Some people make the mistake of buying a truck for commercial purposes that is so big they must perform the functions of a truck driver even if it is not their profession. Log books, pre trip inspection, cargo securement, too much weight. It doesn’t take much of a truck to qualify for this attention from the DOT.
If it is registered commercially, a one ton truck, F350 or 3500 series, can qualify in some circumstances. certainly if you hook it to a trailer with tandem or tridem axles, it is very likely you will gross out heavier than the 11,794 kg (26,000 lbs) limit, which places you firmly in the land of trucking in the province of Alberta.
The one ton Truck usually grosses at 5,000 kg and the tandem axle trailer at 10,000 kg, so you can see the combination can quite easily surpasses 11,794 kg.
Any commercial vehicle over 4,500 kg must pull in to the weigh station when the lights are flashing in Alberta.
Expect to deal with commercial vehicle transport if you cross provincial borders with vehicles this size and larger, make sure you have the proper documentation, like registration , insurance, commercial vehicle inspection, and a Safety Fitness Certificate. The driver needs his license, log book, daily vehicle inspection report and Schedule One. Any missing paperwork could result in a half day delay by commercial officers.
Be thankful you don’t have to have a Class One license for the truck and gooseneck like they do in Saskatchewan.