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Old 05-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #21
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Federal law requires taillights, turn signals, brake lights, side marker lights and reflectors on the side and rear of all trailers. Recreational vehicle sizes are unregulated by the federal government. Each state establishes its own regulations regarding travel trailers and fifth-wheel campers on its roadways. Driving in a carpool lane and triple towing are typically prohibited. It's important to review the laws of each state through which you'll be traveling.

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  • Generally, the maximum combined length of two vehicles is 65 feet with a maximum single trailer length of 40 feet. In Washington, D.C. and Maryland, the maximum combined length of the vehicles is less than 55 feet while in Colorado, Iowa and Louisiana, it's 70 feet.
    Most states permit a trailer up to 8.5 feet wide and 13.5 feet high. Some roads in Illinois, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York permit widths of only 8 feet. Colorado limits heights to 13 feet.
    Maryland, Massachusetts and New York prohibit propane tanks in tunnels. In New York, it's also forbidden on the lower levels of the George Washington and Verrazano-Narrows bridges and I-95 through Manhattan. Close propane tank valves while traveling in Virginia and New Jersey.
    California, Washington, Ohio and Colorado require the use of chains and/or snow tires during winter months.
    South Dakota requires Weigh Station stops for all towed vehicles, motor trucks or trailers weighing more than 8,000 pounds.


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Old 05-11-2013, 06:31 PM   #22
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Learn something new every day. Thanks.

Oh, FYI - In the Bay Bridge Tunnel they only asked if my tanks were off and did not seem to care that they were 2 - 30 pound tanks.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:40 PM   #23
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Learn something new every day. Thanks.

Oh, FYI - In the Bay Bridge Tunnel they only asked if my tanks were off and did not seem to care that they were 2 - 30 pound tanks.
Looks like anyone with 30# cylinders going thru Virginia are in trouble. Wonder how the MH's get by?

Lou, are you a scofflaw?
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:46 PM   #24
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Looks like anyone with 30# cylinders going thru Virginia are in trouble. Wonder how the MH's get by?

Lou, are you a scofflaw?
I used to be law abiding. Now I found out I am a criminal.

Time to rob a bank; heck, in for a nickle...
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:52 PM   #25
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I used to be law abiding. Now I found out I am a criminal.

Time to rob a bank; heck, in for a nickle...
And to think I shared a picnic table in Plant City with Ms. Laura, Frankie and a criminal. I guess we are all to be considered accomplices for associating with you. tsk, tsk, tsk. The shame of it all.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:53 PM   #26
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This is new to me.

When traveling down the road and wanting to keep the refrigerator cold using LP, do I have to have the 12 volt electric disconnect ON in the trailer to get the ignitor to fire the propane for the fridge or does the tow vehicle being hooked up to it fire the ignitor for the LP on the fridge and the disconnect can be left off.
if ur referring to the disconnect near the 12 volt fuze panel, that disconnects the fuse panel from the battery and whatever charges the battery (ie tow vehicle). the only things that stay live are motors used to deploy slides, landing gear, and possibly the (propane?) detector inside the trailer. ( that may be an ammonia detector not sure).
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:28 PM   #27
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And if you have a blowout you could go in a ditch.

If it was a problem, with the thousands and thousands towing with the propane on, the highways would be littered with blown up rv's and it would be all over the national news.
X2 in an accident serious enough to compromise the propane lines and pipe. It would already be totaled and nobody is in there. Biggest hazard is gasoline in your car.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:44 PM   #28
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Live in NJ, never heard of no propane in use. I've been towing and driving propane tanks for 20 years without restriction. Tunnel you gotta pull off and close the tanks?
Heres an update: NJ does have a rule of propane bottles DOT must be closed in transit. This does not speak to ANSI approved tanks with fixed installation and more features. This should answer Herks question about propane vehicles.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:26 AM   #29
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caper, I'm on my phone and didn't follow the link for the eHow article. Does it actually link to the state-specific regulations?

The reason I ask. At 58 1/2' bumper to bumper, I'm over MD's purported maximum. I contacted the state highway administration about this and was instructed that I'm legal and don't need special permits. But, I'm supposed to stick to highway routes and am supposed to take the most direct route from the highway to the destination. Both are when practical, of course.

That said- I'd still love to see the specific VA or NJ statue (on the state's government site) that forbids propane tanks from being open/on with vehicles in transit on all roadways.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:46 AM   #30
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Some, and maybe all, ferrys require you to turn your LP tanks off. We've only been on one with our motorhome, at Galveston Island, TX, and they told us to turn it off.

I think, but am not sure, I was told by someone who was headed to the Alaska Marine Highway Inside Passage that they had to turn off the LP tanks, which can be a concern with the refrigerator during long transits.
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