With winter’s early arrival, it’s tempting to pack up your RV (recreational vehicle) and head for warmer locales. However, before you go, it’s important to familiarize yourself with current Michigan RV towing laws. Following these regulations, which include required safety features, will make your journey safer and more enjoyable.Do You Have a Case?
If your trailer weighs more than 2,500 lbs., you must obtain a title from the Michigan Secretary of State. All trailers, regardless of weight, must be registered and display a valid license plate.
Owners must have a title and registration for all trailer coaches; including pop-up campers, travel trailers, and fifth-wheel campers.
Trailers weighing 2,500 lbs. or more, which includes most RVs, must be equipped with turn signals. Further, they must have two red or amber rear stop lights visible from at least 100 feet at all times.
In addition, Michigan RV towing laws require the following equipment on trailers heavier than 3,000 lbs.:
This term refers to a pickup truck pulling a fifth-wheel trailer, designed for recreational living purposes, with a second trailer attached to the rear. Sometimes called “fivers,” these trailers provide the greatest amount of comfort and living space.
Here are the Michigan RV towing laws specific to recreational doubles:
Once you reach your destination, you may want to drive a less cumbersome vehicle, such as your car. If so, here are a few ways to transport your car while driving your RV.
This is the least expensive and easiest method of towing your car, also known as flat-towing or dinghy towing. Because all four wheels of the car remain on the ground, your tires will wear evenly.
These devices, which attach directly to the RV, lift the front wheels of the car off the ground. However, your tires will wear unevenly unless you rotate them periodically during the trip.
While this option is the most costly, it allows you to protect your car from weather damage, vandalism, and theft. In addition, you can use the trailer for other items such as bicycles, ATVs, or extra equipment.
If you are traveling with others, you may want to enlist one of your passengers to drive your car in caravan with your RV. Or, you or the other passengers could take turns driving the car when you stop to rest or refuel.
Michigan towing laws are complicated, but finding the right attorney is simple.
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