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Old 05-10-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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Washington state laws re. towing lengths?

Hi we're new at towing lengths (state Laws) w/ our motor home in the state of Washington.
Does anyone know if our 40 ft motor home (Newmar) and our tow car (CRV) will be legal in Washington state? If not what are our chances of getting a ticket on the Freeways and on the surface streets? We are driving along the Oregon coast and plan to stay on the coast all the way up to Cape Disappointment Campground for a few days then head to Bellingham Wash for a month stay then gradually head east for a couple of days in Washington before we exit WA. Does anyone have current experience and knowledge?
Thanks anything will help.
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:08 AM   #2
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Check this link out for the information you want Towing World Official Website

I believe these laws do not apply to the interstate system.

I have not heard of anybody who has been bothered about the length. However that is just me. There is lots I have not heard about. The law is there so it only takes an officer who wants to deal with writing the ticket.

IMO they will not directly target you for length but if they catch you speeding, weaving, driving stupid and have you stopped you could be fair game.
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I've never had an issue in WA. I'm sure Mr-D will chime in soon.
Another member posted the link below and posts after say that members have never heard of over-length tickets being issued.

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Yes your legal in Wa. I'd have to look but as I recall WA is 75 ft where many (most) are 65.


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Old 05-10-2015, 06:41 PM   #5
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We live in WA. We are 59' overall with our 40' Class A and Toad. According to towing world.com your max length is 75'
Truck speed limit on Highways is 60 MPH which applies to all vehicles over 10,000 gvw, although nobody, including Truckers seem to worry about it.
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Just to add my twocents, make sure if your toad is over 3,000 lbs that you have a separate braking system on that toad. they will cite you if stopped.
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Just to add my twocents, make sure if your toad is over 3,000 lbs that you have a separate braking system on that toad. they will cite you if stopped.
Wrong info for WA state. In WA if you're towing a motorized vehicle you become a "combination" and the law goes to a performance spec. Stop from XX mph in XX ft and you're good. BUT the law also requires that there be a way to hold the unconnected vehicle on any normal highway grade. To do that requires an breakaway system with brakes. So in essence you still need a braking system.
As to length see:
RCW 46.44.030
Maximum lengths.

It is unlawful for any person to operate upon the public highways of this state any vehicle having an overall length, with or without load, in excess of forty feet. This restriction does not apply to (1) a municipal transit vehicle, (2) auto stage, private carrier bus, school bus, or motor home with an overall length not to exceed forty-six feet, (3) an articulated auto stage with an overall length not to exceed sixty-one feet, or (4) an auto recycling carrier up to forty-two feet in length manufactured prior to 2005.

It is unlawful for any person to operate upon the public highways of this state any combination consisting of a tractor and semitrailer that has a semitrailer length in excess of fifty-three feet or a combination consisting of a tractor and two trailers in which the combined length of the trailers exceeds sixty-one feet, with or without load.

It is unlawful for any person to operate on the highways of this state any combination consisting of a truck and trailer, or log truck and stinger-steered pole trailer, with an overall length, with or without load, in excess of seventy-five feet. "Stinger-steered," as used in this section, means the coupling device is located behind the tread of the tires of the last axle of the towing vehicle.

These length limitations do not apply to vehicles transporting poles, pipe, machinery, or other objects of a structural nature that cannot be dismembered and operated by a public utility when required for emergency repair of public service facilities or properties, but in respect to night transportation every such vehicle and load thereon shall be equipped with a sufficient number of clearance lamps on both sides and marker lamps upon the extreme ends of any projecting load to clearly mark the dimensions of the load.

Excluded from the calculation of length are certain devices that provide added safety, energy conservation, or are otherwise necessary, and are not designed or used to carry cargo. The length-exclusive devices must be identified in rules adopted by the department of transportation under RCW 46.44.101.

RCW 46.37.351
Performance ability of brakes.

Every motor vehicle and combination of vehicles, at all times and under all conditions of loading, upon application of the service brakes, shall be capable of:

(1) Developing a braking force that is not less than the percentage of its gross weight tabulated herein for its classification,

(2) Decelerating to a stop from not more than twenty miles per hour at not less than the feet per second per second tabulated herein for its classification, and

(3) Stopping from a speed of twenty miles per hour in not more than the distance tabulated herein for its classification, such distance to be measured from the point at which movement of the service brake pedal or control begins.

Tests for deceleration and stopping distance shall be made on a substantially level (not to exceed plus or minus one percent grade), dry, smooth, hard surface that is free from loose material.
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Mr D: I believe that while you would be legal in Washington the braking requirements are not reciprocal with other states. Not sure about that it would stand to reason same as length and weight requirements.
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