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Old 08-31-2014, 02:42 AM   #1
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Driving a MH with Beer or open wine bottle in the fridge??

Hello! I hope to be enjoying an RV soon, I have a question to the veterans in this site is it illegal to drive a MH with beer in the fridge or with an open bottle of wine in the fridge??? I know you cannot drive a car with an open bottle of wine so what happens in a MH?? Do I need to make sure we consume all alcohol before moving the MH?? The night before!!! Thanks
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:46 AM   #2
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In Indiana it is ok for anyone in the MH to be drinking as long as the driver does not drink, I am sure if you even have a sip and there is alcohol on your breath you will get busted so don't try it but the rest of the party and have fun.
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:49 AM   #3
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My understanding is that as long as the alcoholic beverage is not accessible to the driver there is nothing wrong with open bottles in the fridge or cabinets.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:13 AM   #4
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Found this on the Federal site. Keep in mind that it's a federal mandate that is imposed by each state and that state may interpret things differently.

https://alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/..._Vehicles.html

Why do the state comply? It's comply or lose your federal highway funding, which is pretty big money.

Open Container Laws.—
(1) In general.—For the purposes of this section, each State shall have in effect a law that prohibits the possession of any open alcoholic beverage container, or the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, in the passenger area of any motor vehicle (including possession or consumption by the driver of the vehicle) located on a public highway, or the right-of-way of a public highway, in the State.

(2) Motor vehicles designed to transport many passengers.—For the purposes of this section, if a State has in effect a law that makes unlawful the possession of any open alcoholic beverage container by the driver (but not by a passenger)—

(A) in the passenger area of a motor vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of persons for compensation; or

(B) in the living quarters of a house coach or house trailer, the State shall be deemed to have in effect a law described in this subsection with respect to such a motor vehicle for each fiscal year during which the law is in effect.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:35 AM   #5
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(B) in the living quarters of a house coach or house trailer, the State shall be deemed to have in effect a law described in this subsection with respect to such a motor vehicle for each fiscal year during which the law is in effect.
Huh? What does that mean? It sounds like each state can make it up as they go along

One thing I always say is that when it comes to LEOs yes sir and no sir goes a long way with them. Cooperate and be polite. They are just doing their job. Sure some of them have a chip on their shoulder but you will find that in any profession.

If your heading down the road with a big party going on it the back it is as good as painting a target on the side. If your minding your own business just going to your next stop and obeying the law it is not likely you will have a problem.
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Maybe I've been breaking the law for years. Probably will keep doing so. Never drinking but always have a few brews cooling for when I arrive.

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Ditto Wizard.
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Having an open bottle of vino or a few barley pops in the refer is the last thing I worry about as I roll down the road.
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I've spoken to a few police officers in my state (Maryland) and have been told as long as you don't have easy access to it an open beer is not a problem. They consider the motor home just that a home on wheels and by law cannot enter with out permission or a warrant so have fun and don't worry
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Well what about all the crazy boaters???? Their ships are less of a threat than a MH???? Coolers full of beer, drinking and driving, open containers next to the driver etc, etc. I know it's not as lax these days because of all the fatal boating accidents and I know the laws are stricter now but still give me a break.

If I'm driving down the road (MH) and have a few guys that want a beer have a beer. I won't drink. If I get stopped it won't be because I was doing something stupid and got noticed by the police. Common sense

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I'm with Wizard, too. One of the advantages we've discovered with the residential fridge is all the extra space you have for those nifty craft brews that you seem to find in every town these days. Oh ... then there are those great little wineries, too! I guess the fridge is just a staging area for a lot of our souvenirs, huh?!? \ken
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Basically. The officer has only the right to what he can see, simply by turning around, and to search areas accessable to PEOPLE in the vehicle .. So if you are wearing your seat belt, and all other occupants are as well, the FRIDGE is out of reach, and that which is inside it is out of sight.

Thus 4th amendment applies.

Or so I am told.. I, however, am NOT a lawyer and you really need to ask this question of someone who is.

But that is how I would defend the bottle of wine in my pantry.
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I don't think that most of us have even considered that issue with a motorhome. We have had partially consumed bottles of both wine and liquor in the RV, either in the refer or a cabinet. I don't think that a cold but still unopened beer would be any problem, legally. I have never even heard of the issue coming up in the past but it sure makes some interesting reading.
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I don't think that most of us have even considered that issue with a motorhome. We have had partially consumed bottles of both wine and liquor in the RV, either in the refer or a cabinet. I don't think that a cold but still unopened beer would be any problem, legally. I have never even heard of the issue coming up in the past but it sure makes some interesting reading.
Hi Kirk,

I think you nailed it with your comment regarding liquor...if I open a new bottle of Scotch the night before am I required to drink the whole bottle? The obvious answer is no. I will admit though that the OP does bring up a question to ponder...let me go grab my bottle and ponder it a little longer!
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