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Old 05-19-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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Is 40' really 40'?

Question - I've been looking for the right Motorhome, and want to stay at or below the 40' length to avoid the road restrictions in some states. (Like the coastal roads in California!) I am looking at a 2004 Holiday Rambler Sceptor 40PST and LOVE the floorplan. It is referred to as a 40' motorhome ... but I just happened to notice in the specs that it says actual length is 40'7". Does that put it over the length limit, or is it close enough to be okay???
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Not in California. Some twisty roads but doable.
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Not in California. Some twisty roads but doable.

Not okay, or not over?
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The issue is addressed online on the CA DOT website: 45' Motorhomes The references to "house cars" greater than 40' in length all contain the following phrase: "house car over 40 feet in length, excluding safety devices and safety bumpers." So it would appear that the legal definition is based on a dimension that would be a bit less than the bumper to bumper measurement.
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Many of the coastal roads in California you will not care what is legal or not. You will be terrified of driving some of them in a coach of 40'. I have been on several going to Mendocino that 25' should be the limit.
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Not okay, or not over?
Sorry 40' is legal up to 45'
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Not in California. Some twisty roads but doable.
CA32 comes to mind. Scared h**l out of me in a 36' towing a chev malibu. Will not do it again towing or not towing.
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Sorry 40' is legal up to 45'

Actually, going back to the statute itself, it specifies "An over-length motorhome is a single-unit motorhome that is longer than 40 feet but not more than 45 feet" and is restricted from many roads.
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The issue is addressed online on the CA DOT website: 45' Motorhomes The references to "house cars" greater than 40' in length all contain the following phrase: "house car over 40 feet in length, excluding safety devices and safety bumpers." So it would appear that the legal definition is based on a dimension that would be a bit less than the bumper to bumper measurement.

but ... this answer is exactly correct - thank you docj! I went back and re-read the statutes and it allows up to one foot in front and one foot in rear for the safety bumpers, so that 7" would be fine!

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Many of the coastal roads in California you will not care what is legal or not. You will be terrified of driving some of them in a coach of 40'. I have been on several going to Mendocino that 25' should be the limit.
I do need to consider this! LOL! Thx all.

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Our Imperial is a 38' but it measures 39 1/2 feet. There are no bumpers. I think you would have to measure each coach for an exact measurement.
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Our DSDP is 41' 3" but the extra is bumpers although I've never been stopped or questioned.
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Bumpers on the Dutch Star?

Also please note that over 40' in California means you need a higher level of Driver's License.

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our 40 footer, according to monaco's sales brochure, is 41.7'.

really, I don't think anyone is splitting hairs over this.
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CHP wont bother you till something happens, like a wreck or accident. Then they find out your over length with the wrong drivers license. Och.
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