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srschang

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So - I have a 2020 Ram 3500 that the dealer registered for 8900# when I bought it in March. I'm in NY state. No idea where they came up with that weight. With the camper loaded, I'm at 13,300#. I used the NYS DMV website to calculate the registration cost add if I were to register it for 13,300#, it's only about $40 / year more, so cost isn't an issue. What I'm concerned about:

- If I register it for 13,300#, are there any "Gotcha's" I need to worry about, like I need to have a different driver license or need to have have commercial numbers on the truck, or my insurance will be much higher, or anything else you can think of? Is there a magic weight number that jumps me into any additional "Gotcha's"?

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Don't know about NY but here in VT it costs me about $100 more per year to register at 12,500 instead of my sticker GVWR of 11,500. Outside of that there hasn't been any issue and I can afford the $100 to stay under my actual weight on my registration. No license changes, no insurance issues, no special plate issues. But that is VT, NY may be different.


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Can't help you there. In California all pickups are treated as Commercial Vehicles. But only a Class C is needed to operate unless you are towing over 10,001 with a bumper pull or 15,0001 pounds with a gooseneck or 5th wheel then you need a class A. I have my F350 dually registered at 15,000 which is over Truck + TC + plus tongue wt when towing. It is not cheap


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Posted: 01/21/21 08:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

srschang wrote:

So - I have a 2020 Ram 3500 that the dealer registered for 8900# when I bought it in March. I'm in NY state. No idea where they came up with that weight.


That's the unladen or curb weight, which means you have commercial plates. The reg form also asks for a "max weight", so that number should also be on the reg. It's really academic because if you're not for hire then you are not required to stop at weight stations, and the state guys won't be looking to pull you over for a safety check unless you look obviously unsafe on the road. The only "gotcha" is you need a CDL for anything over 26k lbs.

I would just leave it alone, why are you thinking you need to re-register the truck?


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Illinois here so take it for what it's worth.
Likely gives you lower licensing costs. The dealer is the expert pay the fees based on his expert knowledge and enjoy.

Unless you look like Sanford driving a pickup overloaded with junk nobody will ever stop you even though you'll have a few "keyboard warriors" tell you otherwise.


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Register it for 14K then go camping and enjoy the new truck


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What is door sticker listing for GVWR ?
When this is still taxable number, in the past I had my F450 registered in CA at its curb weigh and seems that was common procedure, till CA changed the rules and now owner of truck has to declare GCWR and pay adequate weight fee. Just overnight my fee went up by $460
I know in some jurisdiction you can register the truck at its actual capacities, meaning above listed GVW, as long as you have axles for it.
Either way, this is not question the forum can give you legal advise.
You need to call your local DMV





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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Register it for 14K then go camping and enjoy the new truck
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Either way better to be a bit long than short.


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Register it for 14K then go camping and enjoy the new truck


In Nevada at least, that would cost a bundle. If I remember correctly my 17 year old Dodge is registered @ somewhere around 12,000 lbs and I'm still paying ~ $300 a year for registration. Price goes way up for every 1000 lb! A new truck registered for 14k would no doubt cost $1000 a year or more...my 5 year old F150 is $500 a year!


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BurbMan wrote:

srschang wrote:

So - I have a 2020 Ram 3500 that the dealer registered for 8900# when I bought it in March. I'm in NY state. No idea where they came up with that weight.


That's the unladen or curb weight, which means you have commercial plates. The reg form also asks for a "max weight", so that number should also be on the reg. It's really academic because if you're not for hire then you are not required to stop at weight stations, and the state guys won't be looking to pull you over for a safety check unless you look obviously unsafe on the road. The only "gotcha" is you need a CDL for anything over 26k lbs.

I would just leave it alone, why are you thinking you need to re-register the truck?


The current registration runs out end of February, and I need to reregister it for another two years. The only weight number on the reg is WT/Seats that says 008900.

The only reason I'm interested in increasing the weight on the reg is chatter recently on this board that California and BC are requiring non commercial trucks into the weigh stations. Will probably never go to California again, but will pass through BC on the way up and back to Alaska the latter half of this year.

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