs everywhere here.
Correct, this is the reason for 3/4 vs 1 ton trucks. Some communities consider a 1 ton truck a commercial vehicle and therefore it can't be parked on a residential street... but a 3/4 ton truck can be parked on a residential street.

Lots of bridges or side roads are marked 5 tons or less GVWR. Some places don't allow heavier trucks to drive in the left lane of a multilane highway over 5K lbs.

Its an arbitrary, artificial number. Registration fees are higher if you are over 10K lbs. You are limited where you can park or drive if you are over 10K.

If you are buying new and don't have to worry about any of those regulations, it makes more sense to spend $600 more and buy a 1 ton. If you have to worry about those things, you have a decision to make.
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Guess I've lived out in the country too long. Around here (Farm and Ranch country), it's like the entire scale has shifted; 150/1500 are "cars", 250/2500 are "trucks" and 350/3500 are "heavy duty trucks". Most trucks are loaded down or have some kind of trailer attached most of the time, and there are very few places (if any) that trucks can't/don't go.

I didn't know they were so heavily regulated in some areas.
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:31 AM   #26
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They also need to drop the 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton and 1 ton description as these trucks now carry much more then that. My "3/4 ton" has a payload of over 3400 lbs so thats more then a ton and a half, twice the so called 3/4 ton designation.
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I didn't know they were so heavily regulated in some areas.
Unfortunately my job requires me to live in a more populated area and by subject to all these rules and regulations. Thankfully no HOA to restrict my abilities to park or drive in my own neighborhood.

12 years til I retire, then I will be out away from these regulations myself!
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