Did you know it's only illegal in five states to ride in truck campers, and two of those states are right here in New England? We're a mecca for travelers year-round, and camping season is no exception, even during what we New Englanders consider off-season or mud season.

Anyone who owns or rents a camper, no matter where they live, loves hitting those open highways and byways to see the country or enjoy a favorite region. One of the most popular types of campers is the truck camper, which attaches to pickup trucks.

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According to Motor Biscuit, this is because the perks of simplicity are pretty attractive.  These vehicles are smaller and on the less expensive side. You can also park them in any parking space that a regular vehicle usually parks. They travel lightly, and you can get to more rural areas or hard-to-reach locations that larger campers just can't handle or maneuver to.

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But here's the thing. While another plus for many is the freedom of using truck campers as overflow for larger families by riding inside on longer journeys while someone else drives, five states say it's just too dangerous to ride in them.

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According to Truck Camper Adventure, more states should make it illegal because they don't have seatbelts while talking freely with the driver is difficult at best. Truck campers also don't go through crash testing, so they're not built for higher-speed collisions and rollover accidents.

New Hampshire and Maine are completely on board with the dangers that exist with riding in truck campers, as it's illegal to do so in those two New England states.  Arkansas, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania are the other three states where it's illegal to ride in a truck camper.

Safe travels, happy campers.

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