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Old 08-18-2014, 09:00 PM   #1
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40 ft plus RV State Laws

We are contemplating purchasing our first RV. I have noticed that many states have a 40 ft maximum. Are these rules strictly enforced?
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:41 PM   #2
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Wow, never heard of this but, here it is...

2011 Driving Laws for the US and Canada

CA, NJ, DC, Canada (41') and others the limit is 40'?
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The vast majority of states have a limit of 45' and in all of my years of RV travels, I have yet to hear of a motorhome being ticketed for over length.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:48 PM   #4
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Depends on what you're talking about. Only four states and DC limit motorhomes to 40 ft. Several states limit trailers to 40 ft.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:56 AM   #5
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I always take what Woodall's prints with a grain of salt. How do you think the CA owners of 45' units register their RV if there is a 40' limit?
This is from the CALTRANS website: 45' Buses & Motorhomes

Some roads in CA have a 40' limit due to narrow and tight curves mostly in some mountain areas. Just a reminder when in CA and towing, 55MPH max! I have one of those tickets.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:31 AM   #6
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Some states also show a 96" width limit for motorhomes.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:54 PM   #7
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We are contemplating purchasing our first RV. I have noticed that many states have a 40 ft maximum. Are these rules strictly enforced?
Thanks for all the great advice! We would like a 43 or 45 Tiffin Bus, but it seems the 40 has less restrictions.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:19 PM   #8
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I always thought the limit wasn't on the length (up to 45), but that RV's longer then 40 needed more drivers license qualifications. I know that to be the case in CA.

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I know of no restrictions on coaches exceeding 40 Ft. As noted how would a dealer in CA and there are many, lawfully sell a coach over 40 ft? Registration at DMV certainly would be aware of this so called law. I've driven thru DC, NJ,not Canada or CA. However RV' s in excess of 40 ft. Cross into Canada every day. Just my perception from many years on the road. There are limitations as per state for drivers licensing. These are weight based. I can only comment positively on my circumstances. My past state of NC required a non commercial class B CDL on vehicles GVWR over 26,000 lbs. I might be not exact on the weight but close enough for discussion. I believe NY and Texas have similar restrictions. We do have some restrictions when traveling to POI like state or national parks. However, their are CG close enough to use the toad and see everything of interest.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:42 PM   #10
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We are contemplating purchasing our first RV. I have noticed that many states have a 40 ft maximum. Are these rules strictly enforced?
The link below was where I accessed my information.

State Towing Laws for RVs - Readybrake
State Towing Laws for RVs Cached
Maxiumum Weights before auxilary brakes are needed and total lengths for RV towing in the United ... Max Trailer Length: 53'. See state and provincial regulations ...
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:22 AM   #11
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Ziggy what you are seeing is max length of a trailer that you are pulling not the RV its self. RVs can't be over 45ft. If you are towing a car or trailer behind your RV or have a 5th wheel then you have a max length of 65ft.
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Auxiliary braking is required in All 50 states. Just a reminder that some state parks and national parks don't have room for rigs over 40ft. So call ahead of time or stay at a RV park outside the park. About 19 states require a non-commercial Class B license for any RV over 26k lbs.
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There does seem to be 10 or so states that list a maximum length of 40 foot. I have driven through many of these few states and have never been stopped or asked while stopped about my length. There are MH dealers in all these states that do sell coaches in excess of these limits, so I would say you will be hard pressed to find someone enforcing this limit, except of course if your do something wrong while in that state. That would be one more ticket you could get.
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I live in north eastern Nebraska. I heard that in South Dakota near Gavins Point dam they have been giving over length tickets. Gavins Point is a popular caming and fishing area. I have not heard of any motor homes being ticketed. Its the Big 5ers with big boats. Correct me if I am wrong but you can not be longer than 65 feet. It is a $100 fine for every foot you are over length. If you are in a Motor home with a toad I really dont thing they will mess with you at all.
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