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An RV industry push to legalize 45-foot motorhomes on highways nationwide continued to pick up steam in May when Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura became the fifth state chief executive to sign length-extension legislation this year.

Along with Minnesota, legislatures in Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico and Virginia approved laws this year extending to 45 feet the length of motorhomes allowed on their highways.

Bills also are pending in California, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

“We are at the very beginning stages in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Typically, those are states where it could take two years,” said Dianne Farrell, vice president of government affairs for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. (RVIA).

By the end of this year, a total of 41 states likely will have 45-foot laws, Farrell said.

In California, Gov. Grey Davis vetoed a 45-foot motorhome bill last year but a similar bill currently is before the legislature of the nation’s most populous state and largest RV market.

Now, California is the only state in the West that doesn’t allow RVs longer than 40 feet and that could put Davis under pressure this year to sign a bill allowing motorhomes up to 45 feet long to use California’s highways.

Other states limiting motorhomes to 40 feet are Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia. They likely will be targeted by RVIA next year, Farrell said.