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Old 04-03-2016, 12:30 PM   #1
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California 5th Wheel Max Length

I got into a discussion with someone on another forum (a FB page), who pointed me to a AAA website that clearly shows that multiple states, including California, limit 2-axle 5th wheel trailers to a max length of 40'. Is this accurate? I thought that I've seen posts from folks IN California, with longer rigs.... Why would the manufacturers build a trailer that you can't take to certain states?

here's the link that started the discussion: Trailer Dimensions - AAA Digest of Motor Laws
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:41 PM   #2
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Manufacturers build trailers that are too long for states like California because not everyone goes or wants to go to California.

No offense to Californians, I grew up in Carson City/Reno, Nevada area and I lived in Northern California for 5 years and Southern California (San Clemente area) for almost 8. While I loved the climate and many places, I will never live there or camp there again. To many restrictions which serve no real purpose and are completely unnecessary.
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:49 PM   #3
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I don't know this to be true, but don't other states have to honor the rules/regulations where your trailer is registered??
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Not necessarily, it is our own responsibility as private citizens to have an understanding and compliance with the laws of the states we are going to visit. Visit being the key element. However, there are some exceptions.
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With the exceptions of smog equipment and front licens plate requirement (some states require others do not), a vehicle operated on state or public roads must meet the requirements of that jurisdiction.
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I got into a discussion with someone on another forum (a FB page), who pointed me to a AAA website that clearly shows that multiple states, including California, limit 2-axle 5th wheel trailers to a max length of 40'. Is this accurate? I thought that I've seen posts from folks IN California, with longer rigs.... Why would the manufacturers build a trailer that you can't take to certain states?

here's the link that started the discussion: Trailer Dimensions - AAA Digest of Motor Laws
40' is huge, and the few I have seen bigger were triple axle. From how I interpreted that short paragraph, almost all RV's would be legal. JMHO
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All I can say is if this is true, there are thousands of illegal units sold and licensed in CA. All you have to do is search for Calif. dealers selling JAYCO or ENTEGRA products.
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Old 04-03-2016, 02:37 PM   #8
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I understand that some campgrounds also limit length to 40 feet.
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Too far for me to take my trailer so I don't have to worry about it lol
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In Indiana where I live they have max trailer length 28.5 ft and total length of 60 ft ... I think I am over on both counts but if that's the case they have licensed a lot of illegal length trailers in Indiana
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