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Old 04-25-2014, 10:12 AM   #11
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But that's only if the State Trooper from Tennessee knows that in your Canadian Province you are legal... and even then, you can get into troubles.

Best thing is to always search ahead and enquire to the proper authorities!
My Dad had an experience with that in the early 1980s when he had a popup. It was under 3,000 pounds and Wisconsin did not (and still does not) require a license plate for the trailer. He got pulled over and handed a ticket by a Tennessee State Trooper for not having a plate. He explained that WI did not require one but the Tennessee State Trooper did not understand the reciprocity laws. He had to go to the courthouse to have it thrown out by the judge.
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Link to state restrictions

http://www.rvsafely.com/rvroadlaws.htm
Think that site hasn't been updated in years.
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Some states do have pacts or reciprocity agreements but not all of them and most only cover "paperwork" violations, not "moving" violations.
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Some states do have pacts or reciprocity agreements but not all of them and most only cover "paperwork" violations, not "moving" violations.
Wouldn't this be covered by Article IV, Section 1 of the United States Constitution, known as the "Full Faith and Credit Clause", which addresses the duties that states within the United States have to respect the "public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state"?

I'm not a lawyer but my understanding is this law ensures that if I have a driver's license in IL I can drive to WI or IN. Otherwise I would need to obtain a driver's license in each state I wish to drive.
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I don't think you have anything to worry about. People drive in every state every day with large camp trailers.
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My Dad had an experience with that in the early 1980s when he had a popup. It was under 3,000 pounds and Wisconsin did not (and still does not) require a license plate for the trailer. He got pulled over and handed a ticket by a Tennessee State Trooper for not having a plate. He explained that WI did not require one but the Tennessee State Trooper did not understand the reciprocity laws. He had to go to the courthouse to have it thrown out by the judge.

That is kind of funny cause a guy that camps with us is from Tn and his little trailer does not have to have a plate on it..
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Seann, you are correct. A friend of mine in Tennessee has a lawn service and he doesn't need a plate on his small work trailer. He doesn't need lights on the trailer either if you can see the lights on the back of the tow vehicle when you are following him. His trailer had no lights and no plate and he worked near Nashville.
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Maybe I'm remembering the wrong state. I know it was on a trip from Milwaukee to Disney World but it was also 30 years ago and I was too young to remember but my Dad has told the story many times. It could have been KY or GA.
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