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Are wide-body RV's legal on all roads?

Though rarely enforced, a vehicle wider than 96" is not legal on all U.S. public roads. Interstates are regulated by the federal government and allow vehicles up to 102" wide. The 102" maximum is often exceeded by awning mechanisms attached to the side of wide-body RV's, making them illegal in most jurisdictions.

We have noticed a recent trend by some states to allow awning mechanisms to exceed the maximum width. One such state is Maryland. See the following excerpt from page 77 of the Maryland Motor Carrier Handbook, dated 10/1/2005:

MAXIMUM VEHICLE WIDTH - HEIGHT - LENGTH - COVERING LOADS The width of a motor home or travel trailer shall be exclusive of retractable awnings installed by the vehicle manufacturer or dealer provided that the awnings do no extend more than six inches from each side of the vehicle.

The above is an illustration of a recent trend by a small number of states—we are by no means implying that legalization of over-the-limit awnings are imminent on all roads. You, as the operator of a wide-body RV, are taking a risk of being ticketed when driving a recreational vehicle wider than 96".

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