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Purchasing a new 5th wheel the length is 40 feet 7 inches.

is the length going to be a problem in most states? 
 

From what I see the majority of states 40’ feet is the maximum length they legally allow.

any information or input would be appreciated. Thank you. 

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19 minutes ago, S.walker said:

Purchasing a new 5th wheel the length is 40 feet 7 inches.

is the length going to be a problem in most states? 
 

From what I see the majority of states 40’ feet is the maximum length they legally allow.

any information or input would be appreciated. Thank you. 

Ours is 40' 5" and many others have units significantly longer. I've never even been questioned about length and I doubt others have been. You MIGHT get more attention about overall length, but even that is rarely an issue, unless you're blatantly drawing attention to yourself. Jay

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2 hours ago, S.walker said:

Purchasing a new 5th wheel the length is 40 feet 7 inches.

is the length going to be a problem in most states? 
 

From what I see the majority of states 40’ feet is the maximum length they legally allow.

any information or input would be appreciated. Thank you. 

Hi Swalker - the 40ft length regulation is usually for self propelled vehicles like trucks, buses, and motorhomes. 
 

Trailers are generally 53’ 

Trailer Hitch pin to rear axle may be regulated on roads with tight corners and hairpins.

I don’t know of any regs restricting trailers to 40’. 
I’m only sticking my nose in because I have a trailer that is 39ft 14inches 😀

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We have pulled a 44', 48' and now a 46'10" 5th wheel for over 13 years now, 9 of those with an HDT and in probably close to 24 states mainly midwest, central, south and southeast. No issues so far, so we must just be extremely lucky. We are legal in our home state of South Carolina which goes by a maximum distance from pin to center of rear axles and not by actual trailer length.

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The 40 feet trailer length limit that you sometimes see on compilations of State law limits on line is typically in reference to bumper pull trailers.  5th wheel trailers use different calculations.  While there are some restrictions on how long a 5th wheel can be, 40 feet is not one of them.  I am not aware of any state that limits 5th wheels to 40' overall length (and I have looked - although not in all 50 states- at actual codes, not on line compilations ).  I currently have a 42 foot 5th wheel and eventually plan to get a 46 to 47 foot toy hauler.  There are no states that these can't be towed in (that I have found).  There are definitely some roads these won't be legal on in some states, but those will be posted and are a result of the road itself, not a state length restriction.

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5 hours ago, Twotoes said:

Chad, max length in Calif (truck and trailer) is 65 feet. Some roads are even less but that is not state wide. I also believe double towing is not allowed in CA but that is another subject. 

You are correct, CA’s overall length limit is 65’, but that is for truck and trailer combination.  CA limits bumper pull trailers to 40’ and 5th wheel trailers to 48’.  The specific vehicle code sections for vehicle length are 35400 VC (sets single vehicle length rules) and 35400.6 VC (sets 5th wheel rules).  This is why I always recommend people look up the actual codes in a particular state rather than rely on an on line list.

By the way, CA does allow doubles, but there are restrictions of no longer than 75’ overall length and no trailer in the combination can be over 28’ 5” and the first trailer has to be a 5th wheel.

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