Ask a Trooper: What are rules for motorcycle trailers?

Published 9:31 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ask a Trooper by Troy Christianson

Troy Christianson


Question: I am planning on taking a motorcycle trip across the country. Does a trailer pulled behind a motorcycle need to be registered?

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Answer: If you are pulling a trailer, it must be registered according to its weight. If the trailer is lightweight, it may be permanently registered as a utility trailer or as an RV under 1,500 pounds. The trailer registration is separate from the motorcycle’s registration.

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If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol, at 2900 48th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901-5848; or reach him at

Troy Christianson is a sergeant with the Minnesota State Patrol.