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Old 09-15-2012, 11:18 AM   #15
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Another thing. In Cal. if you are towing you can not use the 1 & 2 lanes so there is now way you can get over to the Car Pool lanes without breaking the law.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:01 PM   #16
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In California there are two restrictions for lane use when towing.

1. When there are three or less lanes moving in the same direction you are required to travel in the furthest right lane only, except to pass.

2. If there are four or more lanes moving in the same direction you may travel in the furthest right lane or the lane next to it.

So unless the commute lane is in the furthest right lane you are not allowed to use it while towing.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:25 PM   #17
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Scarab0088 link is very clear and answers the question. Thank you.

Good points about the lane use. I hadn't thought of that. It is just so inviting when traffic is sooooo heavy and the carpool lane is at least moving at 25-35 MPH to jump in and go with the flow.
It may also depend on the officer. We have driven the HOT lanes (2 lanes) on the 91 fwy to Riverside while towing and have driven by the CHP sitting on the side of the toll lanes just waiting for someone to ticket. We stay in the righthand lane and stay at 60MPH. Either we have been very lucky or they don't enforce the law on that section of the road as long as we have a transponder and are paying the toll.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:58 PM   #18
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Most HOV lanes are limited to 2+ people in the vehicle, max of 1 ton rated, max of two axles and nothing towed.

Best to check you local requirements.

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in dallas the hov lanes exempt BUSSES so theoretically a Class A could use it
although i never have
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:22 PM   #19
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Occasionally we will travel through California without the toad with our 2-axle diesel pusher. We've always assumed that we can, if we wanted, go the speed limit (car speed limit) and therefore use all lanes including the HOV lanes when not towing the toad, correct?
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:27 PM   #20
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h o v lanes.

How often have you seen a wax dummy next to the dummy behind the wheel? Personally i carry a live one. OOOPS! C Wood.
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Occasionally we will travel through California without the toad with our 2-axle diesel pusher. We've always assumed that we can, if we wanted, go the speed limit (car speed limit) and therefore use all lanes including the HOV lanes when not towing the toad, correct?
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I would agree you are good to go - but watch the median signage for MAX WEIGHT rules. It's a county to county thing and is based on GVWR not actual weight. In SoCal, it's not only the CHP, but Sheriff's and Local Po-Lice patrol the HOV lanes too - I think, because of the amount of the fines for HOV/HOT lane violations.

Oddly, around here they don't seem to care if you are speeding in the 'Diamond Lane", but if you break any other rules, they are on ya' like flies on poop.

Be safe out there
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I would agree you are good to go - but watch the median signage for MAX WEIGHT rules. It's a county to county thing and is based on GVWR not actual weight. In SoCal, it's not only the CHP, but Sheriff's and Local Po-Lice patrol the HOV lanes too - I think, because of the amount of the fines for HOV/HOT lane violations.

Oddly, around here they don't seem to care if you are speeding in the 'Diamond Lane", but if you break any other rules, they are on ya' like flies on poop.

Be safe out there
Thanks, Steve! That's a good reminder and great information. We've noticed that in other states too where in some places there will be a weight limit on the HOV lanes. Of course, most will say "buses exempt" but to address powerboatr's comment, be careful as a motorhome, no matter what size, is NOT considered a bus in most jurisdictions. Buses are specifically defined by the law as exclusive passenger carrying vehicles. Public transit buses are also usually exempt even if they are not carrying passengers.
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I know for us in CT, at least going by the road signs, we are too heavy to use the HOV lane that runs through Hartford. I would think that in most places, an RV would not "legally" qualify for HOV usage.
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We live in California and drive a Class A and tow a VW. I called the CHP and asked if we were allowed to drive in the carpool lane while towing. They said 'we don't have anyone in the office that can answer your question, call back later'. That's a big help. Talked with the AAA and they said as long as there are two people in the vehicle I was OK...maybe. I tried doing a search of the California Vehicle Code and came up empty. Anyone have any knowlage of the answer?
You can't use the CarPool lane. Towing in California you can only drive in the two right lanes and you must keep your speed under 55 mph. I use to work in MB Ralph's .
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In California, a Motorhome is actually a "Housecar" in the law.

So, I have always assumed that the automobile rules apply to the MH.

If towing, one cannot use the HOV lane because of the towing restriction.

If I see a sign that says "No Trucks", I assume I am not a truck.
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