Do You Have to Wear a Seatbelt in an RV?

Wearing seatbelts in RVs is one of the most hotly debated topics in RVing safety. Manufacturers don’t have to follow the same strict guidelines for seatbelts in the rear of a motorhome as they do for the front cab area.

This means rear seatbelts in RVs often attach to wooden floors rather than steel or other types of metal. They can give a false sense of security.

If you’re involved in an accident, RV furniture and items in cabinets can come crashing down on a rear occupant.

Although the term RV may encompass many types, recreational vehicles have specific classes that designate a towable RV from a drivable RV.

What Are the Different Types of RVs?

For example, towables include travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop-up campers, toy haulers, and any other type of RV pulled by another vehicle.

Although you can legally ride in a towable RV in some states, this isn’t something you should do. It’s safest for passengers to sit in the tow vehicle.

Which RVs Can You Ride in While Moving?

This is one reason many families choose this type of RV. Their tow vehicle makes a safe place for children to ride in their car seats.

All states require the two people sitting in the cab to wear a seatbelt. New Hampshire is the only state that has exceptions, but it’s best to follow this law no matter where you drive.

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