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Old 09-29-2016, 07:08 AM   #15
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Width of class A motorhomes

thanks to all who replied. Will have to take a tape measure with us on our trips to the RV shows. Maybe as we continue to drive it the jersey barriers won't be so intimidating!!

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Has anyone ever been stopped for driving an "oversized rig"? And if so what would they do about it? Its not like it is a trailer load. Its not going to change.
In general whether a rig is considered "oversized" is determined by the rating of the road. Many county highways and surface streets have bridges, overpasses, culverts, and low hanging utility lines that would not accommodate these vehicles.

I have seen trucks (not semis) pulled over because of excessive width or weight on county roads. Those pulled over were ticketed and escorted to the nearest road capable of handling their size without doing damage to the road surface. I have also seen trucks with oversize loads take down utility lines. When possible the loads are transferred to lower vehicles. If not they are escorted to the nearest point they can safely turn around. In all cases the vehicle owners were ticketed and had to pay for any damage incurred.
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Much ado about nothing. 102", not including "safety equipment" is allowed on all the National Highway System (US and Interstate routes), and most state highways (check your state for specifics). County, town and city roads often have a lesser max (96" typical).

Nobody is going to ask, but if you scrape something at the roadside because you exceeded the max, it's your fault. Since it's generally legally your fault anyway if that happens, there is no real difference. You might get an extra fine for not having a wide-load permit if you end up jammed in an underpass, though! I submit that is the least of your worries if that happens!
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Most RVs today are 102" wide and are legal on the National Network road system. You can drive your over-size RV on non-National Network roads under the rules of "Right of Access." That means you are supposed to use National Network roads to get as close to your destination as you can and then use the local roads to get to the destination.

What you should do is extensively use non-National Network highways to go between destinations that National Network highways.

Odds of getting stopped, very low. For commercial trucks, it is a fine that is added to some other violation. For an RV, the issue will probably only come up if you get stuck somewhere.

6" isn't much except in a construction zone. Remember semis, are only 96" wide unless carrying a wide load.

Taking the back roads has some enchantment but can lead to issues. For example, Colorado non-National Network roads only have to mark bridges less that 12'6", a foot less that the National Network 13' 6".
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6" isn't much except in a construction zone. Remember semis, are only 96" wide unless carrying a wide load.
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Wrong.

The average semi trailer is 102" wide. Just read the writing on the back of most of them.
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You are right, the tractor are all 96" wide.
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With our 102 wide and traveling the country we always drove secondary roads including in cities and county roads. We've done our share of construction zones and never had a problem. Police would not even know the inch difference - IF - there was such a rule. Granted, if you were stopped for something else or for an accident involving a narrow space then you might be cited. Otherwise, they're not out there measuring RVs!
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my thanks to all who replied. As I said previously will take a tape measure to the pre owned sales.

Everyone have a good weekend. Bob
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