UPDATE: Michigan’s New No-Fault Law went into effect July 1, 2020. The information on this page was written prior to the change in the law and may be out of date. Please visit https://callsam.com/No-Fault-law/ for updated information on the new No-Fault law in Michigan.
Trailers are ideal for outdoor lovers who want to explore Michigan’s abundance of lakes, campgrounds and scenic vacation spots. However, many people don’t understand the complex rules and regulations for using and buying a trailer in Michigan. Before you make that all-important purchase, here is a guide to everything you should know about Michigan trailer laws.Do You Have a Case?
All trailers in Michigan must be registered with the Secretary of State. If your trailer weighs more than 2,500 lbs., including trailer coaches, you will also need a title.
In addition, motorists must have both registration and title for all trailer coaches; including pop-up campers, travel trailers and fifth-wheel campers.
Those who own trailers weighing more than 9,999 lbs. should contact the Secretary of State for rules pertaining to larger vehicles.
Finally, drivers must display a current license plate on their trailer at all times. License plates issued for trailers are permanent and non-transferable.
You will have to insure your trailer if it is considered a “motor vehicle” under Michigan No-Fault law. The Michigan Insurance Code (MCL 500.3101) defines a motor vehicle as follows:
A vehicle, including a trailer, that is operated or designed for operation on a public highway by power other than muscular power and has more than 2 wheels.
Accordingly, if your trailer has three or more wheels, you must insure it, including travel trailers and tractor-trailers. Michigan No-Fault insurance does not cover vehicle contents. Therefore, if you are hauling a boat or motorcycle, you should insure these valuable items separately.
If you own a two-wheel trailer, you are not required by law to insure it. However, it is a good idea to have insurance in the event you are involved in an accident.
Consider the size regulations when buying a trailer in Michigan They are as follows:
Michigan towing laws require all trailers to be equipped with certain safety equipment:
Trailers weighing less than 3,000 lbs. must have:
Trailers 3,000 lbs. or heavier are required to have all of the above in addition to the following:
This term refers to a pickup truck pulling a fifth-wheel trailer (such as an RV) with a second trailer attached to the rear.
Drivers wishing to tow a recreational double must be at least 18 and obtain an “R” license endorsement from the Secretary of State.
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