State Restrictions legal width / height 4 house on wheels

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State Restrictions legal width / height 4 house on wheels

Postby Myke » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:38 pm

I've been trying to locate state laws for building a tiny house trailer to no avail. I've checked DOT and DMV, but nobody seems to be able to help me. I need to know width and height restrictions. Also I've seen mobile office trailers 8x28-32 on a single axle. I only plan on moving this tiny house on wheels one time, so if I could get away with a single axle, that would save money. Does anybody know of a site that would give the trailer restrictions, or who to call to get the information?
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Postby bg » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:47 pm

Basic rundown is:

No more than: 13'6" tall
No more than: 8'6" wide (Including fenders/etc)

USDOT Limits to 10 tons per axle, but a big heavy single axle trailer can be a bear to tow.
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Postby Myke » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:56 pm

Thanks bg, a friend told me something similar, but wasn't positive. Now I can start my autoCAD planning. I agree about the towing being a problem, but I may tow the trailer with just the floor on it and build the rest on my acre of mountain property. Worst case I build it here and tow it one time to the property.
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Postby MOKI SEAKER » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:01 am

I'm not sure but I think Colorado is 14'6" tall. but if you are planing to go i-70 you will have to go over loveland pass. Eisenhower tunnel is 13'6". Jim G 8)
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Postby sdtripper2 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:50 am

Myke:

You may choose to use the resources at TumbleWeed Tiny House Company Clicky
as they seem to tout that they will answer basic questions over the phone.
Having a company that sells plans and or makes the homes, seems like a
good source if they are willing to talk to you as they seem willing to do.

The above website seems to have links that may be of interest.

bg wrote:Basic rundown is:

No more than: 13'6" tall
No more than: 8'6" wide (Including fenders/etc)


USDOT Limits to 10 tons per axle, but a big heavy single axle trailer can be a bear to tow.

The above measurements are for a house without a permit. You could in
theory build different with a permit.


*The link below answers your question exactly:*
This discussion webpage on trailers for the platform of the tiny house
will confirm the data bg has given with more information
that might help you decide on a trailer. Clicky


Here is a site on codes Clicky that may or may not help you.

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Postby Myke » Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:41 am

Thanks for the help. My design is under the limits, so I should be fine. Check me out, less than 10 posts and I got a sticky thread. :thumbsup:
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Postby jeff0520 » Sun May 13, 2012 5:41 pm

sdtripper2 wrote:Myke:


No more than: 13'6" tall
No more than: 8'6" wide (Including fenders/etc)


USDOT Limits to 10 tons per axle, but a big heavy single axle trailer can be a bear to tow.

The above measurements are for a house without a permit. You could in
theory build different with a permit.

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I'm a trucker, and I move oversized loads. As far as I know, the only permits issued are "trip permits" specifying the dates of the move, and what routes are permitted. Travel before sunrise, or after civil twilight (a vague term if I ever heard one) is prohibited. Moving under an oversize permit is also a gold plated invitation for every bored cop to pull you over and check you out. Many state permits are required to be signed by the driver in a certain color ink, and the wrong color voids the permit. :x The permits are pricey, restrictive, and overall, a total "pain in the drain." Best limit it to 102 inches wide and 13'6" tall.
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Re: State Restrictions legal width / height 4 house on wheel

Postby PirateJohn » Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:31 pm

I used to have a company that moved oversized boats. Recently I chatted with Texas about building and moving my own park model trailer or modular home. Sooooooo ...

Up to 8'6" wide and 13'6" tall you should be fine legally and logistically as long as you don't encounter unusually low bridges, which can be an issue in the Northeast.

Beyond that your individual states dictate their rules and those vary dramatically from state to state and often from road to road within the state. Also be aware that most states have different rules for mobile homes, modular homes, sometimes park trailers, and sometimes whether a really wide load is moving interstate or intrastate.

Mobile home movers have the permits and are fairly inexpensive. Your best bet for an oversized load is probably to contact them.
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Re: State Restrictions legal width / height 4 house on wheel

Postby PirateJohn » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:50 am

jeff0520 wrote:
I'm a trucker, and I move oversized loads. As far as I know, the only permits issued are "trip permits" specifying the dates of the move, and what routes are permitted. Travel before sunrise, or after civil twilight (a vague term if I ever heard one) is prohibited.
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Florida used to issue "blanket permits" that were good for moving boats at will up to certain sizes, during specified hours, and not valid in certain areas (Florida Keys as I recall, which had other restrictions).

More relevant to this discussion I am pretty sure that most states issue blanket permits for mobile home movers.

As I recall Texas quoted me $1,000 per year but the catcher was that I had to post a bond (probably since I didn't have commercial liability insurance).

Just FYI. For my project I keep going back to sizes that are wider than 8'6".
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Re: State Restrictions legal width / height 4 house on wheel

Postby rebapuck » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:17 pm

I watch all the tiny house shows on HGTV and DIY. I am struck by how many (virtually all) have protrusions on the sides. Lamps, eaves, folding decks. Surely these builders are not reducing the interior width to accommodate. That porch light counts in the 8'6" doesn't it?
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Re: State Restrictions legal width / height 4 house on wheel

Postby bobhenry » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:19 am

" TO THE WIDEST POINT " what ever it is :oops:
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