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Old 10-24-2008, 09:22 AM   #15
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Some states you can, some you can't

A good source for what is legal, i.e. riding in a towed trailer, in various states is a book available through AAA that outlines the motor vehicle laws for all the states and provinces. I can't imagine what it would be like to be in a trailer that breaks loose from its tow vehicle at 60 mph...no seat belts, no airbags, and stuff flying everywhere! Dick & Claire
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:00 AM   #16
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in our motorhome the ride is more probably comfortable than in a trailer (airbags and leaf springs v.torsion axles), but lately i've been toying with the idea of going back to a tv and trailer setup. a concern for safety has entered my mind as a friend recently had an accident and the airbag and seatbelt was what saved him from a world of pain.
bolting down the kids in the motorhome is a constant challenge and airbags just weren't as prevalent back in the 80's
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:25 PM   #17
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Interesting thread. One of my colleagues grew up with Airstreams. As a child in the 60's and 70s, riding in the Airstream was the norm in his family. He has fond memories of trying to close a suicide door en route as it flew open on the interstate going 60 mph.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:47 AM   #18
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Texas Laws

Funny thing about Texas law. You CAN ride in a fifth wheel trailer while being towed , but NOT a bumper pull. Go Figure
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:38 PM   #19
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Interesting thread. One of my colleagues grew up with Airstreams. As a child in the 60's and 70s, riding in the Airstream was the norm in his family. He has fond memories of trying to close a suicide door en route as it flew open on the interstate going 60 mph.

And our parents threw us in the back seat of the convertable without seatbelts going 80 MPH down the highway. Not that we had bad parents, that was just the way things were back then.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:55 PM   #20
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I think some states require safety glass in a trailer or truck camper and some require seat belts. Mostly the states that allow riding in a trailer only allow it in a 5th wheel. I haven't looked at every state, but I have noticed the laws cited in the AAA Campbooks are not always the same as those in Woodall's. I trust Woodall's more. Many states have their traffic (and other) statutes online.

Anyone ride in a popup camper?

I'll have to tell my wife to ride in the trailer to see what happens. I think if I suggested that to her, I'd end up in the trailer while she drove. I guess I'd better not suggest it.

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Old 10-28-2008, 05:08 PM   #21
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I found the link in this post quite awhile ago...looks like it's still active.

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Interesting thread. One of my colleagues grew up with Airstreams. As a child in the 60's and 70s, riding in the Airstream was the norm in his family. He has fond memories of trying to close a suicide door en route as it flew open on the interstate going 60 mph.
Nice.

But I've also seen pictures of the inside of an Airstream that was rolled with the tow vehicle. You don't want to be in there - much of the cabinetry came off the walls, while the driver and passenger in the TV walked away fine.

In my motorhome, I let my cat wander free (probably not the safest thing, and yes I do worry about what would happen to him if we got into an accident) but when we get moving he generally runs to the upper bunk and stays there until we stop.
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