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2006 – 50 State Towing Laws

December 2, 2004
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Although some are content to camp close to home and never trailer across state lines, others are more adventurous and love to take their rig to new locations. The beauty of trailer camping is, after all, being able to go where our whims take us. It’s all the more important, then, to keep abreast of trailering laws.

Not only do tow laws vary by state, but sometimes campers are caught off guard when their home-state regulations change. One area that begs scrutiny, for example, is the threshold trailer weight at which trailer brakes are legally required.

While the following is a guideline of 2006 towing laws for each state, it’s advisable to contact state or provincial motor vehicle departments for specifics on each area you plan to travel through. You should also be aware that while our chart lists maximum towing speeds, these generally apply only to major highways. — Editors

State Max Towing
Speed (MPH)
Max Trailer
Length
Max Trailer
Width
Max Trailer
Height
Max Overall
Length
Weight Requiring
Trailer Brake(lbs)

Alabama 65 40′ 8′ 13’6″ N/S 3000
Alaska 45 40′ 8’6″ 14′ 75′ 5000
Arizona 55 40′ 8′ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
Arkansas 70 53’6″ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
California 55 40′ 8’6″ 14′ 65′ 1500
Colorado 65 N/S 8’6″ 14’6″ 70′ 3000
Connecticut 65 N/S 8’6″ 13’6″ 60′ 3000
Delaware 55 40′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ N/S
Wash. D.C. 55 60′ 8′ 13’6″ 85′ 3000
Flordia 65 40′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
Georgia 55 N/S 8’6″ 13’6″ 60′ 3000
Hawaii 50 40′ 9′ 14′ 65′ 3000
Idaho 75 48′ 8’6″ 14′ 75′ 1500
Illinois 55 60′ 8′ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
Indiana 55 40′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
Iowa 65 N/S 8′ 14′ 70′ 3000
Kansas 55 N/S 8’6″ 14′ 65′ N/S
Kentucky 65 N/S 8′ 13’6″ 63′ N/S
Louisiana 70 40′ 8′ 13’6″ 70′ 3000
Maine 65 48′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
Maryland 65 40′ 8′ 13’6″ 55′ 3000
Massachusetts 65 40′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ N/S
Michigan 55 45′ 8’6″ 12’6″ 65′ 3000
Minnesota 65 45′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 60′ 3000
Mississippi 55 40′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 53′ 2000
Missouri 60 N/S 8′ 13’6″ 55′ N/S
Montana 65 N/S 8’6″ 14′ 65′ 3000
Nebraska 65 40′ 8’6″ 14’6″ 65′ 3000
Nevada 65 N/S 8′ 14′ 70′ 3000
New Hampshire 65 48′ 8’6″ 13’6″ N/S N/S
New Jersey 55 40′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 50′ N/S
New Mexico 75 40′ 8’6″ 14′ 75′ 3000
New York 65 48′ 8′ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
N. Carolina 55 35′ 8′ 13’6″ 60′ 4000
N. Dakota 70 53′ 8’6″ 14′ 75′ N/S
Ohio 55 40′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ 2000
Oklahoma 70 40′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
Oregon 55 45′ 8’6″ 14′ 65′ N/S
Pennsylvania 55 N/S 8’6″ 13’6″ 60′ 3000
Rhode Island 55 N/S 8’6″ 13’6″ 60′ 4000
S. Carolina 55 48′ 8’6″ 13’6″ N/S 3000
S. Dakota 75 N/S N/S 14′” N/S 3000
Tennessee 70 N/S 8’6″ 13’6″ N/S 3000
Texas 65 N/S 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ 4500
Utah 65 40′ 8’6″ 14′ 65′ N/S
Vermont 55 45′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
Virginia 65 45′ 8’6″ 13’6″ 65′ 3000
Washington 60 N/S 8’6″ 14′ 60′ 3000
W. Virginia 55 40′ 8′ 13’6″ 75′ 3000
Wisconsin 65 N/S 8’6″ 13’6″ 60′ 3000
Wyoming 60 45′ 8’6″ 14′ 65′ N/S

*As published in AAA’s 71st Edition Digest of Motor Laws.

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