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Old 10-17-2020, 10:42 PM
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So here in Australia, post GFC, in particular, we saw a lot of American trailers boat make their way down under, as such towing sizes became a real talking point. with most american 7mt plus boats being over width

We often see photos of these huge American centre consoles with a bajillion outboards on trailers behind pick up trucks. so wondering what the towing laws are like where you live

Here in Victoria, Australia. we can tow "so long as your vehicle allows" 3500kg on a 50mm tow ball or up to 4500kg on a 70mm tow ball. no more than 2.5m wide (up to 2.99m wide with oversize flags/lights limits on where you can tow)



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In Wa state, we can tow up trailers to 34,000 lbs, 56 feet long, 14' tall, and 8.5 feet long without any additional licensing or permits beyond your drivers license. In metric it's 14,400 kg, 17 meters long, 4.2 meters tall, and 2.6 M wide. But up to 11 feet, which is 3.3m width with a cheap permit before you start needing escort vehicles etc. 8.5 feet is standard max width and lots of US trailer boats are built to that width or slightly above. I noticed Australian boats are mostly quite small.
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There was an internet famous picture once of a guy with a fifth wheel hitch on the tailgate of his S10 Blazer hooked up to a travel trailer. More recently a guy pulled his mobile home (that's like a 12'X80') with his Chevy Silverado. I'm not saying it's legal, but they will find a way!

The legalities come in with both DOT law (national) and state law. Some states allow triple tow (towing two trailers at the same time, like an RV and a boat) for civilians and some don't. Width is usually 8.5 as that's the lane width. Length is 53' or less on the trailer with an overall length limitation as well before you need escorts. Non-commercial trucks usually don't run into many problems unless it's just egregious disregard of the law or you're dropping/dragging things on the road. But every city has that one cop who's purpose in life is to find the most obscure or stupid law in the book and focus on that as their sole purpose in life. Like the tint cop we have here (too dark, windshield tinting), and the headlight bulb cop the next county over (HID's and LED's in vehicles not originally equipped with them).
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Originally Posted by Furbird View Post
... and the headlight bulb cop the next county over (HID's and LED's in vehicles not originally equipped with them).
If they aren't aimed properly I'll support the headlight cop all day long. Drives me nuts.

But yea you mostly get away with anything that isn't obviously sketchy. The average trailer I see out on the road is in a pretty terrifying condition.
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Most states restrict the width to 2.6 meters. If you are going to exceed that and tow a considerable distance you can get permits.
In Florida, excluding the Keys, you will not get hassled if towing to and from the ramp or towing short distances.
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It seems towing laws in the US are like the speed limit, it's just a "guide" anyone driving at the speed limit will be run over, same for towing, just hook it up and go!
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It seems towing laws in the US are like the speed limit, it's just a "guide" anyone driving at the speed limit will be run over, same for towing, just hook it up and go!
Some areas are more lax about enforcing towing regulations than others and sometimes it comes down to the specific officer. Some officers are sticklers for going by the book and others are more relaxed. Towing extra wide vehicles is likely to get in more trouble sooner, partly because the violation is readily apparent and the officer was much more likely to have a tape measure in his car than a weight scale.

Having said that, it is my impression that if you are significantly exceeding your tow vehicle and/or trailer capacities, get involved in a wreck in which your over limit towing is conceivably culpable, you and your insurance company will likely be paying out a lot of damages.
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Here in Florida it seems like if you can buy it you can tow it locally pretty darn effortlessly. 40ft center consoles 12 ft beam quad outboards. Truck and trailer no flags no poles. See that everywhere.
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Originally Posted by noelm View Post
It seems towing laws in the US are like the speed limit, it's just a "guide" anyone driving at the speed limit will be run over, same for towing, just hook it up and go!
Yeah it pretty much is. We are also "supposed" to get a yearly safety inspection on our trailers that have breaks on them in my state. I would guess most people don't get the inspections and the mechanics don't want to do the inspections.
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In California I would say your restrictions are limited to the size of your nuts.
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