Owning trailers and trailer hitches in Eugene, OR is a great privilege. We live in such a beautiful and geographically diverse state, and being able to explore it all in our car with a trailer attached can lead to some great adventures. Trailers are also a useful and affordable solution for towing and moving belongings. But one downside to owning a trailer can be how unclear the laws are surrounding it.
As a business that sells and repairs trailers and trailer hitches in Eugene, OR, we’re well aware of the different laws and requirements, but we find that sometimes our customers aren’t up to speed on all the legal information. Here’s a handy guide to some of what you’ll need to know about the law and trailer hitches in Eugene, OR. We hope this keeps you safe and out of trouble.
- Brakes: Some states require an entirely separate braking system for your trailer. Oregon law does not call for that, but it does state that your vehicle and trailer combined should be able to stop within the legal distance limit. It also states that all vehicles, with the exception of motorcycles, need to have a parking brake installed at all times. And although a separate brake system for your trailer isn’t required here, it isn’t a bad idea from a safety standpoint.
- Dimensions: Any trailer that weighs more than 1,800 pounds needs to be registered through the DMV. The dimension limits for trailers here in Oregon are as follows: 45 feet long, 102 inches wide, and 14 feet tall.
- Hitches: Any trailer that needs two or more connections to your vehicles must also be equipped with a safety chain. The laws for hitches vary greatly depending on size and weight, so consult a knowledgeable trailer service to make sure your trailer hitch situation is entirely legal.
- Lighting: Much like your car, your trailer must have two taillights, two rear reflectors, lights for your turn signals, two brake lights and license plate lights. A trailer that is over 80 inches wide and less than 30 feet long needs to have two front lights as well as two clearance lights. There are other laws regarding different length, height and width variations, so ask your salesperson about which lights your trailer will legally be required to have.
- Mirrors: When it comes to mirrors, Oregon trailer laws essentially follow common sense: you need to have mirrors that are placed and sized so that you can see the area at least 200 feet behind your trailer.
- Speed limit: If your trailer weighs more than 8,000 pounds, then you need to always be in the right-most lane (also known as the slow lane) of traffic.
- Human passengers: Unless your trailer is a fifth-wheel trailer with special safety doors and windows, no passengers are allowed to ride in your trailer.
If you have any questions about the legality or safety of your Oregon trailer, please don’t hesitate to contact Ron’s Hitch N Tow. We look forward to assisting you!