Additional Maine Updates – Tiny Houses and Canadian Weight Trucks

Last month, we highlighted the changes in Maine concerning the Kingpin to Rear Axle Distance. These changes are now reflected in the Maine code found and there are several additional changes as well.

In references to trailers, the Maine code now includes references to ‘Tiny Homes’.

Maine allows logging trucks at Canadian weights to access a mill in Bailyville, Maine. A section has been added that this will end at the end of 2025.

Addition of section that ends operation of logging trucks at Canadian Weights in BaileyvilleAfter December 31, 2025, the department may not authorize under this section the routes identified in subsection 1 for the travel of commercial vehicles transporting wood, as defined in Title 10, section 2361-A, subsection 11, at Canadian gross vehicle weight limits that exceed the gross vehicle weight limits established in this chapter.
Addition of Tiny HomesLimitation on drawn trailers and tiny homes.  Only one tiny home, trailer or semitrailer may be drawn by a motor vehicle, except that a combination of a truck tractor, semitrailer and full trailer may be operated on the Interstate Highway System and those qualifying federal aid primary system highways designated by the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation, pursuant to the United States Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, Public Law 97-424, Section 411. “Driveaway” and “towaway” operations, as defined by the Secretary of State, may include a combination of saddlemount vehicles not to exceed 3 units in contact with the road.  
Addition of Tiny Homes with Reflector Requirement.Trailers and tiny homes. A trailer, tiny home or semitrailer that is wider than the vehicle towing it must be equipped with reflective material or a lamp on each front corner that is visible to oncoming traffic.
Change of Kingpin Distance(1) The wheelbase of the semitrailer, measured as the distance from the kingpin to the center of the rearmost axle of the semitrailer, may not exceed 45 feet, 6 inches.