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is there a good website that shows a comparison of the towing capacity/ gvrw for the top 3 dodge, chevy, ford

differences between 3/4 and 1 ton dually and srw and different years...

or if somebody has a list

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They are all close and what will make a difference is how each vehicle is equip. You can go to each manufacture to find out what a new vehicle can be set up for. But if you combination of GVWR and trailer capacity exceed 26000 lbs you will become a CDL. In many states today tandem duals on a trailer is all it takes to be pulled over and get a ticket. We went to singles and down rated the axles to 7000 lbs each just to stay under the limit.
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CDL stands for Commercial Drivers Liscense. If you are driving a vehicle pulling a trailer and both are registered in your name and you are not using it for business purposes, it can be as big as you want it to be. As long as it is registered as a private vehicle, nothing they can do.

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CDL stands for Commercial Drivers Liscense. If you are driving a vehicle pulling a trailer and both are registered in your name and you are not using it for business purposes, it can be as big as you want it to be. As long as it is registered as a private vehicle, nothing they can do.
Wrong, just get caught and you will find out.
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In Ca, if you go over 10K GVW on you trailer then at minimum you will need a non-commercial class A. So RWS31 it does matter what you do when you are on public roads. Just because you aren't a business doesn't mean you can tow anything you want. Sorry.
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is there a good website that shows a comparison of the towing capacity/ gvrw for the top 3 dodge, chevy, ford

differences between 3/4 and 1 ton dually and srw and different years...

or if somebody has a list

let me know what you got or if this has already been covered on this forum
To get all that info onto one web site would be a huge undertaking. With all the different configurations, upgrades throughout the years, it would be a full time job to compile all that info. The best bet is to just find the weights for the specific vehicles you are interested in.

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Wrong, just get caught and you will find out.
Doesn't matter to me, Fl doesn't have the non commercial liscence crap and I have a Class A.

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is there a good website that shows a comparison of the towing capacity/ gvrw for the top 3 dodge, chevy, ford

differences between 3/4 and 1 ton dually and srw and different years...

or if somebody has a list

let me know what you got or if this has already been covered on this forum
Ford is generally ahead "on paper" for towing with pickups. Ford tends to rate their trucks more liberally than GM. The thing you have to watch out for with Ford is that their trucks also weigh more than GM trucks, so payload is reduced by their empty weight.

If I were building a late model truck to tow, I would go with Dodge or GM based on their superior diesel engines and transmissions they offer ( 6 speed allison or 6 speed 68RE versus 5 speed Ford). The Dodge offers a factory exhaust brake and the GM offers manual paddle shifter on their Allison. Ford offers none of these options. GM & Dodge diesels also offer more TQ/HP down low in RPM range where you need it. IMO, Ford's last 2 diesel engines are not as good as the Cummins or DMAX based on reliability, HP/TQ and changing diesel engines so much..

Ford does offer some impressive towing specs, but make sure you read and check things for yourself and ask guys who tow for a living. All the shed delivery and hotshot guys around me with newer trucks seem to use GM or Dodge. GM for the dmax/ally/11.5" rear and Dodge for the Cummins/ex brake incredible torque.

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Doesn't matter to me, Fl doesn't have the non commercial liscence crap and I have a Class A.
Do you keep a log? Remember when you signed for those books when you got your Class A CDL (one for just a CDL and two if you have a HAZMAT endorsement? You signed the signature page and returned it to the DMV and they keep it. If you read what you signed it said you have read and understand the regulation within. The will except no excuses from a CDL holder and you and I are responsible for keeping up with all the changes. For all the States we operate in.

I am glad to see California being proactive in control of large vehicle. I see too many vehicle not being operated safely.
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Do you keep a log? Remember when you signed for those books when you got your Class A CDL (one for just a CDL and two if you have a HAZMAT endorsement? You signed the signature page and returned it to the DMV and they keep it. If you read what you signed it said you have read and understand the regulation within. The will except no excuses from a CDL holder and you and I are responsible for keeping up with all the changes. For all the States we operate in.

I am glad to see California being proactive in control of large vehicle. I see too many vehicle not being operated safely.

Your kidding, right. I have to keep a log driving my own vehicle registered to me across the country. I think not. Just because I have a CDL, not a non commercial-commercial drivers liscence, does not mean that I have to maintain a log to travel. I drove my truck, 25,500 gvw, pulling my trailer, 21K gvw, all over the country and have been stopped and have never been ask to see a log. Now when I had my own business, a trucking business, and was driving one of them, logs were required.
Several years ago I moved a friend to Merced Ca. from Fl using one of my 4700's pulling a 48ft enclosed trailer both registered to my company. I got pulled over going down the Grapevine, speeding and in the wrong lane, I just plain old wasn't paying attention to the signs. The CHP officer ask me what I was doing and I told him, going home from moving a friend to Merced. Gave him the registration and he ask for a log book. Told him I didn't have a log book cause I borrowed the truck and trailer to move a friend. He was so beffuddled he let me go and didn't write me a ticket for anything. Still can't believe it to this day.

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