State-by-State RV Safety Requirements

Ensure your RV adventures are safe and compliant by understanding the specific regulations and safety requirements for each state. Stay informed and travel with confidence.

 

RV Regulations and Safety Requirements by State

ALABAMA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length of two vehicles: 65 ft.

Triple towing is not allowed. Riding allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas permitted where posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • At 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, flares, and breakaway switch.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on.
  • Right turn on red permitted unless posted otherwise.
  • All front-seat occupants must use seat belts; children under age 3 must be in child-restraint safety seats; ages 3-6 must wear seat belts.

More Information

Department of Public Safety, RSA Criminal Justice Center, Bldg. C, 5th Fl., Suite C5-15, 301 S. Ripley St., Montgomery, AL 31604
Emergency number: (334) 242-4395 *HP or *47 on cellular phones

ALASKA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 75 ft.

Overnight parking in rest areas allowed, unless posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs: flares or reflective signs, fire extinguisher, and gas detector.
  • Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Headlight use required on designated highways.
  • Right turn on red permitted, unless posted otherwise.
  • All passengers must wear seat belts; child-restraint safety seats are required for children up to age 4.

More Information

Alaska State Troopers, 5700 E. Tudor, Anchorage AK 99507
Emergency number: 911, or *273 on cellular phones

ARIZONA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in. (some exceptions)
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 65 ft.

Triple-towing allowed w/fifth wheel. Riding permitted in travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, and truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas allowed unless posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turn on red permitted, unless posted otherwise.
  • Children under 5 years must be in child-restraint safety seats.

More Information

Arizona Dept. of Public Safety, Box 6638, Phoenix AZ 85005; (602) 223-2000
Emergency number: 911

ARKANSAS

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum length for single towed trailer: 43.5 ft.
  • Maximum length for two-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Overnight parking in rest areas allowed unless posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switches, and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on.
  • Right turn on red permitted unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, P.O. Box 2261, Little Rock AR 72203
Emergency number: 911 (in some counties) or *55 on cellular phones

CALIFORNIA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 40 ft. (45 ft. on some highways)
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers if passengers are seat-belted; in fifth-wheel trailers with safety glass and an audible or visual device connected with tow vehicle, plus at least one exit must be able to be opened from both outside and inside the trailer. Vehicles towing trailers or dinghies are restricted to the right-hand lane. Overnight parking in rest areas not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 1,500 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, and safety chains. All power-brake systems require breakaway switch. Chains may be required during winter months on mountain roads.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turn on red permitted, unless posted otherwise (but not on red arrow).
  • At least two/three riders for carpool lane as posted.

More Information

California Highway Patrol, 444 N. 3rd St., Suite 310, Sacramento CA 95814; (916) 445-1865.
Emergency number: 911

COLORADO

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum RV height: 13 ft.
  • Maximum length of two- or three-vehicle combination: 70 ft.

Riding in truck campers allowed; in fifth-wheels allowed but not recommended. Overnight parking in rest areas permitted unless posted otherwise. All towed vehicles must stop at ports of entry (only commercial vehicles are required to stop at ports of entry).

RV Safety Requirements

  • Chains or snow tires required when posted.
  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs. require trailer brakes and breakaway switch.

State Driving Laws

  • At least two riders required for carpool lane.
  • Firearms may be transported loaded or unloaded anywhere in a vehicle except on one’s person.

More Information

Colorado State Patrol, 700 Kipling St., Suite 2000, Denver CO 80215; (303) 239-4540
Emergency number: 911; *CSP or *277 on cellular phones

CONNECTICUT

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 60 ft.

RVs are not allowed in carpool lanes. Riding allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is permitted, unless posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 3,000 lbs.: safety chains, breakaway switch, and trailer brakes.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on.
  • Right turn on red allowed unless posted otherwise.
  • Front-seat passengers are required to wear seat belts.

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Emergency number: 911

DELAWARE

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas allowed where posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 4,000 lbs.: trailer brakes and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on.
  • Right turn on red allowed, unless posted otherwise.
  • Front-seat passengers and all passengers under 16 years are required to wear seat belts.

More Information

Delaware State Police, P.O. Box 430, Dover DE 19903; (302) 378-5230
Emergency number: 911 or *77 on cellular phones

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

  • Maximum RV width: 96 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum length of two- or three-vehicle combination: 55 ft.

Riding allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: safety chain, breakaway switch, trailer brakes.

More Information

Emergency number: (202) 727-6161

FLORIDA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 65 ft.

Triple towing is illegal. Riding allowed in truck campers.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on.
  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.
  • At least two riders for carpool lanes.

More Information

Florida Highway Patrol, Office of Public Affairs, Room A425, MS44, 2900 Apalachee Pkwy., Tallahassee FL 32399-0553; (850) 617-2381
Emergency number: 911 or *FHP or *347 on cellular phones

GEORGIA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum length for two-vehicle combination: 60 ft.

Riding allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • One mirror is required on all RVs. Over 1,500 lbs.: trailer brakes and safety chain.

More Information

Department of Transportation, Commissioner, 2 Capitol Sq., Atlanta, GA 30334
Emergency number: (404) 656-5267, or *GSP on cellular phones

HAWAII

  • Maximum RV width: 108 in. for both single-unit motor vehicles and trailers
  • Maximum height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum single-unit motor vehicle length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 48 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 65 ft.

No triples are allowed. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Safety chains. Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.
  • At least two riders for carpool lanes and three riders for zipper lanes.

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Public Information Office, 869 Punchbowl St., Honolulu, HI, 96813
Emergency number: 911 or *273 on cellular phones

IDAHO

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 48 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two- or three-vehicle combination: 75 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is permitted where posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 1,500 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Idaho Transportation Department, P.O. Box 7129, Boise ID 82707-1129
Emergency number: *ISP or *477 on cellular phones

ILLINOIS

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in. (some roads 96 in.)
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 53 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length of two- or three-vehicle combination (with fifth-wheel trailer only): 60 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas only where designated.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Safety chains and flares are required on all trailers. Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes. Over 5,000 lbs.: brakes on all axles and breakaway switch.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on. Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Illinois State Police Commercial Vehicle Team, 500 Iles Park, Suite 400, Springfield IL 62718; (217) 782-7820
Emergency number: 911 or (217) 786-6677; *999 on cellular phones

INDIANA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.6 ft.
  • Maximum combined length of two-vehicle combination: 60 ft.; three-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding allowed in truck campers, RV travel trailers, and fifth-wheel trailers. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turn on red allowed if posted. Wipers on/lights on recommended. Mobile police scanners are not permitted.

More Information

Indiana State Police, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Div., 5252 Decatur Blvd., Suite J, Indianapolis IN 46241; (317) 615-7373 or (800) 523-2261
Emergency number: 911

IOWA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combinations: 65 ft.; or three-vehicle combinations: 70 ft.

Riding allowed in truck campers is legal but not recommended in fifth-wheel and travel trailers. Overnight parking is allowed if posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, P.O. Box 10473, Des Moines IA 50306-0473; (515) 237-3156
Emergency number: 911 or *55 on cellular phones

KANSAS

  • Maximum RV width: 108 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum combined length of two- or three-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding allowed in truck campers and trailers if 14 yrs. or older. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed in designated areas only.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers: safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

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Kansas Highway Patrol, 122 SW 7th, Topeka KS 66603; (785) 296-6800
Emergency number: 911, *KTA or *47 on cellular phones

KENTUCKY

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in. on any public State maintained highway
  • Maximum RV height: 13 ft 6 inches
  • Maximum length of two or three vehicle combinations: 65 ft. (RV, motorhome, travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper)

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailer brakes must be sufficient to stop within a legal distance of 40 ft. at 20 mph.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on.

More Information

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 200 Mero St., Division of Motor Carriers, 2nd floor, Frankfort KY 40622; (502) 564-4540
Emergency number: 911

LOUISIANA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in. (on federal road systems; 96 in. elsewhere)
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum length of two- or three-vehicle combination: 70 ft.

Riding allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is prohibited unless posted otherwise.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. Wipers on/lights on.

More Information

Louisiana State Police, 265 South Foster Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70806; (225) 925-4239
Emergency number: 911 (in metropolitan areas only); *ISP or *911 on cellular phones

MAINE

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 48 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 65 ft.

Triple-towing is not allowed. Riding allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers: 1/4-in. safety chains. Over 3,000 lbs.: brakes on all axles.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. Wipers on/headlights on.

More Information

Maine State Police, Station 20, Augusta, ME 04333; (207) 624-7000
Emergency number: *77 on cellular phones

MARYLAND

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 40 ft
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.6 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 55 ft.

Triple-towing is allowed unless the overall length exceeds 55 feet. Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas allowed unless posted otherwise.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switches, and safety chains are required.
  • Tunnel Regulations: The trailer hitch must be reinforced or braced to the frame of the towing vehicle. Safety chains must be attached to the frame of the towing vehicle and not to the pintle hook. Propane tanks are not allowed in tunnels.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on. Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. At least two riders for carpool lane.

More Information

State Highway Administration, Motor Carrier Division, 7491 Connelley Dr., Hanover, MD 21076
Emergency number: 911; *SP or *77 on cellular phones

MASSACHUSETTS

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum two-vehicle combined length: 60 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking is allowed in rest areas unless posted otherwise.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailer brakes, chains, and wheel chocks. No propane allowed in tunnels (in Boston, I-90, I-93, Rt. 1A; in Newton, I-90).

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. At least two riders for carpool lane.

More Information

Massachusetts State Police, 760 Elm St., Concord, MA 01742; (978) 369-1004
Emergency number: (508) 820-2121; *SP or *77 on cellular phones

MICHIGAN

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination: 65 ft.; pickup with fifth-wheel trailer: 65 ft.

Riding in RV travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, and truck campers allowed. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • For all trailers, two chains of sufficient strength are required when towing. For trailers over 3,000 lbs., trailer brakes.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turn on red is allowed unless otherwise posted. Mobile police scanners are not allowed.

More Information

Michigan State Police, Special Operations Division, Traffic Services Section, 714 Harrison Rd., East Lansing MI 48823; (517) 336-6660
Emergency number: 911

MINNESOTA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft
  • Maximum trailer length: 45 ft</ li>
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum lengths for two or three vehicles are 75 ft. and 70 ft. (A three-vehicle combo must be a fifth-wheel trailer, with a maximum length of 28 ft. + watercraft, ATV, motorcycle, or snowmobile.)

Riding is allowed in travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, and truck campers.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, two safety chains, glass mirror, and hitch to safety stands. Over 6,000 lbs.: breakaway switch also.

State Driving Laws

  • Headlights must be on during rain, sleet, snow, or hail. A right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. At least two riders are required for the carpool lane. Mobile police scanners are not allowed.

More Information

Minnesota State Patrol, 444 Cedar St., Suite 130, St. Paul MN 55101-5130
Emergency number: 911

MISSISSIPPI

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.

Triple-towing is allowed. Riding in truck campers, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers is allowed. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 2,000 lbs.: trailer brakes and safety chains.

More Information

Mississippi Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 958, Jackson, MS 39205-0958
Emergency number: 911; *HP or *47 on cellular phones

MISSOURI

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft. (if more than 10 miles from designated highway, width 8 ft.; height 13.5 ft.)
  • Maximum combined length for two- or three-vehicle combination: 65 ft. (55 ft. if more than 10 miles from a primary or designated highway).

Riding is allowed in truck campers, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed where posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: Trailers brakes and breakaway switch recommended. Safety chains are required for bumper hitches.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. Wipers on/headlights on recommended.

More Information

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Div., P.O. Box 568, Jefferson City, MO 65102; (573) 526-6128.
Road/highway information: (800) 222-6400
Emergency number: 911 or *55 on cellular phones

MONTANA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 55 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for three vehicles: 65 ft. The towing unit must have a manufacturer’s rated carrying capacity of over 2,000 lbs.

Riding is allowed in truck campers and fifth-wheel trailers. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs should have flares or reflective signs. Safety chains should be a minimum of 1/4 in. in diameter on trailers under 3,000 lbs. Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Montana Highway Patrol, 2550 Prospect Ave., Helena, MT 59620-1419
Emergency number: 911

NEBRASKA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 14.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two- or three-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding is allowed in travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, and truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs are required to have flares or reflective signs. Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes on each wheel, breakaway switch, and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Nebraska State Patrol, P.O. Box 94907, Lincoln NE 68509-4907; (402) 471-4545
Emergency number: (800) 525-5555 or *55 on cellular phones

NEVADA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum length of trailers: not specified
  • Maximum length of two- or three-vehicle combination: 70 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed in designated areas only, not to exceed 18 hours in any two-week period.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers over 3,000 lbs.: chains and brakes on all wheels.

State Driving Laws

  • It is unlawful for a person to have an open container of an alcoholic beverage within the passenger area of a motor vehicle while on a highway; however, this does not apply to the living quarters of a motorhome or RV travel trailer.

More Information

Planning Division Chief, Department of Transportation, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, NV 89712
Emergency number: 911, or dial “0” and ask for Zenith 12000 or dial *NHP on cellular phones

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Maximum RV width: 96 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 48 ft.

Triple-towing is not allowed. Riding in truck campers is allowed. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, safety chains, and lights.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Director, Division of Motor Vehicles, 10 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH 03305
Emergency number: 911 or *711 on cellular phones

NEW JERSEY

  • Maximum RV width: 96 in. (102 in. on certain federal roads)
  • Maximum motorhome length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length: 62 ft.

Riding is not allowed in truck campers or trailers.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, chains, and safety glass.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on. Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. Seat belts required. At least two riders in carpool lane. Open propane cylinders are not allowed while travelling on open highways.
  • New Jersey Turnpike: The motorhome may tow a vehicle as long as all four wheels are on the ground; no tow dollies or piggybacks. Garden State Parkway: The motorhome may tow another vehicle with a tow bar, safety chains, and emergency tail lights on both vehicles.

More Information

Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Commission, CN-174, Trenton NJ 08666; (609) 292-6500
Emergency number: 911 or (888) SAF-ROAD; *77 on cellular phones

NEW MEXICO

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding is allowed in pickup campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed, but not more than 24 hours in any three-day period in the same area.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes and chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on.

More Information

New Mexico Highway Department, P.O. Box 1149, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1149; (505) 827-2241
Emergency number: (505) 827-9000; *911 on cellular phones

NEW YORK

  • Maximum RV width: 96 in. (102 in. on qualifying or access highways)
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 48 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.6 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers or fifth-wheel trailers. RVs are not allowed in the carpool lane unless posted. Bottled gas is prohibited in tunnels, the lower levels of the George Washington Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and on I-95 through Manhattan.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 1,000 lbs. unladen and trailers having a maximum gross weight over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on. Right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise; in New York City, a right turn on red is not allowed unless posted. Radar detectors and mobile police scanners are prohibited in non-commercial motor vehicles with a GVWR over 18,000 lbs.

More Information

State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Empire State Plaza, Albany NY 12228; (800) CALL-DMV
Emergency number: 911 or *DWI on cellular phones

NORTH CAROLINA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 48 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum length for two-vehicle combination: 60 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking is permitted in some rest areas unless otherwise posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs: safety glass. Trailers over 4,000 lbs.: trailer brakes.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/lights on. Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27604; (919) 715-8683
Emergency number: 911 or (800) 672-4527; *HP on cellular phones

NORTH DAKOTA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 50 ft
  • Maximum trailer length: 53 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two- or three-vehicle combination: 75 ft.

Riding is allowed in fifth-wheel trailers but not in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed unless posted otherwise.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs must have flares or reflective signs and a fire extinguisher. All trailers must have trailer brakes, safety chains, and a breakaway switch.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

North Dakota Highway Patrol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0240
Emergency number: 911

OHIO

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in;
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum length of two- or three-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking is allowed in service areas but not rest areas. Trailers may be barred at times, and tire chains may be required due to hazardous road conditions.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Safety chains, turn signals, and brake lights. Trailers over 2,000 lbs.: trailer brakes and breakaway switch. Ohio Turnpike: Over 2,000 lbs.: trailer brakes and breakaway switch.

State Driving Laws

  • Rest area parking is allowed for a maximum of three hours.

More Information

Director, Department of Public Safety, 1970 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43223
Emergency number: (800) GRAB-DUI, (888) 877-PATROL OR 911; *DUI on cellular phones

OKLAHOMA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum length of two- or three-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed unless posted otherwise.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers: coupling equipment designed to prevent swerving, trailer brakes, breakaway switches, and safety chains. Rubber or fabric aprons behind the rear wheels are required.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety—Size & Weight Permit Div., 3600 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73136; (405) 425-2206
Emergency number: (405) 425-2385 or *55 on cell phone

OREGON

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding in truck campers is allowed. Passengers are allowed in fifth-wheel trailers if the trailer is equipped with the following: All windows are made of safety glazing materials; an auditory or visual signalling device that passengers can use to gain the attention of the motor-vehicle driver towing the vehicle; and at least one unobstructed exit capable of being opened from both the interior and exterior of the vehicle.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers must have full lighting equipment. Hitches and chains must meet SAE standards and use recommendations. Combinations of vehicles that include a motor vehicle and any other vehicle shall be equipped with a brake system on one or more vehicles sufficient to stop both from 20 mph without leaving a 12-foot-wide travel lane. The stopping distance must be within 25 ft. for vehicles under 8,000 GVWR and within 35 ft. for vehicles weighing 8,000 GVWR and more. Manufacturer’s requirements must be followed on towed vehicles.

State Driving Laws

  • Headlights must be on when limited-visibility conditions exist of 1,000 feet or less. Right turn on red after stopping is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Oregon Department of Transportation, Transportation Safety Division, 235 Union St. NE, Salem OR 97301; 511 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368) in-state; (503) 588-2941 outside of Oregon
Emergency number: 911

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 60 ft.

Riding is allowed in fifth-wheel trailers with electronic communications. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed. RVs are not allowed in carpool lanes.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs or motor vehicles towing an RV: flares, reflective signs, and fire extinguishers. All trailers: brakes and breakaway system if the gross trailer weight with load exceeds 40 percent of the towing vehicle’s gross weight with load; safety chains and lighting equipment (brakes, turn signals, reflectors).

State Driving Laws

  • Headlights must be on in inclement weather. Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Highway Safety & Traffic Engineering, 55 Walnut St., Forum Pl., P.O. Box 2047, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2047
Emergency number: 911

RHODE ISLAND

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 40 ft
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 60 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed unless posted otherwise.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 4,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch, two safety chains, and flares.

State Driving Laws

  • All passengers must use seat belts. Children under 4 years old must be in child-restraint systems, and children under 6 must be properly restrained in the back seat.

More Information

Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles, 100 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Emergency number: 911 or *77 on cellular phones

SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 48 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.

Triple-towing is not allowed. Riding in truck campers is allowed. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 10,001 lbs., other than fifth-wheel trailers: chains, cable, etc.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers and headlights must be on. A right turn on red (after a full stop) is allowed unless posted otherwise. Front-seat passengers must wear seat belts. Children under 4 years old must be in child-restraint safety seats; children 4-6 must use child-restraint safety seats or wear seat belts.

More Information

South Carolina Department of Public Safety, State Transport Police Div., P. O. Box 1993, Blythewood SC 29016; (803) 896-5500
Emergency number: (803) 896-9621;*HP or *47 on cellular phones

SOUTH DAKOTA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 53 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for a single motor vehicle and two trailers: 75 ft. (on Needles Highway 87 in the Black Hills, maximum width 8 ft. 7 in., maximum height 10 ft. 8 in.)

Riding allowed in truck campers; in fifth-wheel trailers only with two-way communication. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed unless posted otherwise.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs: flares or reflective signs. Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: breakaway switch and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • A right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. Weigh-Station Requirements: All towed vehicles, motor trucks, or trailers over 8,000 lbs. must stop.

More Information

South Dakota Highway Patrol, 118 W. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501-2000. (605) 773-4578
Emergency number: 911

TENNESSEE

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two- or three-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed unless posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • For trailers over 3,000 lbs., there are trailer brakes, a breakaway switch, and safety chains (chains are not required on gooseneck fifth-wheel trailers).

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on. Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Tennessee Highway Patrol, 1150 Foster Ave., Nashville, TN 37249-1000
Emergency number: 911, (615) 741-2069; *THP or *847 on cellular phones

TEXAS

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum length of two- or three-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

The speed limit for RV travel trailers is 60 during the day and 55 at night unless otherwise posted. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed (up to 24 hours).

RV Safety Requirements

  • Safety chains are required for all trailers except fifth-wheels. Trailers over 4,500 lbs. must have brakes, a breakaway switch, flares, and mirrors.

State Driving Laws

  • Headlights on 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise. Right turn on red allowed after a complete stop.

More Information

Texas Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 4087, Austin, TX 78773; (512) 424-2000
Emergency number: 911

UTAH

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two- or three-vehicle combination: 65 ft. or by special permit.

Riding in truck campers is allowed. 12-hour maximum parking in rest areas.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, safety chains, and breakaway switch.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Utah Department of Transportation, 4501 South 2700 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84119-141265; (801) 965-4000
Emergency number: 911 or (801) 965

-4219; *911 on cellular phones

VERMONT

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 46 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 53 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: Trailers brakes on one axle, breakaway switch, and safety chains. Trailers over 6,000 lbs.: Trailers brakes on all wheels, breakaway switch, and safety chains.

State Driving Laws

  • A right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. Headlights are on from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.

More Information

Department of Motor Vehicles, 120 State St., Montpelier VT 05603-0001; (802) 828-2000
Emergency number: 911

VIRGINIA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination: 65 ft.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight parking in rest areas is permitted unless posted otherwise. RVs are allowed in the HOV-3 (carpool) lanes if there are three or more occupants. Only RVs are allowed in the HOV-2 lanes in the Tidewater area if there are two or more occupants, and the GVW is less than 10,000 lbs.

Tunnel Regulations

  • The maximum height is 13 ft 6 in. There are a maximum of two approved propane gas tanks, 20 lbs. each. Tanks must be turned off when going through tunnels.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers: safety chains. Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch.

State Driving Laws

  • A right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. Wipers and lights are on. Front-seat passengers must wear seat belts; children up to 5 years old must be in child-restraint safety seats. Radar detectors are not permitted.

More Information

Department of State Police, P.O. Box 27472, Richmond VA 23261-7472; (804) 674-2000
Emergency number: 911 or #77

WASHINGTON

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 46 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 53 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 14 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 60 ft.; triple-towing not allowed.

No vehicle towing a trailer, or no vehicle or combination over 10,000 lbs. may be driven in the left-hand lane of a limited-access roadway having three or more lanes for traffic moving in one direction, except when preparing for a left turn. Riding is allowed in truck campers. A minimum of two riders is required in the carpool lane; trailers are not allowed in carpool lanes. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed; an 8-hr maximum is suggested.

Mountain Pass Regulations

  • Tire chains are required from November 1-March 31 on RVs over 10,000 lbs. on all passes.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs must have flares or reflective signs, fire extinguishers, and safety chains. Trailers over 3,000 lbs. must have trailer brakes and a breakaway switch. Vehicles over 10,001 lbs. GVWR and vehicle combinations are required to obey truck speed limits.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Washington State Patrol, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, P.O. Box 42614, Olympia WA 98504-2614; (360) 753-0350
Road and highway information number: (800) 695-ROAD
Emergency number: 911

WEST VIRGINIA

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft
  • Maximum trailer length: 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 65 ft. (major roads)/55 ft. (other routes).

Triple-towing is not allowed. Riding is allowed in truck campers and fifth-wheel trailers.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Safety chains are required; trailers over 3,000 lbs. GVWR: trailer brakes are required.

State Driving Laws

  • Wipers on/headlights on. Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. Overnight parking is not allowed.

More Information

West Virginia Division of Highways, Maintenance Division, Central Permit Office, Bldg. 5, Room A-337, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston WV 25305-0430; (304) 558-9483
Emergency number: 911; *SP or *77 on cellular phones

WISCONSIN

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 48 ft.
  • Maximum RV height: 13.5 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 65 ft.; maximum combined length for three vehicles: 65 ft (with permit only).

Riding is allowed in truck campers and fifth-wheel trailers, but no one under 12 is allowed unless accompanied by a person 16 or older; the trailer must be equipped with two-way voice communication between driver and occupant(s).

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers require safety chains; trailers over 3,000 lbs. require trailer brakes.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Wisconsin State Patrol, 4802 Sheboygan Ave., Rm. 551, Madison WI 53707-7912; (608) 266-0264
Emergency number: 911

WYOMING

  • Maximum RV width: 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 60 ft.
  • Maximum trailer length: 45 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two or three vehicles: 85 ft.

Riding in truck campers is allowed. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed unless posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All house trailers are required to have flares or reflective signs. All vehicles or combinations of vehicles must have sufficient brakes to stop within 40 ft. from an initial speed of 20 mph on a level, dry, smooth, hard surface.

State Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise.

More Information

Wyoming Highway Patrol, 5300 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne WY 82003-3340; (307) 777-4306
Emergency number: (800) 442-9090 or #HELP on cellular phones

Driving Laws in Canada

Another recommendation before you get on the road in your RV and travel to Canada is to be aware of customs rules or regulations on driving, making purchases, currency exchange, travelling with pets, etc. Canada may be our friendly neighbour to the north, but laws may differ on certain things. Don’t get caught off guard when Woodall’s can provide you with some guidelines. Note: 2.6 m. = 8 1/2 ft. 12.5 m. =

41 feet; 16.15 m = 53 ft.

ALBERTA

  • Maximum RV height: 4.0 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 13 m.
  • Combined length for two or three (w/fifth-wheel) vehicles: 20 m.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 2,000 lbs. must have trailer brakes unless the lead vehicle is twice the trailer’s weight.

Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. Headlights are on when conditions restrict visibility to 150 meters/500 ft. or less; driving with headlights on during all hours of the day is permitted. All passengers must wear seat belts; children up to 6 yrs./40 lbs. must be in child safety-restraint seats.

More Information

Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation, Twin Atria Building, 4999-98 Ave., Edmonton AB T6B 2X3
Emergency number: 911

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Maximum RV height: 4.15 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 20 m./65 1/2 ft.; three-vehicle combinations are prohibited.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs. must have trailer brakes on all wheels, breakaway switches, and safety chains (except fifth-wheel trailers). Motorhomes (only) may tow motor vehicles via a tow bar without brakes hooked up on the towed motor vehicle when the towed motor vehicle’s weight is less than 4,409 lbs. and less than 40 percent of the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the motorhome towing it.

Driving Laws

  • A right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. All passengers must wear seat belts, and children up to 40 lbs. must be in child-restraint safety seats.

More Information

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Commercial Transport and Inspection, Box 3750, Victoria BC V8W 3Y5
Emergency number: 911

MANITOBA

  • Maximum RV height: 4.15 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum combined length for two vehicles: 21.5 m.; combined length for three vehicles (fifth-wheel combinations only): 23 m.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. Open propane cylinders are not allowed while travelling on open highways.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers must have safety chains; trailers over 2,000 lbs. must also have trailer brakes.

Driving Laws

  • A right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. All passengers must wear seat belts; children up to age 5 years./50 lbs. must be in child-restraint safety seats. Radar detectors and mobile scanners are not permitted.

More Information

Vehicle Standards and Inspections, 1075 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3G 0S1
Emergency number: (204) 983-5461

NEW BRUNSWICK

  • Maximum RV height: 4.15 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination: 23 m.

Overnight parking is allowed if posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs are required to have flares or reflective signs and a fire extinguisher. Trailers over 3,000 lbs. must have trailer brakes, breakaway switches, and safety chains.

Driving Laws

  • A right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. All occupants must wear seat belts; children up to 40 lbs. (approximately 4 yrs.) must be in the appropriate child-restraint safety seat. Radar detectors are not allowed.

More Information

Department of Public Safety, Licensing Registration Branch, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton NB E3B 5H1
Emergency number: 911

NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR

  • Maximum RV height: 4.15 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination: 23 m.

Riding in truck campers is not specified. Overnight parking is not allowed unless posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers must have safety chains. Trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVR) in excess of 1,350 kg must also have trailer brakes and a breakaway switch.

Driving Laws

  • A right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. All passengers are required to wear seat belts. Radar detectors and mobile police scanners are not permitted.

More Information

Department of Government Services & Lands, Motor Registration Division, P.O. Box 8710, St. Johns NF A1B 4J5
Emergency numbers: 911 or *RCMP on cellular phones

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

  • Maximum RV height: 4.2 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 3.2 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: not specified.

Overnight parking in rest areas is permitted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Brakes are required on trailers over 1,360 kg.; safety chains are required on all trailers except fifth-wheel trailers.

Driving Laws

  • Headlights or daytime running lights should be on at all times. Right turn on red is allowed after stopping and when clear. All passengers must wear seat belts; children up to 40 lbs. must be in child-restraint safety seats. Radar-detection devices are prohibited.

More Information

Department of Transportation, Road Licensing & Safety Division, 4510 Franklin Ave., Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Emergency number: (867) 669-1111

NOVA SCOTIA

  • Maximum RV height: 4.15 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination: 23 m.

Riding in a pickup camper is permitted if the seats are equipped with safety belts. Open propane cylinders are not allowed while traveling on open highways. Towing mirrors must be attached to the vehicle if the load or trailer obscures rear vision; however, it is illegal to drive on the highway with the extra mirrors in place without the load or trailer attached to the vehicle.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs are required to have flares. All trailers must have safety chains; trailers over 3,000 lbs. must also have a breakaway switch; and trailers over 4,000 lbs. must also have trailer brakes.

Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. All passengers must wear seat belts; children up to 40 lbs. must be in child-restraint safety seats. Radar detectors are not allowed.

More Information

Department of Business & Consumer Services Call Center, 1505 Barrington St. N., 8th Fl., Halifax NS B3J 3E7
Emergency number: 911

NUNAVUT

  • Maximum RV height: 4.2 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: not specified
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.0 m.
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 21.0 m.

Riding is allowed in truck campers. (Note: Few roadways in Nunavut can accommodate RVs.)

ONTARIO

  • Maximum RV height: 4.15 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 23 m.

Riding in truck campers is allowed. Overnight parking is allowed in restricted areas.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Over 3,000 lbs./1,360 kg. brakes are required. Safety chains are required unless the trailer is attached by a fifth-wheel attachment.

Driving Laws

  • Driver and all passengers are required to wear seat belts. Children up to 9 kg./20 lbs. and under 26 in./66 cm. must be secured in a rearward-facing child-restraint system secured by the seat-belt assembly. Children between 20-40 lbs./9-18 kg. and over 26 in./66 cm. must be secured in a child-restraint system secured by the seat-belt assembly and a tether strap. Children over 40 lbs./18 kg. can use a booster seat secured by the seatbelt assembly. Radar detection and jamming devices are prohibited.

More Information

Ministry of Transportation Information, 301 St. Paul St., St. Catharines ON L2R 7R4
Emergency number: 911

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

  • Maximum RV height: 4.15 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m
  • Maximum length for two-vehicle combination: 23 m.

Riding in truck campers and fifth-wheel trailers is not specified. Overnight camping is allowed in rest areas unless posted otherwise.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All trailers (except fifth-wheels) must have safety chains. Trailers 1,500 kgs. and over must have trailer brakes and breakaway switches.

Driving Laws

  • A right turn on red is allowed unless posted otherwise. All passengers must wear seat belts, and children up to 40 lbs. must be in child-restraint safety seats. Radar detectors are not allowed. Ferry Regulations: Propane tanks must be shut off.

More Information

Highway Safety Operations, P.O. Box 2000, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Emergency numbers: (902) 368-5200 (during business hours); (902) 437-8534 (after hours) or 911

QUEBEC

  • Maximum RV height: 4.15 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 23 m.

Riding is allowed in truck campers with seat belts. Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed.

RV Safety Requirements

  • All RVs must have flares or reflective signs if wider than 2 m./6 1/2 ft. Trailers over 1,300 kg/2,865 lbs. or exceeding 50% of tow-vehicle weight must have trailer brakes, breakaway switches, and safety chains.

Driving Laws

  • A right turn on red is strictly prohibited except when allowed by an additional green arrow. All occupants are required to wear seat belts; children up to 40 lbs. must be in child-restraint safety seats; children under 8 yrs. should be secured in a booster seat. Radar detectors, whether connected or not, are not allowed.

More Information

Ministere des Transportes, Service de la normalisation technique, 700, boul. Rene Levesque, Est, Quebec PQ G1R 5H1; (418) 643-1345
Emergency number: 911

SASKATCHEWAN

  • Maximum RV height: 4.15m
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 12.5 m.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 12.5 m., 14 m with permit
  • Maximum combined length for a two- or three-vehicle combination (only if fifth-wheel combination): 23 m. Triple towing is allowed only with a fifth-wheel trailer.

Riding is allowed but not recommended for truck campers.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 3,000 lbs. must have brakes, breakaway switches, and double safety chains.

Driving Laws

  • Right turning on red is allowed unless otherwise posted. All passengers must wear seat belts; children up to 40 lbs. must be in child-restraint safety seats.

More Information

Saskatchewan Highways & Transportation, Trucking Policy and Programs, 8th Fl., 1855 Victoria Ave., Regina SK S4P 3T2; (306) 787-5307
Emergency number: 911

YUKON TERRITORIES

  • Maximum RV height: 4.9 m.
  • Maximum RV width: 2.6 m.
  • Maximum trailer length: 16.15 m.
  • Maximum motorhome length: 16.15 m.
  • Maximum length of two-vehicle combination: 25 m. Three-vehicle combinations must be fifth-wheel with one additional trailer on a ball hitch connected to the fifth-wheel’s frame.

Overnight parking is allowed unless posted.

RV Safety Requirements

  • Trailers over 910 kg. must have trailer brakes and safety chains.

Driving Laws

  • Headlights are required at all times. A right turn on red is allowed unless otherwise posted. All passengers must wear seat belts; children up to 6 yrs./44 lbs. must be in child-restraint safety seats.

More Information

Tourism Yukon, P.O. Box 2703, Whitehorse YK Y1A 2C6; (867) 667-5315
Emergency number: 911

Bridge, Tunnel & Ferry Regulations

RV RESTRICTIONS: Before traveling in the following areas, it’s wise to check in advance with local authorities, particularly if travel via ferry, bridge, or tunnel is planned.

California

Pulling travel trailers may not be allowed in snow areas. Contact the California Highway Patrol before entering a snow area; chains may be required anytime. Trailers may be barred due to high winds, blowing sand, etc. RVs over 20 feet may experience difficulty in negotiating hairpin turns on State Highway 89.

Connecticut

RV size may be limited on the Connecticut River ferry between Chester and Hadlyme and also on Wilbur Cross and Merrit parkways.

Illinois

Trailers are prohibited on boulevards

in and around Chicago.

Massachusetts

Trailers are prohibited on Memorial Drive in Cambridge and Storrow Drive in Boston, along the Charles River; and on many other parkways in the Boston area.

Montana

All vehicles over 21 feet long (including bumpers) and 8 feet wide (including mirrors) are not permitted through Logan Pass at the summit of Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Shuttle service is available between St. Mary and West Glacier. Restriction applies from Avalanche Campground on the south side to the Sun Point area on the north.

New York

Trailers and motorhomes are not permitted on Taconic State Parkway; trailers are not permitted on most parkways.

LP-GAS PROHIBITED:

Maryland/Baltimore

Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry (I-95) tunnels. I-695 is an alternative route for RVs with propane over the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Massachusetts/Boston Harbor

All.

New York/East River

Between Manhattan and Brooklyn: Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Between Manhattan and Queens: Queens Midtown Tunnel.

New York and New Jersey/Hudson River

Between Manhattan and Jersey City: Holland Tunnel. Between Manhattan and Fort Lee: Lower level George Washington Bridge (I-95 South) and George Washington Bridge Expressway. Lower level Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Between Manhattan and Weehawken: Lincoln Tunnel.

LP-GAS RESTRICTIONS:

Virginia/Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel

RVs equipped with ICC-approved compressed cooking tanks not exceeding two 45-pound capacity tanks (or two permanently mounted containers with a maximum total capacity of 200 pounds) may cross the facility provided that, in the opinion of the toll collector or police sergeant after inspection, the tanks are completely shut off and securely attached.

Texas/Houston Ship Channel

Washburn Tunnel between Pasadena and Galena Park: Maximum of two 7½-gallon containers (30 pounds gas each) or one 10-gallon container (40 pounds gas) of DOT (ICC)-approved type, with shutoff valve at discharge opening. The valve must be closed when in the tunnel. LP gas as a vehicle fuel is prohibited. 7½-gallon containers (30 pounds gas each) or one 10-gallon container (40 pounds gas) of DOT (ICC)-approved type, with a shutoff valve at discharge opening. The valve must be closed when in the tunnel. LP gas as a vehicle fuel is prohibited.

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RV Regulations and Safety Requirements FAQ

What are the general RV safety requirements?

General RV safety requirements include having functional brakes, lights, and safety chains. Additionally, ensure your RV is equipped with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.

Do RV regulations vary by state?

Yes, RV regulations can vary significantly by state. It is important to check the specific regulations for each state you plan to travel through to ensure compliance.

Are there specific weight limits for towing an RV?

Each state has its own weight limits for towing an RV. Generally, these limits are based on the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of your towing vehicle and trailer.

What are the requirements for RV lighting and signals?

RV lighting and signal requirements typically include functioning brake lights, turn signals, and reflectors. These should be clearly visible and in good working condition at all times.

Do I need a special license to drive an RV?

In most states, a standard driver’s license is sufficient for driving an RV. However, some states require a special license or endorsement for larger RVs. Check with your local DMV for specific requirements.

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