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Old 05-21-2015, 10:19 AM   #43
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Several have stated that an insurance company could or might deny coverage if the motor home/trailer combo was over length. I wasn't sure so I called our ins company. I found that coverage can not be denied for being over length unless a maximum length is specifically listed in the policy. It's not an insurance issue, but a state issue and a separate citation could be issued. I have only had two different companies in the last 20 years and neither one states a max length allowed. I suspect that very few if any MH policies will refer to length as a cause for denial. If you think about it, you are not denied when speeding, failing to yield right of way, or any other moving violation. Why, then, would you be denied for being over length, especially when a business can get a permit to do so?? It's not a safety issue as much as a revenue opportunity for the state.
Agreed, in fact I received an email today announcing a new Annual Overlength Permit (created by the 2015 Texas Legislature) is now available in the state of Texas. Perhaps they see it as a revenue source? Disclaimer: I have not checked to see if this permit is available for a non Commercial Vehicle. Link provided below for those wanting more information.

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Thanks Crasher for checking. It still doesn't answer my other point that it could be an issue in a victim's lawsuit. I also ponder WHY some folks want to take it all with them.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:25 PM   #45
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Thanks Crasher for checking. It still doesn't answer my other point that it could be an issue in a victim's lawsuit. I also ponder WHY some folks want to take it all with them.

In a victim's lawsuit, they would have to prove that the over length was a factor in causing the accident. Then the question has to be "if there was a permit" would the length be a factor? I still maintain that if nothing is overloaded and all the lights, brakes and equipment are in good repair and working, the only result of an accident with an over length combination, will possibly be a citation for failing to have a permit.

We don't take it all with us. Just the toys we want to play with when we get there. The bigger toys sometime need to be repaired, so tools and parts are needed. Not everyone likes to play shuffle board or play cards.
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I have run close to 125000 miles between two rigs at roughly 67 to 68 feet without a problem in just about every state east of the mississippi. The next rig will definitely be 70 feet. 45 foot rig plus 24 foot enclosed trailer with extended tongue. I won't think twice about it and I've never had a problem getting through even some of the tightest stuff. Like I tell my racers, worry about your own program and not the other guys.
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I have run close to 125000 miles between two rigs at roughly 67 to 68 feet without a problem in just about every state east of the mississippi. The next rig will definitely be 70 feet. 45 foot rig plus 24 foot enclosed trailer with extended tongue. I won't think twice about it and I've never had a problem getting through even some of the tightest stuff. Like I tell my racers, worry about your own program and not the other guys.
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We don't take it all with us. Just the toys we want to play with when we get there. The bigger toys sometime need to be repaired, so tools and parts are needed. Not everyone likes to play shuffle board or play cards.
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I have run close to 125000 miles between two rigs at roughly 67 to 68 feet without a problem in just about every state east of the mississippi. The next rig will definitely be 70 feet. 45 foot rig plus 24 foot enclosed trailer with extended tongue. I won't think twice about it and I've never had a problem getting through even some of the tightest stuff. Like I tell my racers, worry about your own program and not the other guys.
We are 42+24, just like you described, but with tongue and BS it comes out to 72ft. Have been through just about every state, and zero problems.
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In my case, if I get stopped, I'll just tell the LEO to talk with my wife. I was happy with the 22' open trailer I had, but when I saw the ad for a 26', 10 year old ATC enclosed trailer with only 6000 miles on it with a 5.5kw commercial generator, air compressor, ac on the roof and an electric awning for less than half of what my son had just paid for a 24' ATC, my wife said "what are you waiting for?" So it's her trailer and I just pull it for her. Not sure if it will help, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Cally will bust you if over 65'

Couple of months ago California CHP stopped my buddy's 40' MH pulling a 24' enclosed trailer and pulled out a measuring tape and told him if he was an inch over 65' he was dead meat. Happened nearby the Palm Springs area on the I-10.
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Couple of months ago California CHP stopped my buddy's 40' MH pulling a 24' enclosed trailer and pulled out a measuring tape and told him if he was an inch over 65' he was dead meat. Happened nearby the Palm Springs area on the I-10.
This is one of the reasons I am reluctant to travel in CA. However, some friends, who are all over 70+' long, run from Parker into Johnson Valley for off roading and have not had any problems. Some LEO's have "Little Man Syndrome" and like to flex their authority, while others like to see out of state people come to CA a spend money. It's just something to be aware of.
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California has always been tough on over length... period. Any RVer going through there should understand they can demand you unhook and have wrecker tow your trailer off the highway or out of the state plus a fine.
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