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Old 01-13-2015, 03:25 PM   #1
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102" MH in 96" States????

I was looking through the Jan 2015 FMCA magazine at MH regulations by state. I saw that all through West Virginia the widest MH they allow is 96" and Illinois, Kentucky, and New York only allow 102" on designated highways and Pennsylvania allows 102" unless posted. Has anyone with a 102" wide MH run into any problems in any of these states? I was planning on hitting all of those states this spring/summer/fall. However if I have to stay on the Interstate it won't be worth the effort if I'm going to get popped every time I hit the surface roads.
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:26 PM   #2
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I have a 102 in NYA and never heard of any restrictions on how wide you can be. Bought and inspected in NY.

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Old 01-13-2015, 04:36 PM   #3
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We've had our 102.5" Suncruiser from IL to IN,OH,PA,NY,KY,TN, AL, GA, SC, NC without any problem no matter what road. Actually think someone would need a really good eye to notice an 8" difference going down highway
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:49 PM   #4
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Unless there's a burning need for Law Enforcement to check closely (you trying to drive your 102" rig down a 100" alley) I'll make a prediction that you will NEVER be checked, let alone cited. Law enforcement has many other important tasks to do without getting a tape measure out on your rig.

These laws and limits are generally have evolved slowly over the years, and some states are more than somewhat slow in getting into the 20th century, let alone the 21st. I used to teach safety issues to LEOS a few years ago and talking with them about RV specific items was enlightening. They have very, very few problems with RV's so their knowledge of RV issues is much less than those things which give them the most headaches. Don't loose any sleep about this, the rest of us don't.
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:57 PM   #5
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Chances are the magazine has some miss information in it. All states allow 102" wide and even give an addition 2" per side for items such as awning and slide out covers.
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Old 01-13-2015, 06:51 PM   #6
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Thanks to all as we are buying and picking up our new 2015 Itasca Meridian 35M which is 8'5.5" and this width thing had us a little concerned as we have plans of touring the US. Not going to loose any sleep over it. Happy Trails!
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:00 PM   #7
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I own a small fleet of 53' & 48" step deck trailers. They are all 102" wide and we cover the lower 48 states. Here's another rub. all our 102" wide trailers have front to back roll tarp systems that overhang each side of the trailer by 3" for a total width of 108" That extra 6" is known as "dunage" and is legal. It's like having a 102" wide coach and obviously needing wider mirrors than that, like 108". We travel all roads, everywhere. (Except NYC).
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:41 PM   #9
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At one time I had 102 commercial vehicle, I live in KY on a very narrow road, many times I passed police on the way home and nary a problem. I have faith that one day Kentucky will make it to the 20th century, lol.
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But the Mirrors make it wider than 102" ?
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:58 PM   #11
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Some states have that restriction but it's only on State roads, not Interstates. But they usually don't enforce it UNLESS there's a reason, like a wreck caused by being overwidth. Mirrors and awnings don't count when measuring the width, only the body itself.
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Have not gone that far east in the motor home (Did with trailers) but in KY the only problem was drift.. I accidently drifted into a ditch and addang near rolled it.. Thanks to quick thinking and response kept the black rubber down and the white rubber up (Got to modify that old line on a motor home) but... Was exciting for a bit.

I now take those KY backroads a bit slower. (And less of 'em).
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How much?

Originally Posted by Romer1 View Post
We've had our 102.5" Suncruiser from IL to IN,OH,PA,NY,KY,TN, AL, GA, SC, NC without any problem no matter what road. Actually think someone would need a really good eye to notice an 8" difference going down highway
Especially since there's only 6" difference between 102" and 96".
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How much?

Most of what they are looking for is big rigs with oversized loads that are running without permits. Most of the time someone has to hold the dumb end of the tape and you can fudge a little so it measures less.

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