[QUOTE=JIMNLIN;1180352]I'll disagree on your comment about FMCSA/government/state rights as I remember how it was before the feds brought/forced every state under a centralized size and weight regulation program. In fact the feds are still working on some states trucking regulation programs. before FMCSA we pretty much hauled what we wanted in some states but others were so restrictive that trucking was getting to costly to operate in that state.
This has nothing to do with my post. My post was trying to point out that while the Federal regulation and the Federal regulators donít and are not allowed to put rules, regulations and laws in effect that are the states responsibility and are prohibited from doing so by the separation of federal and state powers.
The Federal regulators will puff up their chest and state they donít regulate certain item when in reality they are requiring the states to do this before they can get the federal funds.
Remember the greatest extortionist since the beginning of time is the U. S. Government.
The real point is the continued abuse of the present regulations may well result in a grant qualification requiring the states to put rules, regulations or laws in effect to require the RV owner to follow very similar requirements as the commercial vehicle.
Remember when trucks were not restricted to lanes on three lane highways? Remember how the truck drivers abused this lack of restriction? Now think about that and take a look at how many states now post lane restrictions on trucks.
The point I am tying to make is if the RV community continues to display a disregard for the limitations imposed by the manufacture of the truck and trailer we will soon have regulations requiring driver certification and inspection, weighing of RV just as the commercial vehicles have.
All of that aside the truck drivers spend their workweek on the highway. They see more accidents or damaged RV than just about any of us would because we make our living doing something else and drive only for personal use. When the trucking industry becomes concerned by what they see they do have a powerful lobby.
The bottom line is I strongly encourage the RV community to adhere to the limitations stated by the manufacturer. If for no other reason than your own safety.
53 years towing experience. Largest load ever hauled on a public highway was 300,000lbs 30ft wide 70ft long and 22ft high max speed 15mph.