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RV Rules, Regulations, and Road Restrictions

It’s easy to think of yourself as Peter Fonda (well, a retired Peter Fonda, maybe) when you’re traveling down the highway in your RV. A true nomad, the open road in front of you—there’s nowhere you can’t go and nothing you can’t do.

Except that RVs—and the world of RV camping—come with a variety of restrictions. From highways to weight to the things you carry with you, it’s important to know where you’re going and what kinds of laws you need to abide by. adventure travel and rv camping adventure travel rv camping

To document every single law would require some kind of Herculean effort that simply isn’t feasible here. Instead, this post will give you a few ideas for researching different elements of your rig to keep in mind as you travel. adventure travel and rv camping adventure travel rv camping

(This post is NOT intended as legal advice—be sure to check local, state, and national rules and regulations before heading out on the road!) adventure travel and rv camping adventure travel rv camping

Rig Length, Width, and Height

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Traveling across the country can get tricky, because laws vary by state. The length of your trailer, for example, can go from very legal to entirely illegal by passing over some imaginary line in the road. Maximum heights vary from 13.5 ft. to 14 ft. Lengths vary from about 40 ft. to over 50 ft. adventure travel and rv camping adventure travel rv camping

Things get more complicated when you’re talking about the combined length of two vehicles, and even more when you add another towable (a boat or another trailer, for example). adventure travel and rv camping adventure travel rv camping

Completely overwhelmed? Don’t be. The good folks at Good Sam have put together a very handy table that gives you a good idea of where your rig will be welcome, and the varying heights, lengths, and widths of vehicles allowed on the roads. adventure travel and rv camping adventure travel rv camping

While we’re at it, some states also require that larger vehicles stop at roadside weigh scales. Check state regulations to know if you need to stop. adventure travel and rv camping adventure travel rv camping

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