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Old 05-29-2014, 11:15 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by BFlinn181 View Post
I guess I over answered the OP, a tow trailer is same as a 5th wheel when it comes to speed limits.

Google images of 'house trailers' and you see everything from double wide mobile homes to 12-14' recreational trailers. Definition of house trailer:
house trailer
a trailer fitted with accommodations for sleeping, eating, washing, etc.

Sounds what most are pulling behind pick ups to go to campgrounds.
I'd hate to be on the side of the road arguing with a LEO on definitions. Also, in Delaware, imagine pulling a toad or trailer without brakes at 55 mph and getting a ticket for going 45 mph over limit!
Good point. I think I agree with you as I found the same thing.

I would argue, probably unsuccessfully, that a house trailer (mobile home), is designed to be hauled to a permanent location and set on a foundation with the wheels removed without fresh water or used water storage, whereas a house trailer (recreational vehicle) is intended for liesure activities, designed to make many moves and is self contained with storage for fresh and used water.

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Kind of funny how such a simple question evokes so many varied answers...

My answer is YES.


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Old 05-30-2014, 10:18 PM   #17
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To the point!!!!
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:50 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by burgiebill View Post
I know at one time in calif you could ride in a fifth wheel and not a tow trailer, one difference, I think.
I think you still can! As long as you have seat belts, tempered glass windows and a communication devise to the tow vehicle. I grew up on a horse ranch and we had a fourty foot horse trailor and the first ten feet was a camper. The trailor was equipped with a king pin as a goose neck with ball mount you cannot ride in.
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Originally Posted by Winepress View Post
California is limited to a maximum of 55 when towing or driving a vehicle with three or more axles. In addition if the highway has 3 or more lanes in one direction you are restricted to the far right lane except to pass.

Try and live up to your dogs opinion of you.
Three axle RVs are exempt from the 55mph limit unless towing a toad. Yup a car in tow counts. My DW and I regularly travel I5 and often get passed by an RV towing a car only to see them pulled over a few miles up.
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Originally Posted by BFlinn181 View Post
Besides California, Arkansas law says, "45 mph is maximum when towing house trailer." Don't know if that's only a mobile home or any trailer you can live in. Delaware has a speed limit of 10 mph for vehicles over 4,000 lbs combined weight UNLESS you have brakes controlled by tow vehicle. Kansas and Louisiana also limit 'house trailers' to 55 mph. New Hampshire's limit for house trailers is 45 mph. Ohio limits combined vehicles to 55 mph if over 8,000 lbs. Oregon says any vehicle over 8,000 lbs combined or towing must stay in the right lane. South Carolina limits 'persons pulling a house trailer' to 45 mph.

The above from AAA website:

Trailer Speed Limits | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws
Ohio dumped their speed limit laws that were different for towing and commercial trucks. all vehicle treated equal now.
They did it just in the last year.
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Texas got rid of some antiquated speed limits last year. There was a night-time differential and a truck differential. Both are gone now, so there is only one speed limit on a good highway. Cars, trucks, tow vehicles with trailers now all have the same speed limit of 75 MPH on rural interstate and good limited-access highways. And way out west, the speed limit is 80 MPH, day or night. And the speed limit doesn't change when the sun goes down.

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