RVIA: Washington State RV Length Snafu Solved

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Travel trailers between 40 feet and 46 feet long are once again legal in Washington state.

On March 25, 2020, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law to solve an RV length issue. The new law allows travel trailers up to 46 feet in length and will go into effect on June 11, 2020.

“This is a great victory for the RV industry, and we are grateful for everyone in the Washington legislature that worked with us to prevent any negative implications for the RV industry and RV dealers in the state had we not been able to get this bill passed,” RVIA Manager of State Affairs Nick Rudowich said. “The bill goes into effect in early summer, but thanks to our work with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, RV trailers up to 45 feet will continue to be approved in the meantime.”

Although the bill had received broad and bipartisan support since introduction, it was placed in the “x” files of the Senate Rules Committee earlier this month, all but assuring the bill would not progress further this legislative session. However, through the work of RVIA, instate Washington RV Dealers, the association’s lobbyist and champions in the Washington State Legislature, the bill was resurrected and passed with an overwhelming 47-1 vote in the state Senate.

This bill will fix an issue that began last summer when Washington state decided to stop approving plans for travel trailers over 40 feet in length, despite the fact travel trailers over the 40 feet had been produced, sold and registered in the state for decades.

For more information on this issue, contact Nick Rudowich at [email protected]

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