Connecticut Trailer Laws & Regulations

In order to tow a trailer in the state of Connecticut, you must obey the laws and regulations set forth by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Trailer laws vary from state to state, so it’s important that you are familiar with the specific regulations in Connecticut. In this article, we will provide an overview of the most important trailer laws in the state. We will also discuss some common violations and penalties for breaking these laws.

Do Trailers Need License Plates In CT?

Personal trailers, such as those used for boats, snowmobiles, or other recreational vehicles, should be registered as camp trailers. For more information on registering a new or used manufactured trailer. A variety of registration types are available with vanity plates.

In Connecticut, all trailers utilized for personal uses (such as utility trailers, boat trailers, snowmobile trailer,s or towed campers) must be registered under the category of “camp trailer.” Regardless of whether the application is for a new or used trailer, you are required to submit a completed bill of sale along with your registration materials.

All homemade trailers need to pass an inspection at a DMV Safety Inspection location in order to be registered. For more information on registration, please see the requirements for registering a camp trailer.

Does Connecticut Require Trailer Insurance? If you're only using your trailer for personal use, you generally don't need trailer insurance in Connecticut. However, if you plan to use it commercially or took out a loan to buy it, you probably will be required to have some sort of coverage.

It is against the law to live in a house trailer while it is being moved on a public road.

Connecticut Trailer Laws & Regulations

Dimensions

The total length is 60 feet, the trailer length is 40 feet, and the width (excluding appurtenances) is 102 inches. The height comes in at 13 feet 6 inches.

Brakes

All trailers and semitrailers with a GVW of 3,000 lbs. or more must be equipped with a braking system that affects all wheels.

The braking system must be able to control the trailer's movement and keep it stationary.

All trailers over 8,000 lbs. must have brakes that can be activated by either the foot or hand.

Hitch and Signals

All camp trailers must be attached by a hitch and coupled to the frame of the towing vehicle using a safety chain, chains, cables, or equivalent device that is strong enough to control the trailer if the regular hitch or coupling fails.

Mirrors

Drivers towing a house trailer must have mirrors that give them a clear view of the highway directly behind their vehicle, on a line parallel to the side of their car.

Lighting

All trailers must have at least two tail lamps on the back that emit a red light visible from 1,000 feet away.

Each trailer needs to have a minimum of 2 red rear reflectors.

All trailers must be equipped with a minimum of 2 red stop lamps on the rear.

For trailers 80 inches or wider, they must have:

  • 2 front clearance lamps
  • 2 rear clearance lamps
  • 3 identification lamps placed as close to the vertical centerline as possible
  • 2 side marker lamps on each side; 1 at the front of the trailer and 1 at the back

Trailers 80 inches or more in width shall also have 2 reflectors on each side for improved safety.

Lengthy trailers (30 feet or more) must have an amber side marker lamp on each side, as well as one in the center that runs the entire length of the trailer.

Speed Limits

The speed limit is 55 mph unless otherwise posted. In some areas, the speed limit is 65 mph.

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