State Speed and Towing info – Are you driving legal?

So, you’ve read Which camper should I buy and Must have items for newbie RVers? And now you’re ready to hit the road, right? Not so fast! Did you know most states have their own laws on speed limits and length of trailers? Make sure when you plan your trip, and know the laws in the states you’re traveling to!

It is not only good practice, but law in many states to carry flares or reflective signs,
fire extinguishers and have a Co2 detector on board.

Basic State Speed and Towing info

NOTE: Always check with state and local officials in case the laws change

Alabama
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: RVers are required to keep their headlights on when towing in Alabama.

Alaska
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: RVers are required to carry flares or reflective signs, fire extinguishers and a gas detector in Alaska.

Arizona
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Triple towing is allowed with a fifth wheel as the second position trailer.

Arkansas
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed for 10 hours unless posted otherwise.

California
Towing speed limit: 55 mph everywhere
NOTES: Vehicles towing in California are restricted to the right hand lane on three-lane highways. Right two lanes on four-lane highways, except within four miles of a left exit or highway split.

Colorado
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Colorado allows you to tow two trailers in any combination.

Connecticut
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: RVs are not allowed in carpool lanes in Connecticut.

Delaware
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: Delaware requires two separate ways to apply both vehicle and trailer brakes.

District of Columbia
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: The maximum RV width is 8 feet.

Florida
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Florida does not allow double or triple towing.

Georgia
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Overnight parking for more than 10 hours in rest areas is not allowed in Georgia.

Hawaii
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: The maximum trailer length in Hawaii is 48 feet.

Idaho
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Passengers are allowed to ride inside truck campers.

Illinois
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: Trailers are not allowed on boulevards in and around Chicago.

Indiana
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: The maximum motorhome length in Indiana is 45 feet.

Iowa
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Passengers are allowed to ride in fifth wheels, travel trailers and pickup campers.

Kansas
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Kansas allows trailers and RVs up to 14 feet in height.

Kentucky
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Kentucky law does not specifically require brakes on any passenger car trailers, regardless of weight.

Louisiana
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Passengers are permitted to ride in pickup campers only. All vehicles are right lane restricted on Interstates except when passing.

Maine
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Maine only allows one boat or travel trailer to be towed.

Maryland
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: Maryland does not allow liquid propane gas in some I-95 tunnels.

Massachusetts
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: Trailers are not permitted on many parkways in the Boston area.

Michigan
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: In Michigan, trailer tires must have a minimum tread of 2/32 inches.

Minnesota
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Minnesota allows triple towing, but only a fifth wheel and watercraft/ATV/motorcycle/snowmobile combo.

Mississippi
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Passengers are not allowed to ride in any fifth wheel, travel trailer or pickup camper.

Missouri
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Missouri only requires a brake system on 5th wheel trailers.

Montana
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: All RVs are required to carry flares or reflective signs.

Nebraska
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: All RVs are required to have flares or reflective signs.

Nevada
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: In Nevada drivers and passengers cannot have an open alcoholic beverage container inside the tow vehicle, however open containers are allowed in the living area of a motorhome or travel trailer.

New Hampshire
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Overnight parking in New Hampshire rest areas is not allowed.

New Jersey
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: Open propane cylinders are not allowed while traveling on New Jersey open highways. Contrary to what most people will tell you, campers and attached non-commercial trailers and semi-trailers are permitted on the Parkway, even north of (Exit) 105. There is a 65′ length restriction. NJ prohibits self-service dispensing at fuel stations on the NJ Turnpike.

New Mexico
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed, but no more than 24 hours in any three-day period in the same area.

New York
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: Liquid propane is prohibited in all New York tunnels. RVs and trailers are also prohibited on the Northern and Southern State parkways due to low overpasses.

North Carolina
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: North Carolina requires an independent brake system for travel trailers of 1,000 lbs. or more.

North Dakota
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Every trailer doing at a speed of 25 mph must have safety chains attached to the tow vehicle.

Ohio
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Brakes are required if the trailer has an empty weight of over 2,000 lbs.

Oklahoma
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Oklahoma state law requires that a maximum travel trailer length be under 40 feet.

Oregon
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Oregon prohibits self-service dispensing at retail fuel stations.

Pennsylvania
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: Any trailer being towed in the state of Pennsylvania must be equipped with a fully functioning brake system.

Rhode Island
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: Rhode Island does allow overnight parking in state rest areas.

South Carolina
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: In South Carolina the total length limit of combined tow vehicle and travel trailer is 60 feet.

South Dakota
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: All towed vehicles, motor trucks or trailers over 8,000 lbs. must stop at weigh stations.

Tennessee
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: The maximum trailer width in Tennessee is 8 feet or 96″.

Texas
Towing speed limit: 70 mph during the day; 65 mph at night unless otherwise posted
NOTES: Overnight parking in rest areas has a 24 hour limit. Motorhomes can be no longer than 45 feet long, with a two-vehicle length no longer than 65 feet.

Utah
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Utah allows RVs and trailers up to 14′ tall.

Vermont
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: All trailers traveling through Vermont are required to carry a useable fire extinguisher.

Virginia
Towing speed limit: 55 mph
NOTES: Virginia only allows two propane gas tanks of 20 lbs. each per travel trailer.

Washington
Towing speed limit: 60 mph
NOTES: Overnight parking is permitted in Washington state rest areas, but cannot exceed eight hours.

West Virginia
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Triple towing is not allowed in West Virginia.

Wisconsin
Towing speed limit: 65 mph
NOTES: Triple towing is allowed with a special permit.

Wyoming
Towing speed limit: 60 mph
NOTES: When towing in Wyoming, you must be able to stop in 40 feet while driving at 20 mph.

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