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Old 08-21-2012, 02:03 PM   #29
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In Ohio the plates on my RV look no different than the plates on my SUV or my car so there is no way to determine how it is registered by looking at the plate. I guess the frustration I am reading here is that state and local law enforcement have a definition for car, truck, RV, etc. that is not widely understood. If they look at my 35 foot RV that think truck then I am a truck regardless of what my plates look like or what my registration may have me classified.

If I am traveling and I see a “No-Trucks” sign it is best to find another way to get where I am going. The last thing I want to do is get into a definition discussion with our friends in blue
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:25 PM   #30
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On our trip to Maine, in September '11, I saw a sign that said "No Commercial Vehicles". Well, we're in an RV with an rv tag, so I'm thinking we're good.
That was, until the local PD pulled up to my left rear and on his PA system told me I was not allowed to be on the road and to take the nearest exit.
I opened my window and gave him a thumbs up !! Then took the next available exit.....which dumped us off into New Haven, CT. DOWNTOWN, New Haven, CT.

I'd say he did you a favor. I'd hate to try this with my RV . . .

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My son spent the early part of his career as a trooper in the Fairfield County section of CT . . . escorted quite a few trucks backing up on the Merrit Parkway . . . the signs may not stop you, the low bridges will.
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:02 PM   #31
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There can be many reasons for the sign: Low clearance, narrow road, tight turns, weak bridge, or just neighborhood voted to restrict traffic.
Regardless of the reason, if it says no trucks or even trucks not advised, I will stay clear of the road. I just hate getting stuck on a road to nowhere with no place to turn around...once had to travel 6 miles on an unkept dirt road because I missed a warning sign. Took a long time to get the kids to stop rubbing it in.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:25 PM   #32
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I'll have to check again, but my registration on my MH says, "Passenger Vehicle." Texas registration on trucks says "Truck"
My Texas registration says "Motorhome".
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:32 PM   #33
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My Fl registration has MH as body.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:41 PM   #34
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Always good to get to know your, and those you travel through, State laws. For instance, the cited El Camino getting a ticket in Chicago. Well, its a car, no? Wrong. In Illinios, its 2 seats and 4 wheels which makes it a 'truck'. Had a minivan cargo that got licenced the same way as it only had 2 seats.

Then, there are 'Class B' roads and their limitations..
One very good quote always stays with me.."The Law doesn't mean what you think it does..The law doesn't mean what I say it does....The law means what a Court has interpreted it to mean!"

By the way....At the time that I got my License ....A HORSE WAS A MOTOR VEHICLE....In the eyes of the law!...
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I was in the DC area a few years ago - probably in Virginia a mile or so from the Pentagon and saw a sign saying no trucks. I had left a 5th wheel at an RV park and we were just touring around. Passed that sign and was shortly pulled over. This was a one ton Dodge, no camper shell or cover but they considered it a "truck" because it was a dualie (sp?). No ticket but they ran name, registration, etc. to make sure I wasn't on the list of bad guys trying to get near the pentagon.- At least that's what I think they were doing.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:33 PM   #36
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This must be strange for people who own roadster convertibles to be registered as trucks.

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Dont know how that would be handled.. prolly a 'Classic Car' plate?
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Always good to get to know your, and those you travel through, State laws. For instance, the cited El Camino getting a ticket in Chicago. Well, its a car, no? Wrong. In Illinios, its 2 seats and 4 wheels which makes it a 'truck'. Had a minivan cargo that got licenced the same way as it only had 2 seats.

Then, there are 'Class B' roads and their limitations..
So a Corvette with two seats and four wheels is a truck?
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:06 PM   #38
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in california no trucks means no thru traffic. local deliverys are ok. we also have truck routes for trucks. motorhomes do not fall under truck restrictions. trucks are defined as any pickup or larger that does not have a regular pickup bed. some of the guys are pretty tricky and putting pickup bed on big trucks and using them for tow vehicles and are not held to the commerical truck code. we also have weight limitation streets and bridges. generaly weight streets are to keep commerical traffic from using it for truck routes ( if you have a delievery you have no choise). that's here in california
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So a Corvette with two seats and four wheels is a truck?
Never asked... but it prolly has to do with the seats vs wheels vs room.. All I know is my van was a truck unless I put seats in the back, and an El Camino or Ranchero is considered a truck also..
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Some roads in California are restricted from being used by motorhomes over 40 feet. Most 40 foot motorhomes are actually over 40 feet when measured. So, would a 40 footer, that measures 40'11" be restricted?
Mine is a 40E, but it is 41'7" in length. I bought it out of state, and when I took it to DMV they saw it was a 40E, and listed it at 40'. I have driven a length restricted road in California a few times this past summer, which is not posted, so the only way I knew was the web site. The CHP passed me when I was stopping to run into the store, and there was a Sheriff in the parking lot, neither seemed to care. I will almost bet that if I were to get into an accident they both would care. The road was length restricted due to curves, was able to barely to keep it on my side, but it was tight. Just for info. you need a Class B non-commercial for over 40' in California if you are licensed here. I have a Class A Commercial, so I am good to go, but it could be argued I know about length restrictions.
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Different states, different laws. In CA a vehicle registered to an LLC IS considered a commercial vehicle. They were makming owners pay commercail fuel tax or have an IFTA Fuel stamp.
If it is registered to a California LLC, it must by California Law display a CALT number on both sides of the rig, will have commercial or personalized plates on it, and pays weight fees. If it is a privately owned non-commercial used rig it will have passenger car plates or vanity plates, no CALT number, and is not subject to weight fees.
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The no-trucks is a mixed bag regardless. It could be low overhangs, narrow streets or even a few 5 ton bridges. Found that one leading to the main entrance to one campground I was going to. Following their directions the road was passable but did not have a truck restriction however the last bridge before the campground had a sign on the middle of it listing a 5 ton restriction. You could not read the sign until you were half way across the bridge. Driveing a 11 ton RV on a 5 ton bridge like that I thought it would be safer to play on through rather then hit the brakes and throw it in reverse like some were requesting.
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