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DOT restrictions on straight truck length

Discussion in 'Truck Talk' started by woobergoober, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. woobergoober

    woobergoober Expert Expediter

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    Hello,

    Was hoping to get some insight from somebody in the know. I have a 2004 Ford F 650 with a 28 foot box. I am currently working for a company in Michigan doing local runs, but was doing a little searching for other freight companies in my area who are recruiting. One thing I noticed, was that almost all the companies recruiting, require a sleeper. Can anybody tell me what the regulations are, as far as maximum length of a truck. Could I squish in a narrow sleeper between the cab and box and be legal, or am I smoking dope? Please excuse my ignorance and thank you in advance to anybody who could enlighten me.

    Scott
     
  2. D Green

    D Green Expert Expediter

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    If memory serves, most all states are at least 40' (many are 45'). Florida & N/S Carolina used to be 35' on two axles, 40' on three axles. But it's been a few years since I checked.

    Dennis
     
  3. davekc
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    davekc Senior Moderator Staff Member Fleet Owner

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    you can go to 40 ft in all states now. You can go to 45 ft in some states with three axles. Our truck is 39' and 3/4". Only been measured once and passed and that was in SC
     
  4. tazman

    tazman Expert Expediter

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    Check the CA ( cab-to-axle) length before you add anything to the length of the body...
    I might be you are max'ed out on frame length...

    I'll check the Ford order guides in the office tomorrow....
    And will post the recommended lengths for various body types...

    P.S. - What model F-650...Cat or Cummins or Powerstroke ????
    Just curious...

    Thanks,

    Tazman:)
     
  5. Sterling_owner

    Sterling_owner Expert Expediter

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    If you want to add a sleeper you might have to lose the 28ft box and go for a 24ft box, that would leave you with 4 feet of frame to put a sleeper in. How do you like your F-650? I love mine so far

    2. 1999 Sterling Semis
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