A compromise bill to allow motorhomes up to 45 feet on California highways will be subject to a vote by the California Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday (June 6).
However, the bill would restrict larger motorhomes to California’s truck route system, which many in the RV industry view as an obstacle.
“We understand we had to make some compromises,” said Sue Bray, vice president and executive director of the Good Sam Club. “But we are concerned that the bill does not allow people to leave the national road network to go to their homes or to a campground or to a dealer for repairs. As it stands, we think it’s very impractical.”
An amendment being considered would allow RVs to travel the same roads as commercial buses, said Craig Kirby, vice president and general counsel of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. “It’s not perfect, but it’s broader than what we have now,” he said.
The legislation also contains a requirement that drivers of motorhomes over 40 feet obtain an endorsement on their drivers licenses that would require written and practical tests and a health declaration by the applicant.
California last summer began to enforce a law that had been on the books for nearly a decade that limits motorhomes on state highways to 40 feet.