Important Laws and Exceptions to Know When Traveling in an RV

As you probably guessed by our name, we’re big fans of the recreational vehicle lifestyle. For millions around the globe, hopping into a RV and seeing the world one highway at a time is a thrilling and independent experience that other forms of travel just simply cannot provide.

Many love the RV lifestyle because it can save money when compared to traditional travel; others like the simplicity it can bring to a vacation. One thing is for sure: no matter what your reasoning, traveling in an RV is a different experience altogether.

It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that there are quite a few exceptions and/or differences in laws governing RVs throughout the United States. To ensure you know your rights and are well-versed in the law, let’s examine some of these differences here and now.

Alcoholic Beverages

Having a few drinks within your parked RV is perfectly acceptable. However, when the vehicle is in motion, the laws governing open containers can vary drastically.

Let’s say you are heading to a campground on your honeymoon (check out Holidays Hub for honeymoon ideas). If you’re driving through Kentucky, for example, then any open containers in the vehicle is against the law. As you head south into Tennessee, the laws change, allowing passengers to drink – but not drivers. Keep going south into Mississippi, and even the driver of the vehicle can drink (as long as his/her BAC is below 0.08%).

As such, be very careful about alcoholic beverages when travelling cross-country, as the laws can vary greatly across state lines.

Towing

Even though the roads may be an open space across all 50 states, the rules that govern them are not. One such example between various states is the dimensions that any travel trailer or towed vehicle can be. For example, states such as Oklahoma and New York do not allow trailers to be more than 8 feet wide, while Connecticut puts a cap on the maximum length of a towed vehicle at 24 feet.

If you are travelling in a stand-alone RV without towing, then you have nothing to worry about here. However, for those who like to bring their vehicles, possessions and other items along for the ride, you may need to double-check your itinerary.

Hunting and Protection

If you’re planning a grand RV road trip or camping excursion, then you may be considering some hunting during your visit. Some may just want to carry a gun for protection. While there are many reciprocity laws governing firearms throughout the United States, not everybody is allowed to carry weapons across state lines.

For example, anybody who has been discharged dishonorably from the military, has a restraining order against them or who has been charged with domestic violence cannot carry across state lines. As such, be sure to carefully review the laws before driving across multiple states with firearms of any kind.

Life in an RV can be fun and rewarding, but travelling from Point A to Point B isn’t always easy. You want to be sure to stay within the boundaries of the law when traveling, so keep the above-mentioned exceptions in mind when doing so. The last thing you need is a trip to jail ruining your RV getaway!

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