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Old 05-09-2016, 12:59 AM   #1
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License to drive a rig longer than 65 feet

I have a Country Coach that is 40 feet and a car trailer that is 23 feet long. Total length would be over 65 feet long. A friend told me that in California you cannot have a motorhome and trailer longer than 65 foot. Is this true and if so would I need a special license to drive this rig?

Thank you all for all of your input to my question that I have had. Tim
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I have been over length for ten years now and although I have never run California I have never been pulled over. Not saying it can't and won't happen but. Click image for larger version

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I have a Country Coach that is 40 feet and a car trailer that is 23 feet long. Total length would be over 65 feet long. A friend told me that in California you cannot have a motorhome and trailer longer than 65 foot. Is this true and if so would I need a special license to drive this rig?

Thank you all for all of your input to my question that I have had. Tim

Likely no special license, but you could be required to get a special permit each time you move it. Just like an over-width permit.

As already answered, many drivers are violating the law but have had no ill effects from the action.
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I live in the land of too many rules (Cali) and my CC is 40' and I've towed my enclosed trailer once so far. I'm just under 70'. A buddy who's Monico is 42.5' and tows a stacker trailer that's 30'+ has never been pulled over. He give me a link to the CA DMV with some info regarding if this is longer than that, and if X is shorter than Y etc. He swears by it!

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I have a Country Coach that is 40 feet and a car trailer that is 23 feet long. Total length would be over 65 feet long. A friend told me that in California you cannot have a motorhome and trailer longer than 65 foot. Is this true and if so would I need a special license to drive this rig?

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It's not that you would need a special license. It's that you might need to buy an over length permit if you are caught. Most states allow you to buy an over-length permit for a one-time passage through their state.
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FYI, always remember to securely latch and pin your trailer to the coach hitch, or you may find your trailer going "Peek-a-boo in your left mirror, then your right mirror, then the left.......

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FYI, always remember to securely latch and pin your trailer to the coach hitch, or you may find your trailer going "Peek-a-boo in your left mirror, then your right mirror, then the left.......

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Is that spoken from personal experience?
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Just a quick look at that site shows me that it's totally suspect! WA requires any vehicle over 10,000#'s GVWR to carry chains through the winter months. The site says nothing about that.
For those that have hearing aids you can ignore the no cell phones while driving, there is an exemption for those of us needing hearing aids.
The braking requirements is wrong for a motorized vehicle towing another motorized vehicle. Add'l braking is only required if you can't stop in XX feet from XX mph.
Weigh station cite is wrong too, only commercial/agricultural vehicles need to stop.
Drivers license cite is wrong too. RV drivers are specifically exempted from the class/weight requirements.
Wonder how much info is really usable?
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So where do you go to get your information?
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http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/trucks/trucksize/length.htm
California is 65' max vehicle trailer length with 10' allowed to be hanging if it's properly marked and flagged. Obviously not something you would do out of an enclosed trailer. For coaches over 40' you are supposed to take the class b non commercial test.
For motorsports event carry the registration for the event and most chp will let you off for over length as they have an exclusion for this.

When I asked a chp about this he said rarely will we pull you over unless your speeding or being a dick. Chances are nothing will ever happen but that's each drivers choice right.
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I went into CA last Jan with our 75' long rig. I purchased an over length permit from Caltrans. It was easy to do and is good for seven days. I stayed for eight days in Johnson Valley. I was required to apply and get another $15 permit to get back to AZ. I chose not to and went out with five other coaches of similar length without it. We went past several LEO's without incident. If one wanted to be legal in CA all the time, you would have to purchase a $15 permit stating what roads you will travel on every time you wanted to go somewhere. If the DOT did not like your chosen route, they would tell you which roads you had to use. If you were stopped and were not on their designated route in the time frame of the permit, it was invalid and you would be subject to a fine and possibly forced to unhook and tow it with a legal length. It's just one of the pleasures of living in CA.

edit: In reality, most states I travel in, have the same 65' limit and I could be stopped in any one of them. It seems that most LEO overlook the length of RV's unless they are in violation of some other safety issue like speeding, erratic behavior, or other moving violation.
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it would be a good idea to check with calif dmv. i believe you are ok on the interstate but the other rds i dont think so also coming into the state from arizona chp will give you a 200 dollar welcome to the state if you are over.cant remember what highway but i paid the ticket. refused all loads going to cali after that.owner operator.
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