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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay Federal Excise Tax on my Spotter?

No. The Revised Rule 70-8, Section 48.4061(a)-1(d) Manufacturers & Retailers Excise Tax Regulations. Paragraph one states: "Truck tractors specifically designed for use in shifting semi-trailers in and around freight terminals and freight yards are not subject to tax section 4061(a)(1) of the code." There is more detail in other sections, but the above is the rule.


What wheelbase do I need?

The short answer is either 116” or 128” wheelbase will more than likely do the trick for you. However it is important that we understand exactly what you intend to move with your Spotter. Are you moving refrigerated trailers? Specialized trailers with deeper king pin setting than usual? Or maybe you are hanging materials over the front of your trailers such as steel or lumber products to reduce permitting cost with shipping. Whatever your need is, TK Spotters can help you find a solution.


What is DEF?

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a non-toxic solution, comprised of urea and de-ionized water.  DEF is sprayed into the exhaust stream of diesel vehicles to break down NOx emissions into harmless nitrogen and water.


What is a DPF?

A diesel particulate filter (or DPF) is a component of the exhaust system designed to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust of a diesel engine.


What is Regen?

DPF filters go through a regeneration process which removes this soot and lowers the filter pressure. There are three types of regeneration: active, passive, and forced. Active regeneration happens while the vehicle is parked and takes anywhere from 10-50 minutes to complete depending on the condition of the filter. Passive regeneration takes place while driving using the heat of the exhaust. This works well for vehicles that drive longer distances with few stops compared to those that perform short trips with many starts and stops. If the filter develops too much pressure then the last type of regeneration must be used - a forced regeneration. This involves connecting to the engine control module and initiating a regeneration of the DPF manually


What’s the warranty on a new TICO Pro-Spotter?

The standard warranty on a TICO Pro-Spotter is 1 year or 3000 hours whichever occurs first. For complete details please see the manufacturer’s warranty statement here


Can I use my Pro-Spotter on Public roads?

Yes. If your spotter is equipped with the correct engine and safety equipment to meet the EPA and DOT requirements and your load meets the weight distribution requirements for your local area. Of course this is assuming the operator is properly licensed as well.

TK Spotters offer models for both on and off road use and even a 6x4 or 3 axle model to help with those weight distribution requirements


Is there an alternative to a diesel engine?

TICO Pro-Spotters are available with engine options available in Gasoline, Liquid Propane (LP), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Be sure to ask about these options