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What is a wide-body RV?

A wide-body RV is one with an external body width greater than 96 inches (8 feet). The most common wide-body widths are 100" and 102". On some models, equipment such as mirrors, lights, and awning mechanisms may extend farther than the body width.

Most large motor homes, fifth wheels, and travels trailers being manufactured today are 102" wide. The wider body permits a more spacious floor plan for snowbirds, fulltimers, and others with longer travel plans.

Before buying a wide-body RV, be sure to check the maximum widths allowed on the roads in the jurisdictions you plan to travel.

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