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Old 05-08-2021, 06:28 PM   #1
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Maryland State Parks & Alcohol

I've always tent camped so never bothered with alcohol. I looked at the state park policy and saw this exemption to the no alcohol policy:


Per state law, the interior of motor homes are exempt.


Would the interior of a travel trailer fall under the same exemption? Anyone have any experience?
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Camping in Maryland is like being in a Tarzan movie.
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I've always tent camped so never bothered with alcohol. I looked at the state park policy and saw this exemption to the no alcohol policy:


Per state law, the interior of motor homes are exempt.


Would the interior of a travel trailer fall under the same exemption? Anyone have any experience?

No experience but, I would say any fully self contained living facility (vehicle) would be exempt. I've also seen in print, "no alcoholic beverages off your site". So, I guess you can't go walking to a buddy's site with a beer in your hand!
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Camping in Maryland is like being in a Tarzan movie.
OMG, almost spewed my beer. For the OP, the alcohol rules are only for those who don't know how to fly low under the radar and who become instant a-holes, just add alcohol. For the rest of us, there is not an issue.
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I've always tent camped so never bothered with alcohol. I looked at the state park policy and saw this exemption to the no alcohol policy:


Per state law, the interior of motor homes are exempt.


Would the interior of a travel trailer fall under the same exemption? Anyone have any experience?
Yes not a problem. From a practical point of view, even outside in cups is ok. The rangers are not running around sniffing your drink cups. Just keep containers out of sight and don't become a problem and you are fine.
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Yes not a problem. From a practical point of view, even outside in cups is ok. The rangers are not running around sniffing your drink cups. Just keep containers out of sight and don't become a problem and you are fine.
Not in MD, but we used to frequently go to Trout Pond in West Va. It is a national forest campground. They had a no alcohol policy but was never an issue having a drink as long as you were not being obnoxious. The camp host would even talk to us while having a cold one and tell us this.
Suddenly one weekend trip everything changed and there were actually rangers walking into sites who where people were sitting by their camp fire and making them pour out any alcohol they had in their hand.
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We were camping in Brown Mt. NC and a ranger came into camp when we were not there. He apparently saw a case of beer in the back of a truck. He came back later that evening when we were there and gave us a ticket for having alcohol on the site.
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I've never seen the rule enforced, but I'd imagine foolish, alcohol-induced behavior might get a visit from the po-po.
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I camp in MD alot. Never an issue, just dont act crazy and show the container. I just use the standard beer covers. ranger drives by and waves.
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We've camped in travel trailers at numerous state parks for 15 years with no alcohol policies; we drank beer and wine in our trailer and sometimes in a solo cup outside with never an issue.

If you don't give the park staff a reason to bust you, they rarely go looking for trouble. I believe that Delaware state parks actually just revised their policy to allow alcohol.

That said, when you're at a no-alcohol campground, it's always a bad idea to walk around with a beer can in your hand, or keep beer in your vehicle where people can see it, or put a wine bottle next to a window, or throw beer cans on the ground outside your camper.

Common sense goes a long way in these situations.
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We enjoy 'grape' juice with dinner and sometimes an 'orange' juice during the day when hot and/or after a bike ride. We just don't flaunt it and our wine tumblers have become useful for all beverages. You can't tell me that everyone in a state park is adhering to the rules!
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Outrageous!

A very good reason to stay out of those parks! I had always determined that your RV was considered an extension of your home residence. I am amazed that any kind of law like this could ever be passed.
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Oh my.......
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Roger that! Hope to see you in NY but I have a conflict in TN. Can'tbe in two places, with or without red solo cop!
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OMG, almost spewed my beer. For the OP, the alcohol rules are only for those who don't know how to fly low under the radar and who become instant a-holes, just add alcohol. For the rest of us, there is not an issue.
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Here"s what you need for canned adult beverages. https://beersy.com/collections/beersy


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OMG, almost spewed my beer. For the OP, the alcohol rules are only for those who don't know how to fly low under the radar and who become instant a-holes, just add alcohol. For the rest of us, there is not an issue.
I couldn’t agree more with NJ Kris, we stayed at assateague and had huge amounts of booze without any problems. I literally walked to and on the beach with a red solo cup filled with the strongest bourbon and Dr. Pepper a human could consume and still claim there is Dr. Pepper in the drink.
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NOPE

NOPE... if I can't have a can of beer outside of my trailer then I'll stay the hell out of the State.
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I guess you can't go walking to a buddy's site with a beer in your hand!

I'll drink to that one
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