I was stopped one time in Virginia and they ran a tape and checked my overall length as well as dipped my fuel tank. 65' here in VA.
2001 42' Foretravel U320
2007 Bornfree 24 Painted
2001 Jeep Wrangler for 300k miles
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
Susie and Dolly (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) now in our hearts and thoughts
Doodle a Black and Tan Cavalier
Lolly a Ruby Cavalier
If you have "any" advertising, like a sponsor on the trailer or toter home, you are considered commercial and require a CDL, plus appropriate registration and permits. If you are stopped leaving a race and have competed, you are considered commercial and again, require a CDL, commercial registration and permits. NOW, does everyone follow the law.... no, but it is still the law. If a DOT officer decides it's your time, then the fines will wipe out years of winnings. Also, without a CDL, you can NOT legally purchase a over length permit.
It's your call on how much you want to challenge the law. I know from experience, that I personally would NOT mess with either NY or PA troopers.
Bob & Betsy(FishNFanatic) - USN Aviation Ret'd '78 & LEO Ret'd '03 & "Oath Keeper Forever" '05 HR Endeavor 40PRQ, 400 Cummins-Pulling our '11 Silverado LT, Ex Cab 6.2L NHT 4x4, w/2010 Rzr or 09 Polaris snomobile in back. Where the wheels are stopped today
I'm @ 70', toter w/Pace American gooseneck hitch, NY pulled me over looking for fuel sticker, showed the MH registration let me leave. State scratching for dinero will get more difficult to get through. One thing people don't realize is combo unit like mine needs to have GVW,in my case 80k#,on TOW vehicle. Trailer GVW don't count, friend with gooseneck and dually got a $1000 cash fine in NC years ago.
I remember reading on a racing form, probably a drag racing form, that the poster was told that having RV NOT FOR HIRE PRIVATE COACH on the toterhome meant nothing to the authorities in that state.
That state considered that if you raced for any prize money or had any type of sponsorship involved that you were a commercial vehicle and had to comply with the commercial license requirements. Registration, CDL rules, etc.
Unfortunately I don't remember which state.
The reason you don't remember is that it applies to every state. I would look into what it would take to form a not-for-profit. The other trick you could do is form a corporation and rent the RV to your race company. If you are renting it, most states have no requirements for rentals, other than your normal car license.
The Flying Fortress
'83 Revcon Prince 31' FWD
502 w/Howell/GM 16197427 ECM/Edelbrock MPFI,Thorley's & Magnaflows,
4L85E 4 speed, KoniFSD,
6% grade = wanna drag? MISC photos Revconeers Forum
One would assume that you know other racers that have these setups. Or know those who know them, etc. Also, talk to the state folks and see what they say. As a side note you might notice that most semi trailers have a 53ft decal on them and are far less than 80 ft. If they could be 80ft that is what you would see. Finally, you sure don't need a 42ft unit to pull that trailer.