RV Quick Tips: Can you legally carry an open container of alcohol while traveling in your motorhome?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Can you legally carry an open container of alcohol while traveling in your motorhome?





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by Russ and Tina De Maris

Here’s a question that can trip up an RVer in a hurry: Is it OK to have an “open container” of alcohol in your motorhome while traveling down America’s byways?
A frequent comment made by the fireside and in Internet RV chat rooms is, “Sure, no problem!” In some places you’d be right and, in others, legally wrong. Here’s the scoop:
Open container laws are generally written to keep a driver from having too easy an access to liquor while keeping his vehicle safely on the road. And those laws are not a federal mandate, but a state’s rights matter. Hence, making a blanket statement could lead to a traffic ticket — and some of them are pretty steep indeed.
In California, a passenger in a motorhome in possession of an open alcohol container is not a problem; neither is a situation like this “citation-able” in Maine, nor Montana. It gets trickier in Florida — how big is your motorhome? If you’ve got a 20-foot motorhome, an open container is a violation.

Bottom line: If having an open container of alcohol while on the road is important to you, you’re highly advised to check out the laws of any state you plan on RVing through before you get there. Here’s a website with some guidelines.

Then I also have a simple solution to this issue, have a trailer, then it is in a different vehicle, not in the drivers compartment at all. Problem solved (well for some)

About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on October 15, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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