Length laws with 5 car trucks?

Discussion in 'Car Hauler and Auto Carrier Trucking Forum' started by crocky, Sep 4, 2022.

  1. prostartom

    prostartom Light Load Member

    Jun 20, 2014
    I have seen some International tractors that looked like extended cab pickups and I have seen them referred to as “napper cab’s “.
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  3. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

    Aug 18, 2007
    ~8600+' and loving it!
    Hey Brian, just some clarification please? When you say traditional Automotive transport are you talking about head rack on a tractor with a high mount fifth wheel, or are you saying stingers?

    The old school configuration is exceedingly rare anyways, and every one that I know of is well beyond the 65 ft limit. The few I personally know of don't get harassed about being over length, which kind of tells us that most Enforcement Officers don't even realize they fall under a different set of rules.
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  4. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Lords Valley, PA
    Yes, high-mounts. Technically I should have said conventional automobile transporter as that is how FHWA defines a high-mount vs. stinger-steer.

    As for the 65' rule, yeah most are way beyond that and get away with it daily. Even myself, Mr. Compliance (LOL) ran my trucks beyond 65' even though there are a few states that are on top of it with Pennsylvania being one. This subject was a topic of discussion at the IATA Meet and Greet I spoke at last Saturday. We even had a PA Motor Carrier Enforcement Trooper come in and address the issue and he confirmed that PA still enforces the 65' rule for high-mounts.

    I personally think the 65' bumper to bumper rule for high-mounts ridiculous. It was a gift when granted decades ago since most tractor trailer combos were still 55' but today it is a hinderance. I think that is why most officers look the other way, even they realize it is stupid when a dry van can be 75' or longer yet a high-mount can only be 73' total including legal overhang. I don't think high-mounts should be as long as stingers, the tracking and turning is so different but should they at least be able to put a modern sleeper tractor in front of a 53' trailer, sure. Maybe limit high-mounts to 75' OAL (bumper to bumper) plus the old 3' front 4' rear overhang as a fair compromise.
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  5. Bo Hunt

    Bo Hunt Light Load Member

    Aug 6, 2015
    My truck and trailer is 80'6". There is NO overall length regulation in any state.

    Missouri is only state that hassles non-stinger car haulers about overhang of a combination vehicle.
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