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Old 01-17-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I am in the process of completing a 28.5ft tandem trailer for hauling a car and a couple bikes or up to 9 motorcycles.

In Virginia the state law says 65' is the overall vehicle length. I was wondering if anyone has even exceeded this before in their state, and if so what happened?

What if you were legal in your state and left state lines? Would you be pulled over even with out of state tags?

Just trying to get some incite. Hopefully we might have a few Virginia cops on here or cops in general.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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legal length for RVs is 65'. I know of no one ever being pulled over in an RV for being over length but I suppose it could happen. I would be more concerned with being involved in an accident and some shyster learning that your rig is over the legal length... You will have left yourself wide open for a law suite .
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:33 PM   #3
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legal length for RVs is 65'. I know of no one ever being pulled over in an RV for being over length but I suppose it could happen. I would be more concerned with being involved in an accident and some shyster learning that your rig is over the legal length... You will have left yourself wide open for a law suite .
yup thought about that also. Why i run gopros when im on my bike/car/truck or rv. This way i can prove it wasnt my fault
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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The length thing has been beat on pretty hard. Go here for a lot of opinions.

Is 70' Overall Length too long?
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Legally you must meet the length, weight, and speed laws of each state you enter. In reality you will probably get away with it UNTIL you have an accident or get stopped for some other reason. Then the LEO's could tack on the length violation. If the length contributed to an accident, you could be without insurance coverage. I've noticed at some toll booths markings in the lane to measure length. Just some things to consider.
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yup thought about that also. Why i run gopros when im on my bike/car/truck or rv. This way i can prove it wasnt my fault

If they can show you were over length it won't matter if it's your fault or not. They will have a case against you.... And your insurance company can refuse to cover you.
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As noted, you are legally required to meet the weight, height, LENGTH, weight and speed requirements of the states that you are traveling through. Some people claim they are never stopped, then you hear of a few that do get stopped, forced to unhook to get to a legal length and find another way to tow the trailer out of state and/or get a ticket.

If you are stopped for any reason or have an accident, it up to the investigating officer to decide if he is going to look at other issues on your RV rig.

I know that if someone like this hits me, I'll be asking questions about the legality of the rig and the operators license status.

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