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SUBJECT: # 9751: Texas Trailer Width

Submitted by boat-shopper (66.139.10.99) from TEXAS on 12/22/03 12:15:00 AM

I'm looking at a 27' boat with a 9'4" beam. I would like to keep this boat on a trailer, but am concerned that a trailer would too wide for use on the road. I have enough towing capacity for the weight.


Questions:


1) Would this width be illegal?
2) Is it likely to attract a ticket? what is the ticket price?
3) Which trailer for salt water use?
4) Any other comment/advice????


I like the boat, but slip rental is expensive.


Thanks in advance.




  1. 12/22/03 10:12:00 AM Submitted by Roby from TEXAS says wide trailer
    The width you are considering would only be illegal if you are caught towing without a permit. In other words, you can tow it legally only if you have a permit to do so. I have a buddy with a 26 foot Southshore that is a similar width. He tows it occasionaly between Houston and Matagorda and he has recieved two citations. A boat that size belongs in a sling or wet slip. Especially if you intend to use it with any regularity. There are a few empty slips at the marina where I keep my rig. $150.00 a month. If you are in the Houston area and you are interested, post your E-mail and I will supply you with more details.


  2. 12/23/03 6:47:00 PM Submitted by Kris (209.34.35.99) from TEXAS says Trailer
    In Texas the legal width of a trailer is 108 inches. so yours would be over. I think roby is right about the permit. Get a galvanized trailer and you better have a one ton powerstroke or cummins.


  3. 12/25/03 12:00:00 PM Submitted by Jim (67.30.52.110) from TENNESSEE says Highway laws
    The January issue of BASS & WALLEYE BOATS has a table that shows the legal limits for each state. For instance it shows TEXAS with:

    MAX TOW SPEED - - - 70; MAX TRAILER LENGTH - N/A; MAX TRAILER WIDTH - 8 1/2 FT; MAX HEIGHT - - - - 14 FT; MAX TRAILER WT W/O BRAKES- - 4500 lbs.

    This is good info. There are variations in each state. JIM


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