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Along with Length Restrictions, What Other Laws Do You Need to be Aware of?

Posted on May 14, 2021

You might be wondering whether there are there any other restrictions in California other than the RV length. And indeed, there are. At 1st Choice Rental, we want to make sure that you are aware of any restrictions in place before you commit to your California motorhome rental. We want you to be prepare and that you plan ahead. That way you can have a stress-free RV trip in our beautiful Southern California.

From choosing the right Calabasas RV rental for your upcoming adventure to planning the itinerary for your Orange County RV road trip, there is a lot to prepare before your vacation. As the leading provider of Orange County RV rentals, 1st Choice RV is here for you. To help you and your family have the best California motorhome road trip possible, there are also a handful of regulations and restrictions you should be aware of.

Whether you are planning a Los Angeles motorhome road trip from out of state or are a resident of California new to our Southern California motorhome rentals, you should be aware of our state-specific RV laws. Below are a few things to pay extra close attention to.

Overnight Parking

While one of the perks of Orange County RV rentals is the ability to sleep anywhere, you need to pay close attention to where overnight parking is allowed. Generally speaking, you should assume that overnight parking is not allowed in most California cities. You should instead seek out campgrounds, national forests, or state parks. In a pinch, many big box stores – like Wal-Mart – will not have a problem with you parking your Calabasas RV rental for a night.

Speed Limits

Every California motorhome has to obey the same speed limits as all other vehicles on the road. However, there are exemptions if you are towing a car behind your Los Angeles motorhome or if you are exploring in an Orange County travel trailer rental. When towing, the speed limit is 55 mph.

Towing Laws

Speaking of towing, there are a handful of towing-specific laws that apply to RV and motorhome rentals in Orange County. For one, you are not allowed to triple tow in the state of California. That is, you cannot have more than two vehicles attached to each other when traveling. Additionally, if you are towing, you must be carrying reflective signs, a fire extinguisher, and a safety chain or breakaway switch in your vehicle in case things go south.

Campground Rules

While not DMV specific, it is worth examining specific campground rules before making a reservation with your California motorhome rentals. Many campgrounds, especially those in state and national parks, have size regulations or special areas designated for specific types of motorhomes. Before making a reservation, it is a good idea to double-check that your Orange County RV is permissible.

There is a lot to consider when building your perfect California motorhome vacation. It is undeniably more fun to pick vehicles and plan itineraries, but it is also a good idea to brush up on local and state regulations. We have provided a good outline above, but you can always give the passionate staff at 1st Choice RV a call with any questions. We’re here for you!


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