Florida Trailer Towing Laws

by Joey CampbellUpdated July 12, 2023
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The stage government of Florida has created trailer towing laws (not semitrailer laws), regulations, and safety devices for road safety and better driving conditions. Each year, many retired people, known as snowbirds, move temporarily to Florida for the winter. During storm season, many people exit Florida in panic mode as they evacuate their area due to incoming hurricanes. Trucks and motor homes towing vehicles and boats create a bigger need to place regulations on trailers being towed. Whether it’s a pole trailer, boat trailer, camping trailer (camper), or any other such vehicle you intend to tow, make sure you are following Florida statutes, trailer laws, and rules according to their Department of Transportation.

Total Length, Width and Height

Florida law states that the towing trailer cannot be longer than 40 feet in length. Maximum width of the trailer cannot exceed 8 feet, 6 inches. The height cannot be higher than 13.5 feet. Overall length of the vehicle and trailer combined should not exceed 65 feet.

Speed Limit

When towing a trailer with a motor vehicle, the total speed is limited to 65 miles per hour in the state of Florida. This may be somewhat slower than the posted speed limit on expressways and roadsides. One word of caution regarding speed limits---safety dictates that speeds be lowered in inclement weather. Icy roads rarely occur in Florida, but hard rains commonly reduce visibility. High winds create driving hazards, so slower is safer.

Maximum Trailer Weight and Brakes

If the trailer total weight is under 3,000 lb., the state of Florida does not require that it have its own braking system. In the event the trailer’s gross weight (separate from the vehicle weight) is more than 3,000 lb., the trailer should have a brake system separate from that of the vehicle. Trailer brakes ensure the system is safe on its own.

Other Requirements

Florida state law does not allow double tandem towing (a vehicle pulling a trailer and a boat, or two trailers). Trailers must have safety chains, reflectors, license plate lights, tail lights, turn signal lights and brake lights. The trailer must be registered in your state, and you need proof of insurance.

Before making a journey, ensure your combination of vehicles and trailers meet all the rules and regulations so you can make your journey safely and efficiently. Pay attention when you are on public roads and public streets, don’t forget your driver’s license, and always pull over for law enforcement. Always be careful not to park in tow-away zones when taking a break from the road. Make sure your tail lamps are working.

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