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Old 08-05-2013, 10:02 PM   #1
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Question Coach Decision Impacted By Toad

Currently we pedal about in a 35ft FRED Super C. We are hoping to soon upgrade to a 43 ft DP.
My arithmetic says 43 ft + 3 ft bar + 18 ft Toad (Subaru Outback) or our other longer F150 Crew Cab, tread upon legal lengths in most places.
Do we need to back down to a forty footer?
Thanks for advice.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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Don't worry yourself about the length. Buy what you can afford and with a floor-plan that works for you.

I've been traveling for over three years now throughout the US & Canada with a rig that is almost 72 foot long. I was somewhat concerned until one morning I woke up next to a rig that was 5 feet longer than mine. it was a commercial moving truck so after that I don't give it a second thought.

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Old 08-05-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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We're below the legal in most states but I've watched for reports and I've only heard of people getting measured a few times. I wouldn't worry about it at all.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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Hi James Macfet,
Welcome to iRV2. Take this off your list of things to worry about. Comply with the law in your home state and leave it at that.
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There are different laws for each state - but, many have set the max overall length at 65' for non-commercial vehicles and non-commercial licensed drivers...so the set-up mentioned with the Subaru would be no problem in those states. I would check my local laws.

Would an over-length RV ever get cited? I don't know, but if there was an accident, it could become an issue.

While a remote risk, there can be a chance that police would set-up vehicle enforcement stations near where RV's collect...equipment enforcement includes weight/length/license checks.

Like, in the mountains near a very popular off-road area in SoCal, police where stopping RV's for this purpose. An acquaintance of mine (who was driving a MDT Super C and towing an enclosed trailer loaded with off-road toys) was ticketed for exceeding the legal weight allowance of his drivers license...His trailer's GVWR required an upgraded license type.

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While a remote risk, there can be a chance that police would set-up vehicle enforcement stations near where RV's collect...equipment enforcement includes weight/length/license checks.

Like, in the mountains near a very popular off-road area in SoCal, police where stopping RV's for this purpose. An acquaintance of mine (who was driving a MDT Super C and towing an enclosed trailer loaded with off-road toys) was ticketed for exceeding the legal weight allowance of his drivers license...His trailer's GVWR required an upgraded license type.

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The area you speak of in Southern California would be the I-8 corridor around the Glamis Dunes Recreational area.

I would stay away from traveling anywhere near that area. The CHP are ticket happy with anyone in that area.

I've never needed to be around that area but if I did, I would drive hundreds of miles out of my way to avoid it.

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