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Driving with a Camper

Camping is an American favorite. You can travel wherever you want, and it’s typically a lot cheaper than booking places to stay – not to mention, it can feel like a second home! What many people don’t realize, however, is that there are camper/RV-specific laws that need to be followed while traveling.


For instance, in some states (and more being added), drivers can’t text and drive at the same time – unless they’d like to get a ticket. While we wouldn’t advise being on your phone while driving any vehicle, it can be especially dangerous while driving with the added length and weight an RV or camper can bring.


Another law that varies by state will be open container laws. Because campers can have refrigerators (and thus, alcoholic drinks), it’s important to understand your route’s state laws. As always, it’s important to keep these drinks far away from the driver (even if there are no laws in the state that you’re in about open containers).


When driving an RV, it’s important that all passengers stay seated and buckled during the drive. Many states require extra brakes when towing and RV and some even have limitations on height, weight, and width.


Before ever taking your camper or RV on the road, make sure you know how to properly reverse and how to drive around corners. Most of us are used to smaller vehicles for everyday use, so upgrading to a larger one can be tricky and take practice.


For a breakdown by state of laws that you need to have knowledge of, check out this resource:


If you’ve been in an accident involving a camper/RV, call Tad Morlan today.

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