So you’re thinking about buying a truck camper, but aren’t sure if you need to register it in your state. You’ve come to the right place. Rather than spending hours researching your state’s motor vehicle department website, you can look right here. You may need to do additional research on your state’s laws, but at least you’ll be able to see at a glance what your state does or doesn’t require. If you see something here that is incorrect or if your state has recently made a change in state laws, please let us know so we can keep this listing up to date. We consider this post a public service to the truck camper community.
At present, eight states require the slide-in truck camper to be registered with their motor vehicle department. Some states require that it be done annually, while others require that it be done just once upon purchase. You’ll need to pay a sales tax for your camper as well. Why these states require slide-in truck campers to be registered isn’t a big mystery. It comes down to one thing—revenue. Some cash-strapped states will look for any way to generate income. Unfortunately, that’s just the way it is. It makes sense to register motorhomes, fifth-wheels, and travel trailers because they have axles, wheels, and tires, but not the truck camper. It has none of those things. Indeed, most truck campers don’t even have a vehicle identification number (VIN) like other types of RVs. Because of this, and the fact they don’t have an axle, the truck camper really should be considered cargo. Fortunately, 42 states agree with this line of reasoning.
At this point you might be wondering about titling. The states that require you to title your truck camper differs, in some cases, from the states that require registration. At present, there are 11 states that require you to title your truck camper. What proof do you have that you own a truck camper in those states that have no title requirement? That’s a great question. Every slide-in truck camper manufacturer will create a Certificate of Origin when they build a truck camper. The camper’s VIN or an equivalent identification number will be on this form. This will be signed over to you when you purchase your truck camper from the dealership. This certificate is used just like a title if you ever decide to sell your truck camper sometime in the future, so don’t lose it.
Note: The requirement to register a truck camper only applies to residents of those states. So if you’re a resident of Arizona traveling to, say, Utah, you do NOT need to register your truck camper in Utah just to visit there.
I. States that Require the Slide-in Truck Camper to be Registered:
- Rhode Island
II. States that Require the Slide-in Truck Camper to be Titled: