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Old 10-28-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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State Law's on RV & Tow length

We have the new 44U Entegra Aspire. The RV & tow car measures 65' bumper to bumper. Is there any states we should be concerned about because of the state laws on length

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Old 10-28-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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Here's just one of the sites that have some information on the laws for different states. Almost all states have a reciprocity agreement with the other states, meaning that as long as you are legal in your home state you should be legal in the other states.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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RVSAFEY is a good source but I am not so sure about reciprocity regarding length. Also...that site is a reference but not guaranteed to be accurate. As an example, the link to CA DOT is not correct. Here is a link you should find informative. 45' Bus & Motorhome Restricted Routes
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Reciprocity applies to driver licenses, but one must be in conformance with the other vehicle laws of the states through which one travels, including overall length, weight, axle loadings and other such restrictions.

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Reciprocity only applies to driver's license, vehicle registration and insurance. Here's another source for length, and other, restrictions:
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Many sites and many people on various RV forums will interpret state laws regarding trailers as the same as towing an automobile or as a commercial vehicle (ie brakes and braking systems etc.) Not the same. I have never seen, and I don't recall reading of an RVer getting nailed for length violations. I suspect if push came to shove you could get ticketed.
As far as reciprocity on length - don't think so
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Many sites and many people on various RV forums will interpret state laws regarding trailers as the same as towing an automobile or as a commercial vehicle (ie brakes and braking systems etc.) Not the same.
I checked the laws in New York, and there are no specific laws regarding cars being towed behind motorhomes, regarding braking requirements vs toad weight, etc. In NY, the law does interpret toads the same as a trailer (I had a conversation with NYDMV on this issue).

I'm sure every state may be different regarding how toads are treated w.r.t. towing laws, etc. Go figure.
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It would seem that Texas considers a towed car to be a trailer. Texas Transportation Code, Title 7, Subtitle B, Chapter 541, Subchapter C, Section 541.201(20):

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(20) "Trailer" means a vehicle, other than a pole trailer, with or without motive power:
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It's good that you are aware that length might be an issue in some states, but I don't think you'll ever be stopped for it unless you're on a specific road that has limitations (like in California) Some tollbooths have length marks as you pull though the lanes, but again, I've never known anyone pulled over for a violation. It most likely would come up in an accident investigation, then they might cite you on it if you are violating their limits. If a cop ever made an issue of it, offer to disconnect the toad and have your partner drive it. Years ago I repeatedly drove a converted school bus with a 22' canoe trailer on it through all the tollbooths on toll roads around Chicago. We were over 60' in length but no one ever batted an eye.
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The maximum combination length in Maryland is 62' but I have not seen anyone ticketed yet.
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IMHO BFlinn181 brought up the real potential problem if you're not in compliance with each state's applicable regulations, and that is possible liability in case of an accident.

I think everyone here would agree that most people that don't own an RV think that those that do are financially very well off.

Here's a situation that I think all of us have experienced, and that is when we're on a freeway in heavy city traffic, and a vehicle will cut in front of us attempting to get over to an exit lane, and then have to slam on their brakes when they can't get into that lane. We could be doing everything legal, but what might happen if we were to actually hit one of these idiots and cause not only property damage, but personal injuries.

I have been running a dash camera for a number of years now to hopefully be able to offer that as proof that the other driver cut in front of me. So I might be protected in that aspect, but what would happen if the other vehicles occupant's attorney dug a little deeper and found that I was 2' over the state's length restriction?
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It would seem that Texas considers a towed car to be a trailer. Texas Transportation Code, Title 7, Subtitle B, Chapter 541, Subchapter C, Section 541.201(20):
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And here in WA a trailer is a vehicle designed to be towed and without any motive power.
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"Trailer" includes every vehicle without motive power designed for being drawn by or used in conjunction with a motor vehicle constructed so that no appreciable part of its weight rests upon or is carried by such motor vehicle, but does not include a municipal transit vehicle, or any portion thereof.

And here in WA a trailer is a vehicle designed to be towed and without any motive power.
A car in tow only has motive power from the vehicle towing since the engine is off and out of gear. In addition the base plate and tow bar are "designed for being drawn by or used in conjunction with a motor vehicle constructed so that no appreciable part of its weight rests upon or is carried by such motor vehicle."

Seems to me a Toad meets the definition of a Trailer --- in Washington.
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