State by State Guide to Driving in Campers

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Every state has different regulations for passengers driving in campers, RVs, and travel trailers, so before you hit the road you might want to learn about state-by-state regulations. Keep in mind that when you cross a state line the laws might change for driving campers and it is up to you to know and follow the law. When in doubt check with local law enforcement agencies. 

Referring to Woodall's North American Campground Directory, we compiled the following allowances in each state for passengers traveling in various types of campers.

This list is intended to be a guide only and is not the law. For updated state by state regulations check the Department of Motor Vehicles regulations where you will be traveling. 

Planning a road trip with your travel trailer, camper or RV might be more difficult than you’d originally planned. But don;t let that stop you from going. You'll need to do your due diligence to find out the regulations for passengers and driving laws if you want to stay street-legal in all the states you’ll be traveling through.

State-by-State Guide

State5th WheelTravel TrailerTruck Camper
AlabamaNoNo

Yes

AlaskaNoNoNo
ArizonaYesYesYes
ArkansasNoNoNo
CaliforniaNoNoNo
ColoradoNoNoYes
ConnecticutNoNoYes
DelawareNoNoYes
FloridaNoNoYes
GeorgiaNoNoNo
HawaiiNoNoNo
IdahoNoNoNo
IllinoisNoNoNo
IndianaYesYesYes
IowaYesYesYes
KansasNoNoNo
KentuckyNoNoNo
LouisianaNoNoYes
MaineNoNoYes
MarylandNoNoYes
MassachusettsNoNoNo
MichiganYesYesYes
MinnesotaYesYesYes
MississippiYesYesYes
MissouriYesYesYes
MontanaNoNoYes
NebraskaYesYesYes
NevadaNoNoYes
New HampshireNoNo

Yes

New JerseyNoNoYes
New MexicoNoNoYes
New YorkYesNoYes
North CarolinaNoNoYes
North DakotaYesNoYes
OhioNoNoNo
OklahomaNoNoNo
OregonYes*NoYes
PennsylvaniaYes*NoNo
Rhode IslandNoNoYes
South CarolinaYes*NoNo
South DakotaYes*NoNo
TennesseeYesYesYes
TexasNoNoNo
UtahNoNoNo
VermontNoNoNo
VirginiaNoNoYes
WashingtonNoNoYes
West VirginiaYesYesYes
WisconsinYes*NoNo
WyomingNoNoYes

* communications are required between the driver and any passengers traveling in the camper.

Additional Things to Keep in Mind

  • Some states have different speed limits for towing travel trailers, driving campers and RVs. 
  • Many states have trailer width and restrict trailers wider than 8 feet. 
  • Trailer length limits are also regulated in many states.
  • Several states have trailer brake and hitch requirements

Updated and Edited by Monica Prelle