Learn what qualifies as a travel trailer in Washington state, and how to register one.
Before you get started
What qualifies as a travel trailer
A travel trailer is designed for recreation or temporary habitation without permanent connection to utilities. Camp and tent trailers also fit the legal definition of a travel trailer.
How to title and license a travel trailer
Follow the steps to transfer ownership of a vehicle to apply for a title and registration.
A cargo extension is a device that connects to the left and right sides of a motorhome or travel trailer frame and becomes part of the frame. Cargo extensions allow extra space for owners to carry additional cargo, such as dirt bikes, legally without having to tow a trailer. The cargo extension is not titled or licensed since it is considered to be part of the motor home or travel trailer.
Cargo extensions must meet the following criteria:
- Must have an axle with 2 wheels, acting as a tag axle, to safely carry the weight of the cargo
- Must be equipped with mounted rear tail lamps, fenders, covers, flaps or splash aprons
- Cannot be a trailer that pivots on a hitch
- Does not allow a trailer or secondary cargo extension to be attached to it
Collector vehicle license plates
For qualifying travel trailers that are at least 30 years old and operated primarily as a collector vehicles, you may choose to apply for Collector Vehicle plates.