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I'm curious what length of machine you guys are comfortable with hauling crossways on a trailer, my 800's fit fine on an 8' trailer but with the bumpers hang out probably 9" or so on each side. Anyone ever been ticketed for overwidth? It makes me a bit nervous in more crowded roads and streets but in reality there is still plenty of room. I'm seriously considering building a ******* toy hauler with a slide in camper in front and both rzr's on the trailer behind it, but they'd have to be sideways to all fit when I take both machines. I could get a longer trailer but I have a well built 24' gooseneck now and don't want to get rid of it.

Take off the bumpers front and back and it wouldn't be an issue, but I like the bumpers lol.
 

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One of my friends insists on hauling his 900xp sideways with a jeep behind it with a 7k lb car trailer.
The rzr has a front bumper and a rear bumper that has a tire carrier on it. He is stupid wide..
Ive preached and preached to him, he's young and eventually he'll have issues. Learn the hard way i guess.

Ive seen plenty of people do it, but width is 100% an issue and it is something that needs to be payed attention to, for sure.
 

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Officially, anything over 8.5’ wide is an oversize load. It is not very likely that you would get ticked for being wider, but if you do, it will be expensive. It requires expensive permits, and very specific rules to follow.
 

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I haul a 900 trail that has a spec size of 105" cross loaded. With bumper I am a little wider but I am comfortable doing this. At this point I have a total of about 4000 miles hauling this way.

I will say that it is loaded on the back of an HDT so it may appear not as large as on a pick up or trailer. My mirrors still stick out further than my loaded machine.

I did haul an Arctic Cat Trail from WA to AZ and back cross loaded. I did not realize how large it was when I agreed to haul it, it has a spec of 110". While I did it that one time, I will not purposefully do it again.
 

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You've said 9" or so on each side, so 9.5' plus two "or so's". At 10' some states require an escort vehicle. I'm sure you're managing safety appropriately, and you could probably go years and be fine. But something goes wrong, or you get the wrong cop, and it could get really expensive fast. I think most police would consider that big an infraction intentional, and so an invitation to make your life hard. I suppose there are a few out there that would put you out of service on the spot or impound the trailer on the spot.

There is also today's lynch mob mentality. Pick off the wrong race/religion/gender/whatever whilst they are riding a bike and in this world you might be charged with everything the DA can think of. It could end up being a long list for I don't see how you can claim you were "accidentally" that wide. Which makes everything "willfull disregard". $$$$

Linked called it: Some are gonna do it despite better advise, and of those some will gain wisdom as/ if they get older while others will learn the hard and expensive way. But a few will change their mind when friends ask them to think again too, so..

Luck to you whatever you do.
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Where it gets really bad is if there were an accident, they (the law and the other folks insurance company) would try to put your feet to the coals for being over-width, no mater if that was a factor or not. IMO!
 

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Some good points to consider, everything you guys said is stuff I've thought about. I know commercially there are pretty rigid laws, but it seems the RV crowd gets away with a lot. Some of those trailers would seem to need a cdl to pull. Better safe than sorry, I think I'll modify the machines to fit if I get this built.
 

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Some of those trailers would seem to need a cdl to pull.
Why would a person need a Commercial Drivers License if they are not engaged in commercial driving? People hauling or moving RV's for a living typically do need CDL or at least DOT numbered and have to follow DOT regulations. Regular people driving/towing personal rigs are not engaged in commercial activities and DOT rules do not apply. Other laws do apply though.

Some states do have a variety of licenses needed to drive/haul different loads non-commercially either based on weight or size.
 

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Why would a person need a Commercial Drivers License if they are not engaged in commercial driving? People hauling or moving RV's for a living typically do need CDL or at least DOT numbered and have to follow DOT regulations. Regular people driving/towing personal rigs are not engaged in commercial activities and DOT rules do not apply. Other laws do apply though.

Some states do have a variety of licenses needed to drive/haul different loads non-commercially either based on weight or size.
You are correct as far as the differences according to the law. That's actually my point. If the load is the same, why are the rules different? The rules are supposed to be about safety right? Are people doing it for a living inherently less safe than someone towing a personal rig?
 

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DOT or not, the limit in idaho is 8.5 feet wide. I personally have a 570 rzr. It is over 8.5 feet long, no bumpers(107.5). I won't say it isn't safe to haul sideways but I personally don't like to see it done that way. We need hard rules or 8.5 turns into 9 then 10. Not trying to be a downer but that is how I feel.

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Officially, anything over 8.5’ wide is an oversize load. It is not very likely that you would get ticked for being wider, but if you do, it will be expensive. It requires expensive permits, and very specific rules to follow.
Alaska will ticket over 8.5 feet if they are in ticket mode or commercial vehicle enforcement happens to pull you over. Got stopped with 9 foot plow turned so it was 8'5" to road he tape measured that thing. No ticket but 25 mins and ear full of if sideways and 9 foot accident would be my fault blah blah blah..
Friends car trailer just got hit . 4 wheel bearings , rear light mount. Rzr sideways would have been ugly.
 

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Been hauling ours crossways for ten years without any issues.
 

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Guess it also largely depends on where, when, how far and with what your towing. Oregon and Washington state love to find these kinds of infractions.
 
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