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sansouci2

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Posted: 05/30/09 07:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Everybody,

In Chuck Woodbury's RV Travel newsletter, he quotes a blog that contains this parapgaph:

"Other states have their own “take” on RV regulations. In Oregon your maximum tow length combination is 50 feet. After that you’ll need a special permit–to a maximum of 60 feet. In Alaska you can build a triple combination–say your pickup towing a fifth wheel, and the fifth wheel towing yet another trailer. Don’t try it several states including South Carolina. While a number of states do allow triples, but have peculiar restrictions on the matter."

Is it true that Oregon has a maximum allowable tow length combination of 50 feet? If so, is it enforced? I tow a car trailer. Should I get out of Oregon as quickly as possible? Nobody has given me any trouble so far?

Thanks, in advance, for your advice.

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Posted: 05/30/09 07:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can only say that even with my previous truck and trailer we wee over length and traveled extensively in Oregon a couple of years ago. Didn't KNOW about the law and nobody said anything to me about the law and we saw a LOT of others who were also obvious violators (but actually had no idea what kind of paperwork they carried). I'd doubt if it's actively enforced unless the violator is extreme or doing OTHER things that make them stand out.


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http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/818.html
Go to maximum size limits, then read the fine print for RV exceptions...

(15) A recreational vehicle may exceed the maximum width established under ORS 818.080 if the excess width is attributable to an appurtenance that does not extend beyond the body of the vehicle by more than four inches, or if a passenger-side awning, by more than six inches. As used in this subsection, “appurtenance” means an appendage that is installed by a factory or a vehicle dealer and is intended as an integral part of the recreational vehicle. “Appurtenance” does not include an item temporarily affixed or attached to the exterior of a vehicle for the purpose of transporting the item from one location to another. “Appurtenance” does not include an item that obstructs the driver’s rearward vision.

(16)(a) A recreational vehicle may exceed the maximum length established under ORS 818.080 if the vehicle is not more than 45 feet long.

(b) A combination that includes a recreational vehicle that is not more than 45 feet long, when operating on Group 1 or Group 2 highways as designated by the Department of Transportation, may exceed the maximum length for vehicles in a combination established under ORS 818.080 if the combination is not more than 65 feet long.


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Looks like a 45' trailer is legal if it and the TV together are 65' or less.

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the guide I have sez 50 ft max, 60 ft with special permit.
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Hmmmmm, I have not heard of that length restriction. I have a 40' + pull my 15' single axle. Call the Highway Patrol to find out first hand.

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Posted: 05/30/09 08:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has to be some loophole somewhere..?? No 45 foot coach towing ANYTHING would be legal if there wasnt.

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I saw a Bus Motorhome pulling a trailer that was as long as it was and just as high yesterday on I-70....it was freakishly huge and long (40'mh pulling 40'trailer).....don't know if they would make it in Oregon.

And a question.....what is a "stacker"??


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Posted: 05/30/09 08:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tow a stacker my total is 75' have not bin stopped yet and we go al over.

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squeakkos wrote:

I tow a stacker my total is 75' have not bin stopped yet and we go al over.


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