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#1 J Smith

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:41 PM

I’m considering taking the AutoTrain for the first time next year, but I’m wondering if there will be a problem because I drive a larger vehicle - a 2017 Silverado Z71. It’s not customized or lifted or anything like that. It’s just your typical stock truck. Can the train accommodate my truck?

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:46 PM

Let Google be your friend:  https://www.amtrak.c...le-requirements



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:53 PM

They say no dual-wheel vehicles, but it doesn't sound like yours is one with dual wheels in those flared out fenders.  I looked up the specs, and it says 80 inches wide when the max allowed is 84 inches.  If it hasn't been modified, it should be under 88 inches height.

 

http://media.gm.com/.../2017.tab1.html

 

You should have no problem, but of course it's going to fit tighter than most vehicles going on the Auto Train.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:06 AM

A Chevy Silverado? Thats not a full size truck, its a pickup truck. What is it with people who think a pickup is al that large? A Peterbilt is a large truck, a Silverado is a small one.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:08 AM

In the land of pickup trucks (the best selling vehicles in the US) F-150, Titan, and Silverado are what are called full sized. For vehicles that are regularly used as passenger vehicles (and in many states can get regular plates) they are classed as large. 



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:47 AM

Standard factory length pickup trucks are allowed on the Autotrain with the following limitations.

Maximum height: 88 inches.  (about 7' 5") 
- Maximum width: 84 inches.
- Ground clearance: at least 4 inches.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:54 AM

My daily driver is a GMC Yukon XL. I've been doing the AT every other month, sometimes monthly for years = never a problem. I have even seen people tow a trailer on board. Just follow the dimensions printed above.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:22 AM

There are special provisions for trailers detailed on the website.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:46 AM

In a land where such vehicles are primarily used as family vehicles, and as you said are the best selling things around, they are not large. A truck is a commercial vehicle with truck tags. A pickup truck is a utility vehicle.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 12:05 PM

That depends on the state. It is not the same across the board. Many states have utilization based registration classes not size based. A truck does not always have to be registered as such. I had a branch with 20 small pickup trucks with truck tags.






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