Trailer overhang rules?

Discussion in 'Car Hauler and Auto Carrier Trucking Forum' started by Atlanticus trucking, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. Atlanticus trucking

    Atlanticus trucking Light Load Member

    Jun 22, 2018
    on a 3 car wedge, can vehicles go past the front or rear of the travel? We are operating in NJ/NY/CT/RI/PA/MA mainly.
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  3. dumptruck89

    dumptruck89 Light Load Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    Well out of my wheelhouse here, but I don't think I have ever seen a 3 car wedge in MA with overhang. I'm going out on a limb and saying it's probably a no in MA.
  4. Razorwyr

    Razorwyr Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2010
    Meridian, Mississippi
    Out of mine too, but I know CT says no overhang on a 48' flat.... but that is because 48' is the legal length of the load. A 40' flat can legally have 8' of overhang. I'm not sure about a wedge because different trailers, different rules, it may come down to trailer length or whether or not the load is divisible.
  5. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Lords Valley, PA
    Short answer, no, your combination does not meet the definition of an automobile transporter. Most states will classify you as a flatbed with a divisible load, which eliminates any overhang. I will break it down further as below (NN is the National Network of highways includes US Routes and Interstates)

    NJ no overhang, 53' trailers allowed BUT anything over 96" wide is only allowed on NN and 102 routes

    NY no overhang either end of trailer or up to total length of 53' cargo

    CT no overhang, 48' trailer on all roads except NN, 65' overall extreme length for truck-trailer combos

    RI appears to allow 3' to front of power unit, 4' to rear of trailer, no 53' trailers off NN, 41' kingpin to rear axle
    They don't have a clear definition of auto transporter or divisible load. I may be wrong though.​

    MA I am not sure about, can't find my clear guidance sheet for them

    PA no overhang, 65' extreme bumper to bumper on combinations off the NN, also 96" width off the NN
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  6. mangdriver

    mangdriver Light Load Member

    Feb 13, 2016
    Ma allows for a 4 foot overhang before you need an oversized permit. At least on flat bed loads
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  7. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Lords Valley, PA
    Is that 4 foot for all loads or only non-divisible like pipe, poles, beams and such? The problem many car haulers have that use high-mount trailers is they don't get the Federal allowance for overhang in many states, they get treated just like any flatbed hauling a divisible load.
  8. Tropsnart

    Tropsnart Road Train Member

    Jun 8, 2015
    Pavilion New York
    Running through NY, MA and CT a lot, I can't say if it's legal or not but I see more with overhang on high mounts and ramp trailers than without.
  9. Ziggy319

    Ziggy319 Medium Load Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    It is not legal
    Unless the power unit can carry a motor vehicle.
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