Legal Things to Know When Living in a Travel Trailer

That delightful freedom experienced on the open road doesn’t extend to bypassing certain laws and restrictions concerning living in travel trailers full-time. While it’s not illegal to live full-time in an RV, there are some guidelines and legal issues you should be aware of.

Parking Anywhere is a No-No

It is illegal to simply park your travel trailer anywhere you want, and this may be applicable even on your own property. However, there are plenty of campsites, mobile home parks and RV parks that cater to travel trailer owners.

Many will even let you pay rent and park there for months or years at a time, and a few even sell lots to those wanting a ‘forever’ spot for their home.

Many cities and counties actually forbid full-time dwelling on certain types of residential properties, so know your local ordinances before parking your rig.

Know the Road Rules

You’ll need a legitimate driver’s license but will likely not require a special type unless your travel trailer is very large and heavy.

Crossing state lines can get tricky, as the laws concerning what is considered contraband, weight, height and length restrictions for RV’s can vary vastly. If towing or combining two vehicles when traveling, there can be other laws to investigate.

Keeping Travel Trailers Street Legal

Again, licensing shouldn’t be an issue for most, but travel trailers do need to be insured. Fortunately, most RV insurance is very affordable, and it will not only keep the vehicle street legal but bring you peace of mind should an accident or theft occur.

Depending on the state the vehicle is registered, you will likely need to annually get an updated sticker or plates for your travel trailer.

Knowing the laws where you plan to travel in advance and keeping your rig on the right side of the law at all times will certainly help you live with less worry and concern wherever you may roam.