A new amendment to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code changing the requirements for combination weights for recreational trailers and adding a new definition for a recreation cargo trailer takes effect on April 22.
The amendment signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on October 24, 2018 defines a Recreational CARGO Trailer as a trailer designed or adapted for the purposes of transporting animals or vehicles for noncommercial recreational use, such as a horse trailer, watercraft trailer or all-terrain trailer. A Recreational Trailer is defined as a trailer designed or adapted to provide temporary living quarters for noncommercial recreational, camping or travel use.
Combination Weight Changes
Effective April 22, 2019, Recreational Trailers and Recreational Cargo Trailers will no longer require the truck pulling the recreational trailer or recreation cargo trailer to be registered in a gross combination weight. However, the combined weight of all vehicles cannot exceed the sum of the manufacturer’s rated axle capacities or the gross combination weight rating, whichever is less.
The annual fee for registration of a recreational trailer or recreation cargo trailer is determined by its registered gross weight according to the following table (effective 10/24/19):
- 8,000 lbs or less GVWR $12.00 per year: $60.00 (5 years)
- 8,001—13,000 lbs GVWR $35.00 per year: $175.00 (5 years)
- 13,001+ lbs GVWR $90.00 per year: $450.00 (5 years)
Permanent registration of a recreational trailer or recreational cargo trailer with a registered gross weight of 13,001+ lbs may be registered for a one-time fee of $425.00 in lieu of the annual fee at the registrant’s option.
Source: Pennsylvania Automotive Association