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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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