Minnesota Trailer Laws & Trailer Regulations

Minnesota's laws and regulations for trailers are listed below:


Minnesota Trailer Brake Laws

A trailer or a semitrailer with a gross weight of 3,000 lbs. or more, or a gross weight that exceeds the empty weight of the towing vehicle, must be equipped with brakes that can adequately control the movement of and stop and hold the trailer or semitrailer.

A trailer or semitrailer with a gross weight of 6,000 lbs. or more, must be equipped with brakes that are constructed so that they can hold the trailer or semitrailer if it becomes detached from the towing vehicle.



Minnesota Trailer Dimension Laws

Trailers are allowed up to 45 feet maximum length. Maximum length of towing vehicle and trailer combined is 60 feet. Maximum allowed width of a vehicle is 102 inches. Maximum height allowed is 13 feet 6 inches. 



Minnesota Trailer Hitch and Signal Laws

The drawbar or other connection between the 2 vehicles must not be more than 15 feet. 



Minnesota Trailer Lighting Laws

Every trailer or semitrailer manufactured after January 1, 1960 must be equipped with at least 2 properly mounted rear headlamps, and at least 2 reflectors. The rear headlamps must emit a red light for a distance of 500 feet. The reflectors must be mounted between 20 and 60 inches from the ground and must be visible from all distances within 50 to 300 feet from the vehicle.

Trailers or semitrailer manufactured before January 1, 1960 must be equipped with at least 1 properly mounted rear headlamp.



Minnesota Trailer Mirror Laws

Every motor vehicle, which is connected with another vehicle so that it obstructs the driver’s rear view, must be equipped with a rearview mirror that enables the driver to see for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the last vehicle being towed.



Minnesota Trailer Speed Limit Laws

Same as passenger cars/trucks.



Minnesota Trailer Towing Laws







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