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Old 05-18-2011, 03:28 PM   #113
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I apologize if this has been covered before, but I haven't found it discussed searching for what I thought might take me to a link. Many of the new models are spec'd as 8' 5.5" wide. Most states allow trailers up to 8' 6". A chart I'm looking at shows a handful of states that have an 8' width limit. Has anyone any problem driving through those states with that limit?
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:53 PM   #114
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There is a lot of info on the internet about that, some of it conflicting and some articles may be out of date. Internet articles often do not have dates on them and laws change frequently.

Here are some links:
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Which states limit RV width to 8 feet MAX?
2010 Driving Laws for the US and Canada
Is Your RV Too Wide To Legally Be On The Road Without An Oversized Load Permit? - The Fun Times Guide to RVing
State Towing Laws for RVs

After you read all that, I'm sure you will wonder what the answer is. The only way to be sure is check with state highway departments or look up the state statutes. I guess I've broken some traffic laws in the east, but I've been breaking other traffic laws since 1959. Every article I read, including ones I didn't post, said no one has heard of anyone being cited for an oversize trailer.

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Old 05-19-2011, 07:19 AM   #115
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Thanks, Gene. There was some interesting reading there. I agree; many of those charts are not dated and some contradict which states have the 8' limit. I went through and overnighted in MD last year with no problem. As one mentioned, he bought his wide body trailer in MD. One would assume if he got his plates there also, the state would be blessing his rig to travel it's roads. Likewise for OR.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:20 AM   #116
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I got my "thank you" note from Florida DPS this week. Another $23 late fee since they received the check a day late. Then a second envelope the same day with a nice picture of the back of my trailer and license plate. Seems that at one of the toll booths coming into Orlando an attendant had waved me past the pay booth and the camera didn't catch me with the window rolled down with a twenty in my hand trying to pay. Who says it not about the money there? So $116 for ticket + $23 late fee + $20 toll violation. Priceless
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:33 AM   #117
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:07 AM   #118
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My Airstream is registered in Maryland - no 8' limit here - or at least enforced...
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:20 PM   #119
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:47 AM   #120
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"Improper mirrors are admittedly one of my pet peeves and were I in law enforcement probably one of the things I would be tough on."

We don't make a habit of stopping and citing for equipment violations unless attitude becomes an issue on a speed stop or DWI.

On the other hand it is hard to hold back my guys after they have worked a couple of fatal accidents where the innocent victims died because the violator "couldn't see them" during a lane change. Not a frequent event but it does happen.

We do look for unsafe driving combined with tow vehicle trailer combinations (swerving, swaying across lanes, too much speed, stuff like that) which happens a lot. Often alcohol is part of that problem.
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"Improper mirrors are admittedly one of my pet peeves and were I in law enforcement probably one of the things I would be tough on."

We don't make a habit of stopping and citing for equipment violations unless attitude becomes an issue on a speed stop or DWI.

On the other hand it is hard to hold back my guys after they have worked a couple of fatal accidents where the innocent victims died because the violator "couldn't see them" during a lane change. Not a frequent event but it does happen.

We do look for unsafe driving combined with tow vehicle trailer combinations (swerving, swaying across lanes, too much speed, stuff like that) which happens a lot. Often alcohol is part of that problem.
The biggest problem I see now is the Texting Fools.
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