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Old 08-03-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Some of us are finally legal

Just read in Family Motor Coaching magazine that some people with heavy RV's have been legalized. Congress passed and the President signed into law (the $105 billion Surface Transportation Bill) an exemption for RV's that have rear axle loads over 20,000 lbs. RV's are now permitted to be the same as passenger buses which is 24,000 lbs max on the rear axle. It is not something that has been enforced (as near as I can tell) but the potential was there. I own a Class A that fits in that category and only discovered the 20,000 lbs limit when i bought a Truckers Road Atlas after I bought my unit. I guess I can now travel to California without worrying about a ticket and leaving my wife along the road in order to shed weight and to comply with the weight restrictions. Don't think that would go over so well.
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Doug, I'm confused. I thought that the requirement or lack of same, for a special RV license is strictly a state issue, not a federal. Are you sure that this legislation provides an exemption?
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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What it means is that you can now legally travel down the interstate highways and cross the bridges with a rear axle weight of 24,000 lbs just like a passenger bus. Passenger buses have always been exempted to 24,000 lbs. Before this was passed RV's were limited to 20,000 lbs rear axle weight. Some people, such as myself, had only two axles and had a weight rating of 23,000 lbs (or something over 20,000 lbs) on the rear axle. Technically, if I exceeded the 20K limit or was pulled over and checked I was subject to a fine. That was why a lot of the newer Class A's had a tag axle installed. Some of the units can now revert back to 2 axles instead of 3. Saves initial cost and reduced maintenance costs for the additional axle and tires.
This has nothing to do with licensing, it is a mechanical issue related to the weight of the rig on the highwaysand in particular, the bridges.
I hope this clears up the issue.
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In short there are both Federal and State laws.. The stat laws have to do with you license (And may also have to do with weight limits, epically in the spring) the Federal has to do with the VEHICLE itself.

In this discussion: The state law applies to the driver
The Federal to the driven (Vehicle)

However that is a bit over simple because some state laws apply to the vehicle too.

Just be glad you are not driving my Brother's old ride, it tipped the scales at up to 160,000 pounds LEGALLLY... Course he got paid to be that heavy.
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Note that the federal rules apply only to the Interstate and National (US) Highway systems. States may still have lower limits on state highways. And bridges may still have lower limits (even lower than 20,000 lbs/axle).
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great screenname Doug. can you hear me now?
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Thanks for the info. I had no idea of the weight limit restrictions which would have an effect on many of us.

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