Certainly, these and related topics could fill a large series of encyclopedias, but here is our consolidated version of towing tips and regulations when cross-country RVing.\n
Woe be to the person who tries to tow a trailer with propane tanks through the Baltimore Harbor or Fort McHenry tunnel in Maryland, for they are in violation of Maryland state law. The same applies for anyone attempting to tow at speeds over 55mph in the state of California, or on just about any highway in the state of New York. It pays to be aware of the local regulations of each state you are wishing to tow in, or most assuredly, it may well pay later from your bank account.
Proper planning for most such trips should begin with a study of these types of rules, to make sure your rig is legal. Every state differs slightly, with most guidelines covering when you may turn on red with a trailer, required running lights, tire tread depth, restrictions on width and length, whether or not you need a separate braking system, maximum speed, and overall weight. Take a look at the DMV websites for the states you plan to travel through. Most have a way to apply for a permit or waiver if what you are towing isn\'t quite legal in their domain.\n
Here in our home state of Michigan, for example, anyone wishing to attach a second trailer behind their fifth wheel needs a class "R," or recreational double endorsement, added to their license before towing both vehicles. All trailers must be registered and display a valid license plate, and any over 2,500 pounds need a title.\n
Start with your tow vehicle. Many major manufacturers will include sections on towing capacities, with specific RV model types for reference. Study those. You don\'t want to find out after the fact that your truck can\'t tow the shiny new trailer you just bought.\n
Quite often as you travel across various different locales and byways, there are weight detours, construction areas, or overpasses that all need some forethought before navigating.
That\'s not an exaggeration. This isn\'t a little firewood trailer you\'re hauling, so treat it as another entire vehicle that needs inspecting to hopefully prevent any big surprises on Interstate 60 in the middle of heavy traffic. A few of the biggies include:\n
Think of your setup as a semi-truck, because you need to drive like it is one. After all, you are now behind the wheel of a rig that is very large, very heavy, and very slow to react. Here are several ideas to keep in mind:\n
Please remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg! Planning a cross-country trip can include much more than we could possibly cover here, so ask around and get familiar with the RV community. Of course, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them below!',closing_desc:null,meta_robots_noindex:"0",meta_robots_nofollow:"0",meta_robots_adv:null,breadcrumb:null,content_page_url:"/blog/towing-tips-and-regulations-when-rving-cross-country/",canonical:"/blog/towing-tips-and-regulations-when-rving-cross-country/",og_type:"article",img:"",img_width:"1920",img_height:"1080",img_alt:"towing-a-car",img_file:"towing-a-car.jpg",img_dir:"s3static/8/",enable_amp:"1",blog_postid:"1143",blog_catid:"21",hide:"0"}]}