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Old 10-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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Too wide? - Vehicle Width Restrictions

Very recently I came across a Coachmen brochure which mentioned that some states restrict access on some or all roads to vehicles which are 96" or less in width. Looking into this further I found a document that listed 22 states (by my count) which restrict vehicles to 96" in width on non-designated roads. Tennessee restricts vehicles to 96" in width on all roads.

My newly acquired Coachmen Freelander 30 QB is 100" in width. So I'm wondering what real world concerns I should have.

Has anybody ever been ticketed for having a vehicle that is too wide? Has anybody ever had their vehicle measured? Has anybody been forced to have their RV towed out of a state where they were in violation of the law or been told to drive to the nearest border?

Is this something I should be concerned about or should I not worry about it as I plan my cross country voyage?

Thanks.
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They don't consider the mirrors as part of the width.

I'm 96' wide but my mirrors and awnings go out several inchs over that...not a problem.

Don't worry about it.
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They don't consider the mirrors as part of the width.

I'm 96' wide but my mirrors and awnings go out several inchs over that...not a problem.

Don't worry about it.

Rules of the Road

Anyone here from New Hampshire who can comment on what appears to be a no exception 96" max.
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I bet most leo's couldn't tell if your over the limit, doubt they have room for a tape on that belt with all their other tools of the trade.
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Very recently I came across a Coachmen brochure which mentioned that some states restrict access on some or all roads to vehicles which are 96" or less in width. Looking into this further I found a document that listed 22 states (by my count) which restrict vehicles to 96" in width on non-designated roads. Tennessee restricts vehicles to 96" in width on all roads.

My newly acquired Coachmen Freelander 30 QB is 100" in width. So I'm wondering what real world concerns I should have.

Has anybody ever been ticketed for having a vehicle that is too wide? Has anybody ever had their vehicle measured? Has anybody been forced to have their RV towed out of a state where they were in violation of the law or been told to drive to the nearest border?

Is this something I should be concerned about or should I not worry about it as I plan my cross country voyage?

Thanks.
On the bold, this would mean most semi trailers running on their road system would be illegal? Betting what you saw was based on some old information....
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I've never been stopped and measured towing my 102" wide RV, nor have I ever heard of anyone who has. Anything is possible, though, so I'm sure someone somewhere has a horror story.....

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I'm not sure how they measure mine but the specifications sheet says 8.5.5" which is 107". I have never been stopped. (108 if that extra .5 is 1/2 foot.)
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Wayne. I think your 8.5.5 specification = 8' 5&1/2" which is 101.5 ". You got a half inch to spare Bro! We just gotta remember to keep the slides in while drivng down the road.

The max width regulation normally does not include "safety equipment", meaning mirrors.
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Wayne. I think your 8.5.5 specification = 8' 5&1/2" which is 101.5 ". You got a half inch to spare Bro! We just gotta remember to keep the slides in while drivng down the road.

The max width regulation normally does not include "safety equipment", meaning mirrors.
Hi Nick,
I posted it exactly as it came off the specification sheet that I searched on. The specification sheet that came with my MH states "Exterior Width 102"."
So the 8.5.5" would be 102" + 5" = 107" nothing to spare and not including safety equipment.

I'll stick with my spec sheet of 102"

I have actually seen RV's moving down the highway with slides open. When I say RV's specifically TT's and 5er's. One 5'er was on the Atchafalaya Basin bridge on I-10. He was traveling real, real slow and had traffic backed up. Guess he didn't want to stop on the bridge. It's 18.2 miles long and nowhere to stop, two lanes in each direction.

Here is the Winnebago Spec Sheet
I have the 39W.
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I have seen this type of measurement in boat building - feet,inches,eigths
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I bet most leo's couldn't tell if your over the limit, doubt they have room for a tape on that belt with all their other tools of the trade.
Actually, most do have tape measurers, just not on the belt. That's what the trunk is for. Lol. But, what they don't have is a desire to ride down road looking for tts that are a couple inches too wide. Too boring. Ha.
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" 102 is legal on all interstates .. A truck/trailer ( of 102" ) is allowed to exit the interstate for fuel or a delivery point . I'm not sure if our RV's are operating in a gray area or if we are perfectly legal .. Another issue , trucks are allowed a certain amount of inches for safety
appliances ie: mirrors ,clearance lights .. Most likely the inches that my mirrors stick out may exceed that specification not to mention the awnings . Perhaps someone
that has read the latest federal or DOT rules will chime in .
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I would doubt in the history if RVing no one has received a ticket for that
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