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Old 06-03-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Length...

Has anybody had any issues with registering their 5th wheel with the your state because of length? A CDL licensed friend of mine is saying I could have problems with registering my 38GK when we move to Florida next year, as Florida has a max length of 40 feet while the 38GK just comes in at under 42 feet. Or is this length issue just for commercial vehicles?

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Our Pinnacle by Jayco's specs is 40' 4", no issue registering in Florida
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Welcome to the RV world of inconsistent rules. In a blink of an eye (crossing state borders), you go from law abiding citizen to a criminal. The problem, I've yet to meet a politician, local, state or federal who is an avid RVer. It is hard to participate in politics and write laws from brilliant to unnecessary to idiotic on the road and away from the "halls of power".
So you have a situation where some states have "no fifth length specified",
"most with 40 feet Florida included", "New York with 48' max", "North Dakota with 53' max" and North Carolina still in the whip and buggy mindset "with 35' max".
The rest of the states run a gamut of those lengths.
Favorite trick of those of us who run "big-ins" is to offer minimum information and find a DMV in a backwater town where the clerk is not too "inquisitive".

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If you are legally licensed to tow the class vehicle in your home state, you are legally licensed to tow it in other states. With that said, you do have to abide by each states limits on max length, weight, speeds, double tow, etc.

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Old 06-03-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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with this website State Towing Laws for RVs

most break laws just on the width of the trailer besides the length.

Here is an article if it helps any:
Is Your RV Too Wide To Legally Be On The Road Without An Oversized Load Permit? - The Fun Times Guide to RVing

So after you read the article and several of the links, why is DRV making 10' wide trailers? are we suppose to get "Wide Load" permits from each state or as it reads in each county depending on the state?

Just my 35˘ which use to buy a cup of coffee! LOL
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with this website State Towing Laws for RVs

most break laws just on the width of the trailer besides the length.

Here is an article if it helps any:
Is Your RV Too Wide To Legally Be On The Road Without An Oversized Load Permit? - The Fun Times Guide to RVing

So after you read the article and several of the links, why is DRV making 10' wide trailers? are we suppose to get "Wide Load" permits from each state or as it reads in each county depending on the state?

Just my 35˘ which use to buy a cup of coffee! LOL
The 102 inch is including any awnings. SO, if your 102 in rig has an awning, you are illegal on interstate also. Only thing allowed over 102in(without permit) is mirrors and marker lights.
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any sites other than official state sites are suspect and usually incorrect...
so go to the Florida statutes to tell (or believe the poster from Florida that said you'd be fine !)

316.515 - - 2011 Florida Statutes - The Florida Senate

WIDTH LIMITATION.—The total outside width of any vehicle or the load thereon may not exceed 102 inches

HEIGHT LIMITATION.—No vehicle may exceed a height of 13 feet 6 inches

LENGTH LIMITATION.—combination of vehicles may not exceed a total length of 65 feet....
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any sites other than official state sites are suspect and usually incorrect...
so go to the Florida statutes to tell (or believe the poster from Florida that said you'd be fine !)

316.515 - - 2011 Florida Statutes - The Florida Senate

WIDTH LIMITATION.—The total outside width of any vehicle or the load thereon may not exceed 102 inches

HEIGHT LIMITATION.—No vehicle may exceed a height of 13 feet 6 inches

LENGTH LIMITATION.—combination of vehicles may not exceed a total length of 65 feet....
Thanks this helps a lot.
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Glad to help !

(and hope it's correct help )
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The 102 inch is including any awnings. SO, if your 102 in rig has an awning, you are illegal on interstate also. Only thing allowed over 102in(without permit) is mirrors and marker lights.
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The total outside width of a noncommercial travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper, motor home, or private motor coach as defined in s. 320.01 may be more than 102 inches if:
(a) The excess width is attributable to appurtenances that do not extend beyond the exterior rearview mirrors installed on the motor home by the manufacturer or the exterior rearview mirrors of the tow vehicle; and
(b) The exterior rearview mirrors only extend the distance necessary to provide the appropriate field of view for the vehicle before the appurtenances are attached.
from 316.515 Maximum width, height, length.— Florida State
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Why don't you check with fl and ask?
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How do they measure the legal length? I suspect it is not front to back. I see a lot of 5th wheels refered to as 34 or 35 foot that are two or three feet longer than that from ftont to rear.

I also noticed that a lot of state require safety chains. Anyone using those?
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from 316.515 Maximum width, height, length.— Florida State
This is interesting. wonder how many other states have this law. On a commercial rig in CA if a small portion of your load protrudes even 2 inches over the 102, it is ticket time. another hidden RV law. is there a book consolidating all the RV exceptions???
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So after you read the article and several of the links, why is DRV making 10' wide trailers? are we suppose to get "Wide Load" permits from each state or as it reads in each county depending on the state?

Where did you see that DRV is making 10' wide units?

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