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Old 02-13-2019, 09:28 PM
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Trailering a 24' CC from NJ to FL with an 8'9" beam. Permits? Asking for a friend.

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Old 02-13-2019, 09:36 PM
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Me — I mean my friend—at 3” over would not bother. There is probably only a small portion that is that wide.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:38 PM
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I pulled one from Massachusetts to Utah with a 9'7" beam and had no issues. I can tell you as a cop three inches over won't even draw my attention. It is technically illegal though. I know others will probably cry doom and gloom and tell you it's next to murder, but it would take one serious prick of a cop to ding you over 3 inches.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:14 PM
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You know it’s over width. Your risk. Me? I’m hauling it and not worrying. Heck, 8” is really more like 3”, so 3” is like nothing...
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:17 AM
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I would not worry about anything less than 9'6" wide unless you're going to the Keys.
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:05 AM
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This has been asked many times before if you search

Personally, I would not worry about that, I know many people who tow even 10-11' wide without issue/permits
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:18 AM
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I am not saying they will BUT your insurance company could refuse to pay if you are at fault. I have towed over width with no problems, 6" is hard to tell with out measuring. The state of Ohio would fine you if you don't have a permit and $500,000 liability insurance but I see a lot of 9' being towed with out a permit.
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
I would not worry about anything less than 9'6" wide unless you're going to the Keys.
I don't understand that thought process. I watched two dozen boats over 33' go by on my last trip down including several Freeman cats and only one even had flags. I saw him at the gas station and he said he didn't have permits.
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:26 AM
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I am not saying they will BUT your insurance company could refuse to pay if you are at fault. I have towed over width with no problems, 6" is hard to tell with out measuring. The state of Ohio would fine you if you don't have a permit and $500,000 liability insurance but I see a lot of 9' being towed with out a permit.
i think being over a safe width or carrying an unsafe load or not following rules for flags/escort would have to be a contributing factor but if one can get a permit which is a piece of paper and does not have to meet any additional steps/take any other precautions, that does not magically make a load safer or change the outcome, right? i would read your policy.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:08 AM
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To get a permit you have to prove you are insured to prove that your insurance company not your agent has to verify. You only need a escort if you are over 12' wide which is a whole different issue also your tow vehicle must be able to handle the GVW so yea there is a lot of ways a insurance company can say no pay. The permit also states routing so the first thing to be done is to evaluate the tow before you even hook up to it. I am not arguing just stating some facts
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:13 AM
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We don’t have to prove anything between 8’6” - 11’. All we do is go online, put in our name, address, and license plate. Pay a fee ($20 a month). There’s nothing that adds safety with any of that. It’s a money grab for our situation.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by wdlfbio View Post
We don’t have to prove anything between 8’6” - 11’. All we do is go online, put in our name, address, and license plate. Pay a fee ($20 a month). There’s nothing that adds safety with any of that. It’s a money grab for our situation.
exactly so if there is an accident, the mere fact of not having a permit does not mean that not having a permit contributed to the accident
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by wajski View Post
I am not saying they will BUT your insurance company could refuse to pay if you are at fault. I have towed over width with no problems, 6" is hard to tell with out measuring. The state of Ohio would fine you if you don't have a permit and $500,000 liability insurance but I see a lot of 9' being towed with out a permit.
i don’t think this is true. The way it was explained to me by an insurance guy is if you go out and get super drunk and drive and kill someone which you know is illegal they still pay. Same deal. Intentionally disregarding law doesn’t get claim cancelled
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:16 AM
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i don’t think this is true. The way it was explained to me by an insurance guy is if you go out and get super drunk and drive and kill someone which you know is illegal they still pay. Same deal. Intentionally disregarding law doesn’t get claim cancelled
May depend on what the policy says and state laws. There is quite a bit of regulation around insurance coverage and DUIs.
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