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Old 09-29-2014, 08:01 AM   #1
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Wide body

Can anyone tell me if a
1995 Holiday Rambler Navigator 38WD Spartan



is a wide body coach?
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:47 AM   #2
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What do you mean? All coaches-- all large vehicles-- are essentially the same width. The limit is 102 inches. Anything over that requires a special permit. Please clarify.
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Standard width for motorhomes used to be 96 inches. When many manufacturers went to 102 inches--maximum allowed--they were referred to as wide bodies. Ours is a wide body and it does make a difference.
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As mentioned, standard widths were changing in the 90's from the 96" to the 102". Was in a sales contract meeting when an uncle was buying a new diesel coach in 1994. The dealer had him sign an paper, showing he the buyer knew that his coach was either legal in 27 states or illegal without a wide load permit in those states. Old history 20 years later now.
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Did not know all this. Now I do. Thanks.
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Should have mentioned, I understand that the 102" is body width, and does not include the mirrors or awning that are mounted and hang out even further.

What we see in the upgrade for us from old to new was more center of the isle room in the coach between things on the walls.
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Guys, I actually know all that. What I need to know is if Holiday Rambler had changed to 102" with this model.
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I'll have to check my manual to be sure, but even without looking I am 95% sure that my 94 is 102".


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Old 09-30-2014, 07:15 AM   #9
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Only 4 classes of vehicles allowed on the roads (Two on selected roads only) over 96" without a oversize permit.

Motor homes (106) Flat bed tow trucks (106) Most all roads... NOTE: some older roads are restricted to vehicles less than 97" wide.. This is because there is a curve or a tunnel or other feature where a 100+ ride simply will not fit... I myself have driven roads in a van (96") where I had to re-adjust the West-Coast-Jr style mirrors once I was through since they BOTH folded in....at the same time (Designed to do that, trust me I was going very very slow when that happened)

And on rual roads, Ag-eqipment can be .. Well, I've seen stuff well over 12 feet wide on the roads (like 20 feet) and on roads under construction there is a machine that is wider than a lane they use.. in transport mode it "Folds" or goes sideways so it's not as wide.
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I hauled oversize machinery for years and can tell you that our elephantine, overbearing Federal Gov't. requires all the states to allow 102" widths as legal in order to get their highway funds. Any load wider than 102" requires a special hauling permit issued by each state's DOT. There are exceptions. In WI.,and MN. 10' is legal but corners must be lighted after dark. In South Carolina, no permit is needed to haul construction machinery. In North Carolina no permit is needed to haul farm machinery. In all states farm machinery can travel only up to 20 miles without a permit regardless of width.

Each state makes its own laws regarding oversize hauling and each state is different. There are hundred of different laws.

If your RV has awnings and window awnings, they have to be inside 102" and the coach is probably 99" or 100" outside.
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