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Wizard said:Reading the FMCSA website, they defined a CMV as over 10k AND engaged in INTERSTATE commerce, unless you're a for-hire motor carrier (get paid to haul cargo) of any weight Intrastate. So my understanding is that these rules only apply if you're a private carrier crossing state lines (part 390.21). And one section says a CMV is only a truck with a GVW over 26k (part 383.5) I could totally be wrong here, but thats how I'm interpreting it. This is also how it was explained to me in a class on this subject in 2004. If they changed something in July to include vehicles over 10k used only in-state, they haven't updated the regs on the site...
It goes on to say in the definition of a commercial vehicle is any vehicle that is used to "generate" income.
If you are using your truck which has a registered weight of 10,001 pounds or greater and use it in "a business" it is generating income. If you own a truck registered over 10,001 and use it to pull your RV then it is not deemed a commercial vehicle.
If you use the same truck to haul dirt for use in your driveway you still do not need it but if you haul the dirt for free in your truck for someone elses driveway and then charge to spread it you have just caused your vehicle to become a commercail vehicle because now it has been involved in "generating" revenue.