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Old 28-11-2019, 14:24   #61
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Re: Trailering express cruiser... what size?

I tow a Formula 29pc all over the place. It is about 12000 loaded. Its about 9ft wide, and I've never used a permit.
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Old 28-11-2019, 14:30   #62
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Old 29-11-2019, 12:29   #63
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Re: Trailering express cruiser... what size?

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Anyone know what kind of fine is generally imposed - if a boat and trailer is vastly over the width limitation? I know it varies by state - but any experiences? Not a direct comparison, but I once was involved in a case where a commercial trucker went through about 20 miles of MD, without a proper permit, and the fine was something like 7k. It was about 20 years ago. It was clearly a commercial trucking matter, and not a pleasure boat, but it still seemed quite high.

While I’m am a boater and my express cruiser is just a squeak under 14 feet wide, I wouldn’t think of trailering it. It weighs nearly 15k by itself let alone a big trailer.

You may be able to get away with these as most have full living quarters so qualify as an RV. Weight and length are the road issues. Weight is GVWR. Gross vehicle weight rating. The DMV will look at the tow vehicle rating and the trailer rating combined vs actual. Don’t be over on either. Then the tire rating must not be exceeded. The reason for Duallys Your DL May have restrictions, each state has rules.
Next all lights must work, then permits etc. safety equipment must be in place.

As for penalty....well plan on Gestapo type justice. A DL violation will usually get you parked until a suitable driver arrives, plus a health ticket. Over weight will also get you parked, another ticket. This might be more involved if the removal trailer makes the load too high. More permits etc a lot more $$$.

If the boat is used for competition and money changes hands you simply need a CDL with appropriate ratings.there is no getting around this. I deal with motor racers and horse people, they all are under the watchful eye nowadays.

Your best bet is to go to the DMV and just ask what you need to do first before you get stopped. Don’t forget to ask about weigh stations.

To really answer the question a pay and go ticket could be $1000 or more. Honestly don’t push your luck. A friend got stopped with out the required CDL and it was about $500 plus the delay while his dad came who had proper CDL TTo continue the trip.
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Old 29-11-2019, 22:43   #64
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Re: Trailering express cruiser... what size?

There's a big difference between sneaking around with a 9ft load vs a 14ft load.

Typical lanes are 11-12ft wide and standard legal width for a vehicle is typically 8.5ft.

While any officer can ticket a commercial vehicle, it's normally only a focus for specialty commercial vehicle officers.
- So at 9ft wide, your average officer is unlikely to notice you are 6" too wide and even the commercial patrols are unlikely to notice or want to deal with it as long as there is nothing obviously unsafe (not that either can't if they choose to).
- At 14ft wide, you will be encroaching on other lanes and it will be dead obvious that you are over width. Also at that width, many states require lead and/or chase vehicles. Some routes are off limits all together. The odds of a random officer pulling you over just went up astronomically.
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