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Old 10-28-2011, 06:30 AM   #1
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Max combined towing length

I am in the process of deciding on an enclosed trailer to tow behind my 40' diesel pusher. It is my understanding that the total combined length in some states must be 65' or less. I have seen motorhomes pulling trailers where the total length is well in excess of 65' and am wondering if my info is correct? Are those that I see just pushing the envelope? I do not want to purchase a trailer too long and be stuck somewhere in a state, unable to proceed due to being illegal.

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:49 AM   #2
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In Illinois it's 60' overall length. I believe you need to comply with laws in your state of registration. Having said that, with a full-size truck in tow I'm probably pushing 68' . Hopefully they will look the other way!
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In Illinois it's 60' overall length. I believe you need to comply with laws in your state of registration.
Nope, just like speed limits, there is NO reciprocity on length laws between states. You must conform to the length regulations of each state through which you travel.

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Nope, just like speed limits, there is NO reciprocity on length laws between states. You must conform to the length regulations of each state through which you travel.

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Rusty has it right, but I have combined towed 76' most everywhere but I don't speed. I would also say if your looking into a trailer your much better off if you have a tag axle. I had a triple axle trailer 26' box with 5' tongue and have since gone to 20' box 3.5' vnose with tandem 8k pound axles. I know before you say it I am only suppose to have 10k behind the RV according to the GC weight or whatever it is. So right now I am at 7900 for the trailer (its a stacker) plus 6k of sandcar and toys. I also use a airhitch and it pulls great and stops great and it turns good without trying to rip the tires off the rim with the triple axle.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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When you say Tag axle do you mean a two axle trailer as opposed to a three axle trailer? I am looking at a two axle heavy duty car hauler with an overall length of 25'.

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NO! A tag axle on the MH, you have a steer axle, a drive axle and then the tag axle (single tire per side behind the drive axle). Me personally I wouldn't pull a enclosed trailer behind just a regular 2 axle MH even thou I pulled a 24' behind a 34' Vectra back in my younger days in 1994 but then it only had a 230 hp cummins and couldn't go fast enough to scare you unless you were headed down a hill.
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do a search for tow length on this forum. ims someone on irv2 recently got a ticket for being over length. maybe it was on the rvforum.net. you must comply with the length rules of each state that you travel through, not just your home state.

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Hi PeteB,
The real concern with being over length is if you have an accident. The attorney for those injured might have a field day with your length somehow being a contributor to any injuries. While I've heard of people being ticked for length, I've never actually talked to anyone who has received a ticket. I think it needs to be a very slow crime day for the bears to be ticketing for length.
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Well I know of one person he is from Ok and got one in Tx because the Tx judge got one in Ok so I guess there is reprosity (msp) I think he said it was $300
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