Regulations questions- vehicle length and overhang

Discussion in 'Car Hauler and Auto Carrier Trucking Forum' started by gkmissingca, Aug 31, 2022.

  1. gkmissingca

    gkmissingca Light Load Member

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    I have built a flatbed truck to haul cargo trailers for local company. Total truck length is 38' with a 26' 6" bed, my trailer is 27' (I'm just under 65'). I'm going to weld a lightweight 5th wheel head to my class V hitch to quailfy for stinger steer up to 75'.

    My current arrangement, the trailer overhangs about 6". One of the reasons I set everything up this way was to load the trailer on my flatbed when I leave CA to avoid the 55mph towing speed.

    In a commercial aspect, what would be the max overhang for my 38' truck? I see truck length limits of 40'. Can I have 4' overhang in the back for a total of 42' (38'+4'), or does the overhang count toward the 40' (38'+2')?

    Seems to be a little abiguity. I understand when you're in the 75' configuration with a trailer, the 4' overhang is pretty standard, but as a straight truck I'm having trouble getting a firm answer.
     
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  3. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    @brian991219 knows more about the regulations than anyone I know of. A stinger carhauler can now be 80’ long with 4 foot overhang off the front and 6 foot off the back.
     
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  4. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

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    Thanks Banker. To answer the OP's question, there is no set Federal minimum or maximum for when in the straight truck configuration even as a automobile or boat transporter. It is a state by state issue with some not allowing any and others allowing several feet of rear overhang.
     
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