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Old 12-22-2009, 05:09 AM   #1
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Did a search on length and didn't find the answer, so here goes.

Just got the latest Trailer Life RV Parks & Campgrounds directory and noticed the state towing laws limit length of RV's to 45'. Many of the garage coaches come in at 46'. Do these have to be registered as a commercial vehicle rather than an RV?

What advantages/disadvantages would come with a rig at 46'?
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:24 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about it too much. I know MN doesn't have a max length law but I don't know about the other states. I'm pretty sure if the state you register it in doesn't have the length law you're fine to drive it to other states. We've got a guy here in MN with a Kingsley and a matching stacker that's 90' total. I'm told he gets stopped once in awhile but he just invites the cop in and shows him around and hasn't ever been tagged.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:01 PM   #3
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For the record, there are no 46ft, its always 45, just call it 45, G
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:09 PM   #4
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I agree, if there isn't anything written I certainly call it 45. For the record Minn. has 13 1/2 high, 8 1/2 wide, 45' trailer, 45 motorhome, 70 combined... not that anybody would enforce it, well, maybe in Calif.

thanx for the input

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....COP ASKS-"HOW LONG ARE YOU OVERALL?"...ROAD DRIVER ANSWER----"ABOUT 7 INCHES ON MY BEST DAYS". THEN THE FIGHT STARTED.......never ask a question that you don't want to hear the answer to......you always say the correct answer - "45 feet-".... geofkaye and the Rivercity Girls....
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Wow, I've been a cop in MN for 25 years and I never saw that 45' length law. I'm not much of a traffic guy tho. I guess that proves it too.
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....BOB86ZZ4.....are you in the rubber gun squad?....every cop knows the 45' law!.....and if they don't the will make it up as they go!...just ask any road driver about that the COPS know and don't know...I learned that in the Professional Drivers Radio Net Work....you know, the CB RADIO!.........with 25 in I hope you have a good retirement and you can look back at chasing the bad guys and laugh long and hard!...geof kaye and the Rivercity Girlz....enjoy your holiday and the best in the New Year....
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Not every cop, NYPD Narcotics detective would not know a 45 ft rv from a 45 ft Italian hero. G
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Ha, watch it Geofkaye, you're right, I could make anything up along the way if needed. Actually, I'm more up on the law books than the average cop in St. Paul. Just hadn't seen that one before. I wonder when it went into effect? Likely the state troopers would know about it I suppose. I work the street answering calls for everything the citizens call us for. I don't have much time for proactive traffic enforcement. We've got a traffic div. that all they do is traffic. I'll ask them if they know the length law. I'm going to start asking around if anybody knows the max length allowed. I'll post my findings.
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Speaking of Mn Cops,...I went up I-35 last Spring, in route to Walker, Mn to pick up a John Deere Tractor I'd bought on Ebay.
Just South of Minneapolis, was stopped by a trooper whom advised that I didn't have the saftey chains "crossed" (between the trailer & receiver hitch).
Well,...I'm also in law enforcement (over 25 years) & never heard of that one.
Anyhow,...after visiting with the trooper for a few minutes, I asked him if maybe he was "profiling" a little. I got an "oooh no" answer but a little sly smile gave him away.
My truck was (is) from Oklahoma, the windows are deep tinted, drivers side & all, and I was "only" doing about 67 mph (speed limit was 70).
It was fairly obvious he was looking for drug mules,...I-35 is a main corridor and anyone not speeding etc,...might be considered a prime.
suspect.
The trooper was also a FTA & had a trainee with him, "demonstrating the ropes".
Anyhow,...we visited (for probably half an hour) & compared notes on working the streets in Mn vs Oklahoma, & I went on my way.
BTW,...we don't profile here in Oklahoma either!!
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