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Complete Guide Of State Towing Speeds & Laws You May Not Know

If you are used to towing your trailer around the the U.S., you probably know that maximum towing speeds vary in each state and U.S territories. If you are a new RVer and want to go exploring beyond your own backyard, check out this list of each state’s towing speed limits you will see on most highways and interstates.

In addition, we are including some camping and towing laws you might not be familiar with!

The best way to get the most up-to-date information for each state is to contact the Department of Transportation or the Highway Patrol of each state you plan to drive through. Of course, no matter where you are towing your travel trailer keep your eyes on the road and always follow whatever limit is posted.

This list includes the maximum towing speeds for each state.

Alabama

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: RVers are required to keep their headlights on when towing in Alabama.

Alaska

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: RVers are required to carry flares or reflective signs, fire extinguishers and a gas detector in Alaska.

Arizona

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Triple towing is allowed with a fifth wheel.

Arkansas

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed unless posted otherwise.

California

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Vehicles towing in California are restricted to the right hand lane.

Colorado

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Colorado allows you to tow two trailers at once.

Connecticut

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: RVs are not allowed in carpool lanes in Connecticut.

Delaware

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Delaware requires two separate ways to apply both vehicle and trailer brakes.

District of Columbia

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: The maximum RV width is 8 feet.

Florida

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Florida does not allow double or triple towing.

Passenger are actually allowed to ride inside trailers, fifth wheels and truck campers in Arizona and Indiana.

Georgia

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Overnight parking in rest areas is not allowed in Georgia.

Hawaii

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: The maximum trailer length in Hawaii is 48 feet.

Idaho

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Passengers are allowed to ride inside truck campers.

Illinois

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Trailers are not allowed on boulevards in and around Chicago.

Indiana

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: The maximum motorhome length in Indiana is 45 feet.

Iowa

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Passengers are allowed to ride in fifth wheels, travel trailers and pickup campers.

Kansas

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Kansas allows trailers and RVs up to 14 feet in height.

Kentucky

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Kentucky law does not specifically require brakes on any passenger car trailers, regardless of weight.

Louisiana

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Passengers are permitted to ride in pickup campers only.

Maine

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Maine only allows one boat or travel trailer to be towed.

In Alaska and Montana, RVers are required to carry flares in their travel trailer.

Maryland

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Maryland does not allow liquid propane gas in some I-95 tunnels.

Massachusetts

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Trailers are not permitted on many parkways in the Boston area.

Michigan

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: In Michigan, trailer tires must have a minimum tread of 2/32 inches.

Minnesota

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Minnesota allows triple towing, but only a fifth wheel and watercraft/ATV/motorcycle/snowmobile combo.

Mississippi

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Passengers are not allowed to ride in any fifth wheel, travel trailer or pickup camper.

Missouri

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Missouri only requires a brake system on 5th wheel trailers.

Montana

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: All RVs are required to carry flares or reflective signs.

Nebraska

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: All RVs are required to have flares or reflective signs.

Nevada

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: In Nevada drivers and passengers cannot have an open alcoholic beverage container inside the tow vehicle, however open containers are allowed in the living area of a motorhome or travel trailer.

New Hampshire

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Overnight parking in New Hampshire rest areas is not allowed.

New Jersey

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Open propane cylinders are not allowed while traveling on New Jersey open highways.

New Mexico

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed, but no more than 24 hours in any three-day period in the same area.

New York

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Liquid propane is prohibited in all New York tunnels.

North Carolina requires travel trailers of 1,000 lbs. or more to have an independent brake system.

North Carolina

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: North Carolina requires an independent brake system for travel trailers of 1,000 lbs. or more.

North Dakota

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Every trailer doing at a speed of 25 mph must have safety chains attached to the tow vehicle.

Ohio

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Brakes are required if the trailer has an empty weight of over 2,000 lbs.

Oklahoma

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Oklahoma state law requires that a maximum travel trailer length be under 40 feet.

Oregon

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Oregon prohibits self-service dispensing at retail fuel stations.

Pennsylvania

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Any trailer being towed in the state of Pennsylvania must be equipped with a fully functioning brake system.

Rhode Island

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Rhode Island does allow overnight parking in state rest areas.

Virginia only allows travel trailers to carry two propane cylinders.

South Carolina

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: In South Carolina the total length limit of combined tow vehicle and travel trailer is 60 feet.

South Dakota

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: All towed vehicles, motor trucks or trailers over 8,000 lbs. must stop at weigh stations.

Tennessee

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: The maximum trailer width in Tennessee is 8 feet.

Texas

Towing speed limit: 60 mph during the day; 55 mph at night
Did you know?: Overnight parking in rest areas has a 24 hour limit.

Utah

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Utah allows RVs and trailers up to 14 feet tall.

Vermont

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: All trailers traveling through Vermont are required to carry a useable fire extinguisher.

Virginia

Towing speed limit: 55 mph
Did you know?: Virginia only allows two propane gas tanks of 20 lbs. each per travel trailer.

Washington

Towing speed limit: 60 mph
Did you know?: Overnight parking is permitted in Washington state rest areas, but cannot exceed eight hours.

West Virginia

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Triple towing is not allowed in West Virginia.

Wisconsin

Towing speed limit: 65 mph
Did you know?: Triple towing is allowed with a special permit.

Wyoming

Towing speed limit: 60 mph
Did you know?: When towing in Wyoming, you must be able to stop in 40 feet while driving at 20 mph.