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Old 10-27-2014, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Overall length laws: 45 feet, 52 feet and 56 feet? What’s the truth?

I’m in Cali and DMV here says 45 feet max. Most state’s DMV page says 45 feet max as well, however Kingsley Coach and Motor Coaches for Sale by PowerHouse Coach have been selling 56 foot and 52 footers for years now. What is the secret here? I heard there is an Idaho DMV law that gives special permission to run overlength toters. Is Cali the only outcast?
MD police has one too(56 foot): http://www.pinterest.com/pin/515240013589139186/
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:33 PM   #2
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According to THIS SITE the legal length for an RV is 65' in Cali. Take it with a grain of salt since these sites are not always 100% accurate.....
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Don't ask, don't tell. There isn't anything on the title that says how long it is, is there? Just register it and hope you don't get busted by some cop that knows his stuff and wants to enforce it.
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I'm sure some of these conversions have traveled through cali. It would be interesting to hear their side of the story.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:56 AM   #5
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Here is a link I found posted on irv2.com forum:
State Towing Laws for RVs
rv laws by state. looks like 45' is it for max length on a single unit. I know there are longer units out there, I have seen coach builders like Kingsley up to 50'. Anything over 45' you'd be over legal, but the odds of getting stopped would have to be exceedingly slim. The dot guys that inspect commercial trucks have no authority over RV's, and you'd need to find a really bored and/or ambitious regular cop to go "hmm, I wonder if that RV is 45 or 48'", and then take the time to pull you over and actually get out the tape measure. They both have plenty of ordinary law breakers to keep them busy with far less effort. There are a ton of guys on that forum with pusher/stacker combos in the 70-80' combined (65' is legal) range that claim towing all over the country like that for years with no issues. I've never been to CA, but they are reputed to be pretty tough on oversize rigs there. I'm assuming of course that the driver of a rig like that is smart enough to not get into a situation where you are stuck and blocking traffic in some tight place you should not be in the first place, where the cops get called to direct traffic around you or some such.
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A lot of times you can get away with being over length, over weight, or over width as long as you are not doing it blatantly or drawing attention to yourself. In other words drive normal and most LEOs won't even give you a second look. A lot of people driving RVs don't really know if they are legal size or not. Just look at the number of people pulling trailers with a 1/2 ton truck! Some can be legal, but a lot are over the axle weight ratings or the mfgr's gross vehicle weight rating. Minnesota RV laws do recognize the GVW as a weight limit.
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Thanks, this is mind boggling:
North Dakota: Motor Home Length: 50'
Wyoming: Motor Home Length: 60'
Yukon Territory:Motor Home Length: 26m (85'???)
California:Motor Home Length: 45'. Some exceptions or restrictions.( my question; what does this means)
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According to THIS SITE the legal length for an RV is 65' in Cali. Take it with a grain of salt since these sites are not always 100% accurate.....
Ha, that is not for single units. I'm specifically looking at single units.
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Don't ask, don't tell. Trust me.
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Don't ask, don't tell. Trust me.
There ya go. Act?? innocent!!
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