Arkansas Trailer Towing Laws

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    Dimensions

    • Trailer height cannot exceed 13 feet, 6 inches, while trailer width maxes out at 8 feet, 6 inches. Overall, a truck and trailer may not exceed 65 feet in combined length in Arkansas. A single trailer cannot exceed 43.5 feet in length.

    Trailer Weight

    • In Arkansas, trailers that exceed more than 3,000 pounds are required by state law to be equipped with trailer brakes and a breakaway switch. The brake systems for these oversized trailers must be an independent brake system separate from the truck's braking system. The gross vehicle weight must be calculated on a case-by-case basis using the Federal Bridge Formula.

    Towing Speed

    • Trucks or other vehicles towing trailers cannot drive faster than 70 miles per hour in the state of Arkansas.

    Safety Equipment

    • Drivers towing trailers are required to use their wipers and headlights, and can turn right on a red light unless a sign is posted. Drivers towing trailers can park in rest stops overnight unless a sign is posted prohibiting this. Furthermore, trailers must be equipped with trailer chains.

    License Required

    • To drive a vehicle towing a trailer in Arkansas, a driver must have a Class D license -- also called an operator license. You must be 16 years of age to apply for a Class D license, though restricted Class D licenses may be granted to minors aged 14 and over.

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