Exciting adventures await when you hitch a boat, RV or travel trailer to your vehicle and take to the open road. Whether you are spending the day at a nearby lake or traveling to a faraway metropolis, it is important to make sure you are familiar with the basic Michigan towing laws before beginning your journey.Do You Have a Case?
Trailers that weigh more than 2,500 lbs., as well as all trailer coaches, must have a title issued by the Secretary of State. Michigan towing laws require all trailers, regardless of weight, to be registered and display a valid license plate. Registration fees are based on the weight of the trailer.
License plates issued for trailers are permanent and non-transferable.
Trailer coaches such as pop-up campers, travel trailers and fifth wheel campers must be both registered and titled regardless of weight. Trailers heavier than 9,999 lbs. are subject to different classifications and safety rules.
Michigan towing laws require trailers to be equipped with the following:
Larger trailers (3,000 lbs. or heavier) must have the following equipment:
Michigan towing law (Section 721 of the Michigan Vehicle Code) provides properly equipped pickup trucks to tow “recreational doubles.” 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 of the fifth-wheel trailer. The pickup truck must have a towing rating equal to, or greater than the weight of the trailers it is towing.
To operate a recreational double, drivers must have an “R” endorsement on their license. Applicants 18 or older may apply for this endorsement at a Michigan Secretary of State office. A written test is required. There are additional regulations governing weight, the combined length of the three units and other safety features.
“If you plan on towing a trailer, brush up on Michigan towing laws and check trailer brake lights and turn signals before you go,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “And if you or a loved one is injured in an accident involving a trailer or any motor vehicle, call us to get the benefits you and your family deserve.”
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