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North American Weight Limits for Towing without Supplemental Brakes

Source: American Automobile Association Digest of Motor Laws, 2010 Edition

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Key:

  • 'A' - Must stop within a specified distance
  • 'B' - Not stated or no requirement
  • 'C' - Supplemental brakes always required

Federal Regulations:
Title 49 (49CFR571) of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (10-1-08 Edition) defines a 'trailer' as follows: "'Trailer' means a motor vehicle with or without motive power, designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by another motor vehicle.'"

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* updated Oregon statute verified 11/10 from Oregon DOT

WEIGHT LIMIT BY POUNDS OR OTHER RESTRICTION (SEE 'KEY')

Alabama 3,000 Kentucky 'A' North Dakota 'C' Alberta 2,000
Alaska 5,000 Louisiana 3,000 Ohio 2,000 British Columbia 4,400
Arizona 3,000 Maine 3,000 Oklahoma 3,000 Manitoba 'A'
Arkansas 3,000 Maryland 3,000 Oregon* 'A' New Brunswick 3,000
California 1,500 Massachusetts 10,000 Pennsylvania 3,000 Newfoundland 'A'
Colorado 3,000 Michigan 3,000 Rhode Island 4,000 Northwest Territories 'C'
Connecticut 3,000 Minnesota 3,000 South Carolina 3,000 Nova Scotia 4,000
Delaware 4,000 Mississippi 2,000 South Dakota 3,000 Ontario 3,000
D.C 3,000 Missouri 'B' Tennessee 3,000 Prince Edward Island 3,300
Florida 3,000 Montana 3,000 Texas 4,500 Quebec 2,860
Georgia 3,000 Nebraska 3,000 Utah 'A' Saskatchewan 3,000
Hawaii 3,000 Nevada 1,500 Vermont 3,000 Yukon Territory 2,000
Idaho 1,500 New Hampshire 'A' Virginia 3,000    
Illinois 3,000 New Jersey 'C' Washington 3,000    
Indiana 3,000 New Mexico 3,000 West Virginia 3,000    
Iowa 3,000 New York 1,000 Wisconsin 3,000    
Kansas 'A' North Carolina 4,000 Wyoming 'A'    
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