“Roadkill” - We have traveled more than 7,000 miles over the last 9 weeks, which means we have seen our share of roadkill unfortunately. Here is the running list: Moose in Canada (yes a large moose), several deer, lots of porcupines and squirrels, a small red fox, a skunk, a muskrat, turtles and several animals we were not able to identify. If we continue to allow new development in wild areas (the less the better from my standpoint), we need to have solutions to protect the animals. Drive carefully!
“Thomas Murphy” – While in Vermont we needed to find a place that had WIFI so that we could work on our blog post from our stay in PEI Canada. We ended up at a restaurant called Twiggs American Gastropub – Yelp worked again. Little did we know that the owner was a former MMA fighter. We had a chance to talk to him, talk about an intense guy! His current passion is anti-bullying. He is a motivational speaker and runs an organization called Sweethearts & Heroes. The program is doing very well and my guess is that it is all because of the intensity of Thomas! Good restaurant and interesting guy.
“State-by-State Regulations” – Apparently states have varying rules about travel trailers and driving. Not sure how many are actually enforced but listed below are some of the regulations by state:
In California, the speed limit on freeways is 55 mph for any vehicle towing a trailer and 70 without a trailer
The speed limit maximum in Texas is 70 mph during the day, and 65 at night. If you don’t take notice of this they will ticket you. It’s easy to do when leaving a state like Colorado where the speed limit maximum is 75 mph
New York doesn’t allow trailers at all on most parkways
Alabama, Arizona, Washington D.C., Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, and Tennessee each have a width restriction for trailers of 8 feet
In Connecticut width for RVs is limited to 7.5 feet, 8 feet high, length 24 feet and weight 7,300 pounds on the Merritt and Wilbur Parkways
Alabama, in addition to having an 8-foot width limit also has a trailer limit of 40 feet
If you plan to tow a trailer and a boat, or any combination of two tows, stay out of California! Contrary to California, Arizona allows, with some restrictions, more than one trailer.
Trailers are limited to 32 feet on Mississippi’s Natchez Trace
Several states have trailer brake and hitch requirements. Iowa requires equalizing hitches, sway control and brakes on all trailers over 3,000 pounds.
Minnesota requires trailers of 6,000 pounds or more to have breakaway brakes.
North Carolina requires an independent brake system for house trailers of 1,000 pounds or more.
Utah requires breakaway braking system if over 3,000 pounds.
If you have propane tanks (don’t we all?) you cannot pass through the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel or Fort McHenry tunnel in Maryland.