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Last Post 26 Apr 2010 06:38 AM by  Joe_914
Towing with RVs Question
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David Pintaric
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23 Apr 2010 10:20 PM

    In most (if not all) states, the RV and trailer limit is anywhere from 65 to 70 feet in combined vehicle length.

    So, in a state where the max length is 65 feet, a 40' Class A + a 24' tag (24' box with a 4' tongue) is going to be too long by 3 feet. In turn, a 33' toter home with a 40' stacker is going to be 8 feet too long.

    So what happens when you get pulled over and the officer measures the combined vehicle length? A fine? Or is a CDL required? And if a CDL is required to drive an RV/trailer combination that exceeds the length limits, do you have to "act" like a CDL driven truck and stop at weight stations and keep a driver's log?

    Thanks in advance.

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    24 Apr 2010 06:13 PM


    I have a 38' MH and a 24' trailer. I'm 68' bumper to bumper, IIRC, which means I'm illegal in PA and other places with a 65' or less total length limit.

    I've never seen a "You can do it, but you need a CDL" exemption... I think being over length is being over length regardless of license grade, but different states have different rules (and may not have reciprocity, so it may not matter that I'm legal in OH), so do your own research.

    I've not talked to an RV'er that's been caught over length, so I don't know what the punishment is. The impression I get is that this isn't something the cops / DOT folks are looking for.


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    26 Apr 2010 06:38 AM
    I am going to watch thtis thread as well. We are pulling some pretty long stuff here too. Never measured but I suspect we are at the limit or close to it.