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Old 05-26-2013, 12:42 PM   #531
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:20 AM   #532
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Does anyone know the actual length from rear bumper to pin? I've not been able to find this information after a lot if time searching.

In my state, maximum combined length is 55', and I'm wondering if I would exceed that with this fifth wheel.

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Old 05-27-2013, 06:59 AM   #533
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I don't have mine yet to measure it but I think it is about 42'.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:21 AM   #534
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Does anyone know the actual length from rear bumper to pin? I've not been able to find this information after a lot if time searching.

In my state, maximum combined length is 55', and I'm wondering if I would exceed that with this fifth wheel.

Thanks much.
I'm from Maryland, also. The fifth wheel is 41' 10" or so a rep told me- I've never measured it. I'm pulling it with a crew cab/long bed truck. Hitched up, bumper to bumper I'm 58 1/2' long.

I emailed with the MDA State Highway Administration (SHA). The actual regulation doesn't limit you to being 55' or less. What it does say is that if you're over 55', then you should attempt to stick to highways and take the most direct route from the highway to your destination.

Not that "I've never had issues" is a legitimate argument- but , I've traveled around MD since July of last year and haven't ever had anyone bat an eye at me.

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Noncommercial power unit and travel trailer combination may be up to 65 feet BUT anything over 55 feet is required to be on specific routes:

1. Interstate system
2. State routes considered authorized "truck routes"
3. Shortest practical route between designated highways and:
a. point of origin and destination on a particular day.
b. for a distance not to exceed 1 mile, facilities for food, fuel, repairs or rest.

Transportation article 24.104.1.m
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:24 AM   #535
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Thanks for the information Brandon327 and ependydad.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:49 AM   #536
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Two other things for Maryland...

1) if your gross combined weight for truck and camper exceed 26,001 pounds (not actual weights- the GVWR of the truck and GVWR of the camper), you are supposed to get a non-commercial class A license. Again, I swapped emails with SHA on this. My truck has a GVWR of 12,300 pounds and camper is 15,825 or something. So, I'm supposed to have it. There is a written and on-road driving test. The state has a nice RV Test webpage and booklet describing the test.

2) I don't have all of the details on this yet, but when I renewed my truck registration a prompt came up online about Maryland's Truck Preventative Maintenance Program and that I needed some kind of yearly inspection since my registered weight is over 10,000 pounds. I'm having a hard-time finding if this is for commercial vehicles or is also for private vehicles. I assume I'll be emailing the MVA shortly.
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Our first trip was great. Only a couple of small issues. The wife had a heater going on the receptacle just outside the bunkhouse and the kids were playing their PlayStation, and the breaker tripped a few times. Will have to investigate that, it's never done that at home. other issue was sewer connection was oddly at rear of campsite and I barely had what I needed to connect both drains, had to use the cheap blue one that came with the camper. The height of the outside kitchen wasn't an issue, thought it would be, must just be the slope of my driveway. So, after the shakedown trip I only needed to buy an additional sewer hose, and ......ordered 2 sets of quadra steps. Will transfer my stabilizers to them. $440 on eBay with shipping RV motorhome camper Trailer 24" Quad Step 27" Drop Foldaway Entry Step | eBay
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Our first trip was great. Only a couple of small issues. The wife had a heater going on the receptacle just outside the bunkhouse and the kids were playing their PlayStation, and the breaker tripped a few times. Will have to investigate that, it's never done that at home. other issue was sewer connection was oddly at rear of campsite and I barely had what I needed to connect both drains, had to use the cheap blue one that came with the camper. The height of the outside kitchen wasn't an issue, thought it would be, must just be the slope of my driveway. So, after the shakedown trip I only needed to buy an additional sewer hose, and ......ordered 2 sets of quadra steps. Will transfer my stabilizers to them. $440 on eBay with shipping RV motorhome camper Trailer 24" Quad Step 27" Drop Foldaway Entry Step | eBay
Sounds like a good time!
Depending on the slope of campsites we've been to the outside kitchen was low or just right with one being very high at o.k.


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Depending on the slope of campsites we've been to the outside kitchen was low or just right with one being very high at o.k.


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X2. Most of the time, it's a little high. Occasionally, just right. And only once where it was low. And once where it was unusably high (but, I also shoe-horned my camper onto a site where I never should have been in so that we could sleep close to some friends- we were at their site the whole time; never even put anything outside).
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