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Truck requirements

Synergy RV Transport is dedicated to each towable driver being able to run successfully and within the bounds of federal regulation. As such, we have the following truck requirements and recommendations for trucks leased on to Synergy RV Transport, Inc.

Photo of suitable 3/4 ton or larger truck

Truck must be -Ton or Larger

A -ton truck will be designated as a "250" or "2500" model. 1-ton trucks are "350" or "3500." 150s, 1500s, Tundras, Durangos, etc. are simply too small to do this kind of work safely and reliably. Also, we highly recommend a diesel engine.

An example of a non presentable truck

Truck must be presentable

A presentable truck makes a good impression with our customers, our manufacturers, other drivers, and the DOT. Trucks that are less than presentable can be an indicator of problems and tend to gain more attention from authorities.

A truck with mitered corners on the flat bed

Flat beds must be mitered

Flat beds can be a very convenient conversion, but the rear corners present a danger to a 5th wheel in tow. The corners must be mitered off.

Extended mirrors can come installed from the factory, or a number of styles exist that could be added on after market.

Extended (Or extendable) mirrors

Extended mirrors are an absoute necessity to allow you to see what is behind you on the road and on your load. By DOT regulation, they must extend wider than the trailer.

Electric Brake Controllers are often factory installed on large pickups, but if one is not factory installed, an aftermarket version must be.

Electric Brake Controller

While most newer -Ton and larger trucks have this built in, some older models may need one installed. This controls the brake power for the trailer brakes, and is a DOT requirement.

A truck with properly installed mudflaps

Mud Flaps

Properly installed mudflaps are the full width of the wheel(s) and extend to within six inches of the ground when the truck is unladen. These mudflaps provide significant protection against rock chips on the trailer.

A properly installed Class IV or higher reciever hitch

Receiver Hitch

A properly installed Class IV or higher (10,000 pound or higher) reciever hitch is required to pull travel trailers.

A class IV or higher (10,000 pounds or higher) insert with Class IV (10,000 pounds) or higher 2 5/16" ball

Class IV Insert and 2 5/16" Ball

Ball and insert must each be rated for at least 10,000 pounds and is required to pull travel trailers. If you are using a weight distribution hitch, this is generally included in that kit.

A Properly Installed 5th Wheel is required to move 5th wheel trailers.

Fifth Wheel

A properly installed 5th wheel rated for at least 15,000 pounds is required for moving 5th wheel trailers. If the truck is a short bed, a sliding 5th wheel is helpful on older trucks to provide trailer to cab clearance.

A Bargman 7-prong Jack.

Bargman Trailer Jack

A Bargman 7-prong tailer jack is required to ensure proper connectivity to the trailer. Please ensure that all 6 circuits (including the 12 Volt Power Connection) are functioning.

Long Shank Padlock locking a trailer coupler


Synergy RV Transport requires that all hitches be locked closed with a padlock for the security of the driver and the unit.

Battery Box and Strap Are Required For Battery

Breakaway Battery, Box, & Strap

DOT requires that all trailers have a breaking system that engages if the trailer comes lose from the truck. Electric brake trailers (like what we move) must have a breakaway battery (usually a 12 volt liquid cell battery (like a car or lawnmower battery), and the battery must be in a covered box with a strap (not a bungee) to hold it to the trailer, and it must be able to attach to a spade bit with a 3/8” hole.

A break away cable hook up connected permanantly to the truck

Place To Hook Breakaway Cable to Truck

As per FMCSA regulation, the breakaway cable must be hooked to the truck itself. It can not be attached to any removable part of the truck (like the insert) or the safety chains.

Assortment of Blade Fuses

Spare Fuses For Truck and Trailer

An assortment of spare fuses for truck and trailer are not only a DOT requirement, it makes good sense.

A Gauged Fire Extinguisher mounted to the floorboardc of the truck's passenger side

Gauged and Mounted Fire Extinguisher

Regulations require that a gauged fire extinguisher rated 5BC or higher be securely mounted in an accessible location inside or outside the truck.

4-Way Lug Wrench or HD Ratchet Set

4-Way Lug Wrench or Heavy Duty Ratchet Set

A 4-Way Lug Wrench or Heavy Duty Ratchet Set will aid you in changing not only your truck's but also the trailers tires if necessary.

6 DOT Approved Road flares in a carrying case and three DOT approved triangles in a carrying case.

DOT Approved Triangles or Flares

Three DOT approved road triangles (recommended) or six road flares are required in every commercial power unit in case of accident or break down.

Bottle, Scissor and Wheel Jack sets


Jack should be complete and stable enough to lift truck or trailer on the roadside or soft shoulder.

DOT Officers have the ability to check tint leels electronically and issue citations on any tinted windows on the front of the truck.

No Window Tint on front windows

Windows must allow 70% of light to pass through them. Almost any level of tint on the front  side windows or windshield will violate this regulation and tint must be removed. Read more about tint here.

ZIP Ties or Nylon Nut and Bolt Sets to secure plates to trailers.

Zip ties or nylon nut/bolt sets

Zip ties (and a way to remove them when done) or Nylon nut and bolt sets are a great way to hold the temporary "Transporter" license plates to the trailer.

A valid registration for 26,000 pounds from your state is required

Valid 26,000 Pound Registration

Your truck must be registered for 26,000 Pounds (no more!) or as close as your state's registration program will allow.

A close up of the title bar of a blank annual DOT inspection form.

Valid Annual DOT inspection

A valid Annual DOT inspection can be purchased in Goshen and must be on file with Synergy before you can operate the truck. If your vehicle may not pass, please have this done before you come to orientation!

 Part of a Certificate for Non-Trucking Liability Insurance

Non-Trucking Liability (NLT) Insurance

Synergy drivers are required to carry at least $500,000 in Non-Trucking Liability insurance coverage to protect them when running empty. We can assist you in obtaining this coverage at orientation. You can apply for non Trucking Liability insurance here: Apply For Non Trucking Liability Insurance. (Not available for New York residents. New York residents, please call 1-325-513-1122) Watch an informational video on NTL Insurance Here

Properly installed and compliant marker lights.

Marker Lights

Marker Lights are recommended, as they can be required to move a trailer which has none or where a trailer's marker lights do not work. They are also requireed on trucks over 80 inches in width.

Load Equalizing Bars installed on a travel trailer a-frame

Weight Distribution Bars

Often called load leveler bars or (incorrectly) sway bars, properly adjusted Weight Distribution Bars can transfer weight from the rear axle to the front axel of your truck, improving handling and breaking.

Truck Recommendations

These recommendations enhance the driver's ability to move different kinds of freight safely. While not required by Synergy, they can increase a driver's safety and his or her ability to haul reloads and backhauls.

A properly mounted auxiliary tank

Auxilliary Fuel Tank

An auxilliary fuel tank can add serious range to your truck, but must not rise above the bed more than 2 inches and must comply with federal regulations. Read more about that here.

A truck with two tool boxes installed, one at the rear of the bed and one against the front of the bed.

In-Bed Toolboxes

Toolboxes in the bed can give a driver lots of room for tools of the trade, but must be securely mounted to the truck and must not rise more than two inches above the truck bed.

A class 3 insert hitch with 2 inch ball and a class 3 pintle insert hitch.

Pintle and Class III 2" Ball Inserts

Pintle and 2" ball hitch inserts can expand the number of loads you can pull, if they are rated high enough for weight.

A gooseneck plate installed on rails normally used for 5th wheels.

Gooseneck Hitch

A gooseneck plate to install on 5th wheel rails or a standard one installed in the bed of the truck can help make you available for more reloads and backhauls.

A Bargman jack installed in the bed of the truck

Bargman 7-prong in The Truck Bed

A second Bargman in the bed of the truck can make it more convenient to hook up to 5th wheels and goosneck trailers.

A safety chain with clevis hooks on either end.

A Safety Chain with Clevis Hooks

A safety chain with clevis hooks on each end can be used to tie up the axle of a disabled trailer or hundreds of other uses on the road.

A DOT Compliant and properly mounted sleeper on a pickup truck frame.

Sleeper Berth

A properly installed and DOT compliant sleeper compartment can provide a conveneinet resting place for the driver and allows the truck to be team driven, effectively doubling its productivity. Beware kits, as kits that simply replace the windows or door panels almost always will not meet DOT regulations.

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