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RussOnTheRoad

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Posted: 10/21/13 09:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very recently I came across a Coachmen brochure which mentioned that some states restrict access on some or all roads to vehicles which are 96" or less in width. Looking into this further I found a document that listed 22 states (by my count) which restrict vehicles to 96" in width on non-designated roads. Tennessee restricts vehicles to 96" in width on all roads.

My newly acquired Coachmen Freelander 30 QB is 100" in width. So I'm wondering what real world concerns I should have.

Has anybody ever been ticketed for having a vehicle that is too wide? Has anybody ever had their vehicle measured? Has anybody been forced to have their RV towed out of a state where they were in violation of the law or been told to drive to the nearest border?

Is this something I should be concerned about or should I not worry about it as I plan my cross country voyage?

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Posted: 10/21/13 09:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As you can see on my map I've been a few places. Never had a problem with my "wide-body" coach.


Yep, actually drove to all of these places---in the last eight years. Missed Rhode Island and New Jersey.


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I see them standing on the side of the road with a tape measure all the time.

Just kidding.

There are plenty of other things one needs to be concerned about more so than your vehicle being a couple inches wider than allowed. I can't imagine anybody has ever been stopped. JMO


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Posted: 10/21/13 10:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

powderman426 wrote:

I see them standing on the side of the road with a tape measure all the time.

Just kidding.

There are plenty of other things one needs to be concerned about more so than your vehicle being a couple inches wider than allowed. I can't imagine anybody has ever been stopped. JMO
X 2...Who's going to notice an extra 2" on each side??

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Posted: 10/21/13 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A lot of fivers and MHs are 102" wide. Our fiver is listed as 101", but that does not include the awning. Never heard of it being an issue.


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The only time I have heard of this being an issue is if a side-swipe occurs. Then it becomes yet-another-citation...

It would be possible for an Officer to pull you over on "X" (speeding, what-ever) and use this as yet-another-citation...

As for random checks, never happens


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Posted: 10/21/13 10:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with the above posts.

Just watch bridges that are under construction/repair where they close one lane. It is sometimes very narrow.


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I was curious and found some interesting readingHere. It seems many of the newer rvs are indeed breaking the law. I'm going to tell on you. Lol

N7Bsn please take notice where he states that even an accident doesnt pose a problem. It just isn't being enforced.

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Only place you might run into a problem being over 96" is on some of the old 2 lane roads. I know here in MI they have been widen the roads when they come due for new surfaces since most new school buses are 102" and it can be a little tight on an old 18' wide county road when you meet the local farmer in his combine! I've never heard of anyone being stopped except for several old 10' high bridges that have not yet been replaced.





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Kentucky was one of the state listed as having narrower width requirements in that link, but that isn't true.

Kentucky statute

A recreational vehicle that is one hundred two (102) inches in width and is registered under KRS 186.050, 186.655, or an equivalent statute from another state shall have access to any public state-maintained highway in Kentucky

powderman426 wrote:

I was curious and found some interesting readingHere. It seems many of the newer rvs are indeed breaking the law. I'm going to tell on you. Lol

N7Bsn please take notice where he states that even an accident doesnt pose a problem. It just isn't being enforced.


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