CHAPTER 133

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 49

AS AMENDED BY

HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE SIZE AND WEIGHT OF VEHICLES AND LOADS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend § 4502(b), Title 21 of the Delaware Code, by adding thereto a new paragraph as follows:

"(4) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) or (3) of this subsection:

a. No recreational vehicle, including any load or truck camper thereon or any camping trailer, recreational trailer, or park trailer attached thereto, shall exceed a total outside width of 102 inches, exclusive of any safety equipment, which shall not extend beyond the federal motor vehicle safety standards for such equipment, or appurtenances such as awnings and lights which are integral to the construction of the vehicle, installed by the vehicle's manufacturer or dealer, and do not extend more than 6 inches wider on each side of the vehicle; provided, however, that such vehicles permissibly exceeding the 102 inch width limit with its attached equipment or appurtenances shall only be operated:

(i) on roadways having travel lanes at least eleven feet in width, unless prohibited by the Department of Transportation or by a municipality based on safety reasons and marked with signs prohibiting such vehicles; or

(ii) on any roadway of the State when such a vehicle is being operated between a roadway permitted under subparagraph (i) and:

A. the location where the recreational vehicle, recreational trailer, park trailer, camping trailer or truck camper is garaged; or

B. the destination of the recreational vehicle, recreational trailer, park trailer, camping trailer or truck camper; or

C. a facility for food, fuel, repair, services or rest.

b. No single recreational vehicle, including any load or truck camper thereon, shall exceed 45 feet in length; and

c. No combination of a recreational vehicle with any vehicle, including the load thereon, nor any combination of any motor vehicle with any camping trailer, recreational trailer, or park trailer attached thereto, shall exceed 65 feet in length."

Section 2. Amend § 4503(b), Title 21 of the Delaware Code, by adding thereto a new paragraph as follows:

"(7) Notwithstanding paragraphs (5) or (6) of this subsection:

a. No recreational vehicle, including any load or truck camper thereon or any camping trailer, recreational trailer, or park trailer attached thereto, shall exceed a total outside width of 102 inches, exclusive of any safety equipment, which shall not extend beyond the federal motor vehicle safety standards for such equipment, or appurtenances such as awnings and lights which are integral to the construction of the vehicle, installed by the vehicle's manufacturer or dealer, and do not extend more than 6 inches wider on each side of the vehicle;

b. No single recreational vehicle, including any load or truck camper thereon, shall exceed 45 feet in length; and

c. No combination of a recreational vehicle with any vehicle, including the load thereon, nor any combination of any motor vehicle with any camping trailer, recreational trailer, or park trailer attached thereto, shall exceed 65 feet in length."

Section 3. Amend § 101, Title 21 of the Delaware Code, by adding thereto the following new subsections:

"(81) 'Camping trailer' includes any non-motorized vehicular portable unit mounted on wheels and designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel use. A 'camping trailer' may be constructed with or without collapsible partial side walls that fold for towing by another vehicle and unfold in set-up mode, however, the trailer must weigh 5,000 pounds or less.

(82) 'Truck camper' includes any portable unit that is constructed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel use, consisting of a roof, floor, and sides, which is designed to be loaded onto and unloaded from the bed of a pickup truck."

Approved July 11, 2003