Travelling around multiple US states is for many, a once in a lifetime experience, and something that's undoubtedly on many of our bucket lists. One of the best, and most affordable ways to explore what each US state has to offer is to travel in an RV.
But what are the rules around crossing state lines in a rented RV? And what do you have to bear in mind before doing so?
We explain everything, so you know exactly what to expect should you ever venture out across the States!
Can you cross US state lines in a rented RV?
Yes, you can!
That's the short answer. But it is important to note that there are some key differences in driving laws state by state. These laws can be found in our article: 'What are the main differences in driving laws between states in the USA?'
Other things to consider when crossing state lines in a rented RV
Travelling through states in an RV can be an excellent way of seeing the US from a unique perspective, giving you much more freedom than a typical holiday. But as exciting as it may be, there are some things to bear in mind that will help ensure your trip runs smoothly.
Driving rules and regulations can vary significantly from one state to another, so it's really important to familiarise yourself with these before embarking on your multi-state travels. From varied speed limits to parking restrictions, seat belt laws, and sometimes rules specific to RVs.
Be sure to check the details of your RV insurance policy before your trip to make sure it covers travel between states. If you're unsure, get in touch with the insurance company and ask for written confirmation of this.
Getting petrol - or 'gas' as it's more commonly referred to in the US - is something you should always plan in advance when travelling through different states in an RV. Use Google Maps or a similar navigation tool to calculate the distance between petrol stations along your route to avoid running out and getting stuck - you'll thank us later!
Regulations surrounding RV parking at campsites can differ from state to state, with many requiring booking in advance and some having limitations of the length of your stay. It's wise to check all of these before you go to prevent any unpleasant surprises.
Have documents to hand
Important documents such as your driving licence, insurance details and RV rental agreements should always be kept in easy reach just in case you're asked to provide them at any point.
You wouldn't be the only one!
In 2022, more than 22 million tourists flocked to the US, that's an increase of 15% since 2020. And unsurprisingly, many of these visitors decided to rent RVs and travel across the states!
In fact, in 2020, the RV market size in the US was valued at an impressive $21.95 billion. That's more than £17.27 billion - clearly demonstrating the longstanding popularity of RVs across the country.
In brief, crossing state lines in a rented RV is very much possible in the US, and brings with it a wealth of exciting opportunities for adventure. But as with any trip, it’s important to be mindful of a few things before you travel to help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time.