Q&A - Drinking in a Motorhome

Q&A ImageI was wondering about drinking in a motor home and its legality. I understand that definition of motor home from the Motor Vehicle Act. I further understand that a person must not drive or otherwise exercise control over the operation of a motor vehicle. The law states that alcohol can be in a motor home but the liquor must be kept in a cabinet away from the driver's area. Does this mean that passengers in the RV can not drink alcohol at all?

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It all comes down to whether the motorhome or other RV is being used as a dwelling or not. If it is not being used for a dwelling, you are correct, no one can legally consume liquor inside.

This is the definition of residence from the Liquor Control and Licensing Act:

"residence" means

(a) a building or part of it, or a trailer, camper, manufactured home, tent or vessel that is genuinely and actually occupied and used by the owner, lessee or tenant solely as a

(i) private dwelling,

(ii) private guest room in a hotel, motel, auto court, lodging house, boarding house or club, or (iii) private summer dwelling, or a private dwelling or living place used during vacation periods or a private lodge, or

(b) a building or part of it designated by the general manager in a permit or other document as a private dwelling,

together with the land appurtenant to it that is essential or appropriate for the convenient use, occupation and enjoyment of a private dwelling or private summer dwelling;

Once you stop driving the RV and park it to use for camping purposes, it becomes a residence and is now legal to consume liquor inside of.

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