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    I will be transporting a 100' rear mount aerial from Minnesota to Ohio next week. I already know through experience that I will have to avoid the Ohio Turnpike because the truck will be overweight for 3 axles (special permit = $$$). Has anyone driven an aerial on I-94/90/80 recently through Illinois and Indiana? I have a route planned around the toll roads if necessary, but it does add a few miles to the trip. Thanks.
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    Originally posted by firepiper1 View Post
    I will be transporting a 100' rear mount aerial from Minnesota to Ohio next week. I already know through experience that I will have to avoid the Ohio Turnpike because the truck will be overweight for 3 axles (special permit = $$$). Has anyone driven an aerial on I-94/90/80 recently through Illinois and Indiana? I have a route planned around the toll roads if necessary, but it does add a few miles to the trip. Thanks.
    I ran into some of the same problems with a demo quint a couple of years ago. Indiana Toll Rd. only counts wheels. I believe the Illinois Tollway is the same. I had understood that when Ohio went to EZPass, they did away with weighing, but don't quote me.

    During my years of trucking and even now, I can run just about anywhere in Indiana and Ohio without using toll roads. Especially in Ohio, I know a large variety of alternate routes. Some are longer, some not. My experience in Minnesota and Wisconsin is limited, I haven't run them in years. But if you haven't planned them out, Wisconsin could be a concern.

    If I can help you with any of it, get back to me.

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    • #3
      Unfortunately in Ohio, although the state started using EZPass last year, you still have to go through the old gates, which weighs the vehicle before letting you get on the Turnpike. I found that out while driving a mid mount aerial in May, "I cant let you get on this road," and had to go back into PA to find a detour. I have a couple of routes figured out for Illinois and Indiana, just in case.
      Last edited by firepiper1; 08-06-2010, 11:10 PM.
      I have only 2 allegiances, to my country and to my God. The rest of you are fair game.

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      • #4
        where are you going in Ohio ? Gonna be near Toledo ?
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        • #5
          What part of IL are you going through? The scales on 80 near the Iowa border are closed due to construction last time I went through.

          I have some insight as to where you need to worry, but I'd want you to validate everything I told you...

          90 from Wisconsin/Illinois border through to 39 south has no scales. This could get you to 80 east. I'm trying to think what scales are that way. If you get down 90 to 39 in the Rockford area around a meal time, I'll buy you a bite to eat.
          Last edited by npfd801; 08-07-2010, 01:39 AM.
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          • #6
            Don't take the chance. Buy a Permit!

            Its not the turnpikes you need to worry about.

            State troopers in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio will give you an overweight ticket AND operating without a permit if the apparatus is a demo or stock unit off the Interstate. If you get caught, you will have to go to an open scale for a weight check. Several hours in delay and fines!

            Also - do you have your log book up to date? That's right. If its a stock unit or demo, you are operating a commercial vehicle under the auspices of a company's DOT permit. Oh, no CDL? Park it. Pay the fine and get an authorized driver for the unit.

            If you are transporting a rig that is owned by a fire department AND you are their operator, you have no worries, they are exempt. You need a Bill of Lading to prove you are their transporter or agent as it lists the authorized drivers.

            Do not risk it. In Illinois, the fines for operating an overweight vehicle (more than 20,000 per axle) start at $1100 and keep going. And then they make you buy a permit for $45.

            The permits to run a rig through Illinois are only $45. You can get them online.
            Last edited by Hehateme; 08-07-2010, 08:30 PM.

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            • #7
              Weruj1, yes. Will be coming through Toledo on Thursday sometime. npfd801, I am leaving Minneapolis and going the Milwaukee/Chicago route and heading south from there. Not sure how long or far I will drive the first day. Hehateme, I do have a CDL/Medical Card/Log book, and a badge..LOL. Thanks for your help guys.
              I have only 2 allegiances, to my country and to my God. The rest of you are fair game.

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              • #8
                Piper check your email.
                IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
                Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
                ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: Will the dead horse please report to the forums.(thanks Motown)
                RAY WAS HERE 08/28/05
                LETHA' FOREVA' ! 010607
                I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
                "but I guarentee you I will FF your arse off" from>
                http://www.firehouse.com/forums/show...60#post1137060post 115

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by firepiper1 View Post
                  Weruj1, yes. Will be coming through Toledo on Thursday sometime. npfd801, I am leaving Minneapolis and going the Milwaukee/Chicago route and heading south from there. Not sure how long or far I will drive the first day. Hehateme, I do have a CDL/Medical Card/Log book, and a badge..LOL. Thanks for your help guys.
                  Other than being 2-lane, 20's not bad running west of Toledo. I did it twice in the last couple of months. Pick it up at Angola. I'll be a couple of days ahead of you, but missing you by the width of Illinois.

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                  • #10
                    Did you get a new truck? What are you picking up?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LT2410 View Post
                      Did you get a new truck? What are you picking up?
                      No new purchase here. I have been moving trucks for a couple of local apparatus dealers for the last few years. Have been to Maryland, Mississippi, PA, California, New York and New Jersey. Its not a bad part time gig. Sometimes its tough to find a hotel or restaurant parking lot that can handle larger apparatus though. This time I am bringing back a 100 foot rear mount stick.
                      I have only 2 allegiances, to my country and to my God. The rest of you are fair game.

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                      • #12
                        I assume you are picking it up from a manufacturer? If so they need to be providing you with all the documents required to transport their unit. I have driven 100' aerials through states where I even had to have an oversized sign on the front and the back of the truck.

                        Just like hehateme says its not worth it, especially these days. Every fine is more money in the coffers, right!

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                        • #13
                          Personally, I wouldn't risk my CDL on something like this. Have the manufacturer of the truck get the permits. Yes, it can be expensive, but it will be even more expensive for you if you get caught. Badge may not get you out of anything if you get scooped up by someone who's not a fan of firefighters (everyone loves firefighters, right?).
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tim1118 View Post
                            Personally, I wouldn't risk my CDL on something like this. Have the manufacturer of the truck get the permits.
                            No worries. I have a truck route figured out that will keep me off of the toll roads and it only adds about 30 extra miles to my total trip.
                            I have only 2 allegiances, to my country and to my God. The rest of you are fair game.

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                            • #15
                              I know of an instance where a manufactuer tried to run a 100' single rear axle aerial demo through Missouri without permits and got nailed. A $900 fine and the DOT made them flat bed the truck out of the state.

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