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Old 08-31-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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What is too long??

We have a Monaco 40'& jeep grand cherokee 2006( because of the n- 23 recall,folks that have dealt with this know what i am talking about)
Anyway we solved the problem ,got a 24' car hauler.Stuck on road need trailer fast, found this trailer ready to go. v-nose extended tongue gave us much needed storage. Well i pulled out the tape measure and we are 68' bumper to bumper. I think i have seen m/h puling 24' car haulers?Is this legal length?
We have gone about 6000 miles this way,gotten used to how it handles,were NOT to pull in to,etc.We have passed state troopers,toll booths,no one has said any thing. Today at a truck stop getting fuel 2 truckers said i was over length.I told them i was private not commercial.I did not want to argue with them fact is i do not not know.
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From what I've read here max length is 65', but many are longer and haven't had a problem. Here's a link to check for info:

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Old 09-01-2014, 04:15 AM   #3
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Well i have found about 6 states were i am legal.Just saw a 45' with tag & 24 ' trailer going the other way,so i am not the worst. Not much i can do at this time i guess hope i do not get stopped .
Has anyone here ever gotten a ticket?
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I don't recall our members ever reporting getting stopped or ticketed for being over length.

It seems the authorities are not interested in non-commercial rigs.

Doesn't make it legal though.
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I don't recall our members ever reporting getting stopped or ticketed for being over length.

It seems the authorities are not interested in non-commercial rigs.

Doesn't make it legal though.

Neither do I. I agree.
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I asked several different law enforcement entities when starting to tow, and I was told that even if I was over the length limit I would probably never be stopped for that reason. However, they also said that if I were ever in an accident that there was a good chance my length might be checked and I may then be ticketed for being over length.
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The plain and simple answer to your question is, anything longer than the max in any state you plan on traveling in, is too long, period! There's no way around that.

Now, having said that, as many have already stated, many are getting away with over length combinations. It's simply a matter of whether or not, any LEO or, State Officer, decides that, "Hmmmm, that unit looks a bit long to me" and, decides to pull you over for a measurement. Now, just how often that happens, who the heck knows? Probably not very often. Any or, all of us can tell lots of stories of how many folks we know or, have seen that are way over length and have not been ticketed.

But, it's still illegal. It's kind of like speeding, you get away with it, 'TILL YOU'RE CAUGHT. Both are "Noticeable" offences but, lot's depends on just what the agenda is for any particular officer, at the time, he or she has, while in your presence and, notices you. If I had to guess or, speculate just where and or when you might get more noticed, I'd say it's when you pass by a set of scales and, there's LEO units monitoring the road ways. But, that's just speculation. Your choice. Good luck.
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One other concern would be if you are over the legal length limit for the State you are driving in and in an accident, you may have a legal suit to face???
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The key to the length issue is what is legal in your home state. some states have longer limits and some have shorter limits. You are legal anywhere as long as your legal in your home state. for instance if your base plate is wyoming the length is 75ft. so your good to go to another state with a shorter length limit, except on specifically posted roads.

Ignorance of the laws is not an excuse. If your in an accident and your found to be over length, YOUR insurance company can refuse any claim you or what someone else makes against you and make you solely liable for all claims. Something to think about.
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The key to the length issue is what is legal in your home state. some states have longer limits and some have shorter limits. You are legal anywhere as long as your legal in your home state. for instance if your base plate is wyoming the length is 75ft. so your good to go to another state with a shorter length limit, except on specifically posted roads.

Ignorance of the laws is not an excuse. If your in an accident and your found to be over length, YOUR insurance company can refuse any claim you or what someone else makes against you and make you solely liable for all claims. Something to think about.
Sorry, this is simply not true. Your vehicle is definitely subject to length, weight and height restrictions of any state you might travel through.

The only reciprocity recognized from your home state are your driver's license, legal vehicle registration and insurance.
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The key to the length issue is what is legal in your home state. some states have longer limits and some have shorter limits. You are legal anywhere as long as your legal in your home state. for instance if your base plate is wyoming the length is 75ft. so your good to go to another state with a shorter length limit, except on specifically posted roads.
Not true! You must comply with the laws of each and every state you go into. There is no reciprocity on these laws like there is on drivers licenses and insurance.
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Not true! You must comply with the laws of each and every state you go into. There is no reciprocity on these laws like there is on drivers licenses and insurance.
exactly correct. no exceptions.
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I do think I'm correct. I Have heard of many out of state over length issues that were not prosecuted because of their base state allows it. Also there is the tinted window thing, cars from oregon, arizona and nevada don't get tickets in calif for driver and pass dark window tint. so don't tell me there are no exceptions.
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I do think I'm correct. I Have heard of many out of state over length issues that were not prosecuted because of their base state allows it. Also there is the tinted window thing, cars from oregon, arizona and nevada don't get tickets in calif for driver and pass dark window tint. so don't tell me there are no exceptions.
I'm not trying to be a jerk, but only trying to make you aware that you are 100% incorrect. The fact that you have 'never heard' of something, or have 'never seen' something, doesn't mean it doesn't happen every day, or more importantly, that it isn't illegal.

I was born and raised in CA and left when I was 60 years old. I saw many CA registered vehicles with illegally tinted windows. Were any of them ever stopped? I have no idea, but even they weren't it still doesn't make them legal.

A member of another forum from FL with a 43' coach towing a crew cab pickup was stopped for speeding on I-8 in CA about 100 miles from the state line. His wife gave the officer some lip about how stupid the 55 mph towing speed limit was out in the middle of the desert. The CHP officer just happened to be a Commercial Vehicle Inspection Specialist, so he measured the coach and towed vehicle and found it to be over California's 65' limit. He made them disconnect, and the wife had to drive the towed vehicle until they crossed the CA/AZ state line.

Whether some one is stopped and cited is not the main problem. The real issue is what happens if you're involved in an accident and deemed to be operating a vehicle, or combination of vehicles, illegally? I think a ticket could be the least of your worries depending on how serious the accident is.

Here are a couple of links that might be helpful:
State Towing Laws for RVs
2011 Driving Laws for the US and Canada
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