Planning on taking the wife and kids on a road trip to visit one of Arizona’s landmarks? It doesn’t hurt to refresh your memory on the laws that regulate what is and what is not allowed if you’re driving down there while towing your trailer. We prepared a nifty guide for you that explains all Arizona trailer towing laws. It will come in handy, especially if you’re interested in camping there with your RV or camper.
While Arizona shares the majority of laws with other states, some of them are unique to the Sunset State. It’s wise to get familiar with them before you start your journey, in order to avoid situations where you might get fined or detained for a traffic violation that could have been evaded in the first place.
Here are some of the main Arizona trailer laws you need to keep in mind when going on a road trip:
Trailer measurements and weight
The total length must not exceed 65 feet and this also applies even if you’re triple towing. The trailer can be a maximum of 28.5 feet long and 8 feet wide. If you are driving a motorhome the maximum length is 45 feet while the permitted length is the same as trailers. The permitted height is 13 feet and 6 inches. You are allowed to triple tow in Arizona.
In other words, you can pull up to a maximum of two units if you have a 5th wheel installed for additional stability, and an extra pair of brakes on those units. The maximum allowed weight is 3000 lbs.
Trailer mirrors and lighting
If you are towing a trailer and it is obstructing your view, the law states that you have to install additional mirrors that can reflect at least 200 feet of the road. This law also applies if you are towing two trailers. Any additional obstructions to the view of the driver are not permitted.
As for lighting and reflective patches, they are a vital safety measure and very important for visibility on the road. If the trailer is 3000 lbs it has to have clearance lamps installed on both the front and rear. Also, two rear and two front marker reflectors need to be mounted. The rear part of the trailer needs to have a stop light, license plate light, and turn lights. All of the above lights needs to be clean and visible for other drivers to see. They, of course, need to be fully functional otherwise a fine will be imposed on the driver in case they get pulled over.
Speed limits and riding rules
The main speed limit for RV’s is 65 mph, however, if there is a risk of trailer sway, it is recommended to reduce the speed down to either 50mph or lower if needed, in order to avoid any accidents. Riding in trailers is permitted but only if it does not exceed the number of people that can fit into the driver’s car.
Driving laws in different types of roadways
There are three main types of roads, and they are usually divided into single lanes, double lanes, and highways with three or more lanes. When driving on any of these types of roads with a trailer, you need to drive on the right side and never exceed the speed limit. In most cases, if there is a long line of cars forming behind you when driving on single or double roads, the law states that you should pull over and let them pass you by.
Arizona rest areas
Drivers are allowed overnight parking in designated areas. As of 2017, there have been 5 main registered areas for overnight parking.
The Sentinel which is located on highway 8
The Burnt Well which is located on the Interstate highway 10
The Texas Canyon is located on the Interstate Highway 10
The Sunset Point which can be found on the interstate highway 17
The Painted Cliffs which is located on the Interstate highway 40