(a website visitor asks...)

Can we use the bathroom in the RV when it is in motion on the highway, or do we have to stop at rest stops to use their bathrooms?

Coleen, the RVing editor comments:

I think every state has a seatbelt law that requires the driver and all passengers to be buckled up in a seatbelt or child restraint car seat while the vehicle is moving. So, if you are abiding by that law, you can't get up and walk around in your motorhome while it is going down the highway to use the bathroom, get a snack, or to do anything else.

As far as how an RV toilet functions, there wouldn't be a problem in using it while the motorhome is being driven.

I don't blame you for not wanting to use public restrooms. If you have a child and no same-sex adult to accompany her/him into the restroom, it could be especially tricky; I wouldn't feel safe doing it. However, I also believe it is wrong for children more than three or four years old to be in the opposite gender bathroom. Fortunately, with an RV there is good solution.

Use your RV bathroom when you are stopped at the rest area or some other parking site. That way you don't have to worry about using a public restroom that may not be clean or safe. And, you are setting a good example of following the seatbelt law and putting safety first.

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