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Old 09-29-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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Question Maximum Width

Any members thought about the actual width of their RVs??

Most states have a maximum RV width allowance of 102". Louisianna, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and New Hampshire all allow only 96", with 102" on some federal roads (interstates?). The District of Columbia allow 96", with no exceptions. Hawaii and Kansas both allow 108" RVs.

Check out: http://www.woodalls.com/articledetai...icleID=1195129

My SV 263 measures 8' 1/2". My awning sticks out 5". The clearance lights and the gutter spouts both stick out 1". I am on the road at 8' 6.5". Even if I round that off to 102", my travels in rural Maryland have been illegal. If I don't round off that measurement, then I am illegal everywhere I travel. Guess I need to move to Kansas or Hawaii.

How about campers that are 8' wide, with a 5" awning on 1 side, with 3" slide toppers sticking out on the opposite side??
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:05 AM   #2
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Well we're all in the same boat. I just checked the FR site and the Georgetowns are listed at 101" overall but it doesn't say if that includes the awning and awning toppers on both side or mirrors. It's probably one of those laws that don't get enforced until you get stuck somewhere. I know going over the Bay Bridge is a tight squeeze through the toll booths.

Man, now I feel like a common law breaking criminal.

I'm sneeking out of town this Thursday around 4:00 AM before they get wise to me.

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Old 09-29-2009, 11:26 AM   #3
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Most modern class A RVs are considered "Wide body" meaning they are between 102 and 105" wide depending on accessories. It is one of those laws that just isn't enforced, just like the one here in our state that says you can't delay more than 5 vehicles but I have to put up with that on a daily basis on the way to work. I guess the width law must not apply to semi trucks either as I would have to think they are as wide or wider than the RVs.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:58 PM   #4
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This is very interesting. I have to agree that I doubt this is enforced unless you really mess up and they want to tack on everything they can. So don't provoke the inspector! LOL
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:44 AM   #5
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Guess I'll have to move to Hawaii so I'll be legal!!!
Actually my trailer is one of the few they made that's 7 1/2 feet
wide.
It's one of the things that attracted me to it.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:07 AM   #6
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Well I think all of you need to report to jail for these gross violations of state laws.

With my 26RKS I am full legal because it is only 90" wide plus awning. Looks like I'll have the campgrounds to myself since all the rest of you will be in gated communities!!!.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:18 AM   #7
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It is a shame that Forest River discontinued the 7 1/2' models. We were hoping to get 1 of those, but they quit making them the year we got serious about a new RV. I would think that the 6" less of frontal area would make some difference with fuel mileage.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:39 PM   #8
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My mileage still sucks but after 14 years of towing a boat with a wide
trailer I got tired of all the white knuckle encounters.
Every time we met another boat or RV or (gasp!) dump truck or
garbage truck my pulse and blood pressure went way up!

With this rig I can almost forget about width issues. If my truck is
on the road so is my trailer.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:53 PM   #9
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Most states exempt rv's from certain laws, and/or infractions. Here in NC we are also exempt from having to have a weight on our tow vehicle registration that would cover the rv weight as well. A utlilty trailer is another matter. Police are people to, and they're not out to ruin your day or your vacation. Make sure you hook up your safety chains, and all your lights work, and most will never stop you if you're driving safe and your rig looks safe.
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