You will have to get a DOT number. As long as truck gvwr and trailer gvwr is under 26k you are ok without a cdl. But I think that truck is going to put you over the limit and you may need a cdl. If truck gvwr added to trailer gvwr is over 26 k you will need a class a cdl. I would think long and hard about getting a f550. It is one geat built truck but the powerjoke(I call it that because they gave me hell) is a joke. It is good until you hae a problem then its one after another. Our local ambulance quit buying them...stayed in garage too much. Plus all NEW diesels ger horriable milage. I would look at a new sterling or dodge 4500 or 5500. My old 12v cummins in my 98 has over 300K and has never been touched. I am looking for a f405 or 550 with blown engine....I want to put a 03 to 06 or 12v cummins in it. Now that would be a truck!
Shoot I stack my 550 with 80 doubles front to back with a 3/4 super on each one . I haven't rolled over yet.I do not believe stacking pallets ( 4 ways with doubles) on a 12 foot bed with even a 550 is a good idea.
We tried once on a trip to California ( all hives empty) and turned around in Kansas and returned and removed the top pallets.
If the hives were full of bees and weight we most likely would have turned over with the wind.
I agree with the 16 foot bed. The only way to go!
Short haul of a few miles maybe but makes any truck with a 12 foot bed top heavy. Been there and done that!