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321.123 Trailers.

All trailers except farm trailers and mobile homes, unless otherwise provided in this section, are subject to a registration fee of six dollars for trailers with a gross weight of one thousand pounds or less and ten dollars for other trailers. Trailers for which the empty weight is two thousand pounds or less are exempt from the certificate of title and lien provisions of this chapter. Fees collected under this section shall not be reduced or prorated under chapter 326.

1. Travel trailers and fifth-wheel travel trailers, except those in manufacturer's or dealer's stock, an annual fee of twenty cents per square foot of floor space computed on the exterior overall measurements, but excluding three feet occupied by any trailer hitch as provided by and certified to by the owner, to the nearest whole dollar, which amount shall not be prorated or refunded; except the annual fee for travel trailers of any type, when registered in Iowa for the first time or when removed from a manufacturer's or dealer's stock, shall be prorated on a monthly basis. It is further provided the annual fee thus computed shall be limited to seventy-five percent of the full fee after the vehicle is more than six model years old.

A travel trailer may be stored under section 321.134, provided the travel trailer is not used for human habitation for any period during storage and is not moved upon the highways of the state. A travel trailer stored under section 321.134 is not subject to a mobile home tax assessed under chapter 435.

2. Trailers and bulk spreaders which are not self-propelled having a gross weight of not more than twelve tons used for the transportation of fertilizers and chemicals used for farm crop production shall be subject to a registration fee of five dollars.

3. Motor trucks or truck tractors pulling trailers or semitrailers shall be registered for the combined gross weight of the motor truck or truck tractor and trailer or semitrailer, except that:

a. Motor trucks registered for six tons or less not used for hire, pulling trailers or semitrailers used by a person engaged in farming to transport commodities produced by the owner, or to transport commodities or livestock purchased by the owner for use in the owner's own farming operation or used by any person to transport horses shall not be subject to registration for the gross weight of such trailer or semitrailer provided the combined gross weight does not exceed twelve tons, plus the tolerance provided for in section 321.466.

b. Motor trucks registered for six tons or less not used for hire, pulling trailers or semitrailers used by a person in the person's own operations shall not be subject to registration for the gross weight of such trailer or semitrailer provided the combined gross weight does not exceed eight tons, plus the tolerance provided for in section 321.466.

Section History: Early form

[C24, 27, 31, 35, § 4920; C39, § 5008.19; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 321.123; 82 Acts, ch 1251, § 16--;18]

Section History: Recent form

82 Acts, ch 1062, § 20, 38; 84 Acts, ch 1305, § 63; 89 Acts, ch 296, §29; 95 Acts, ch 118, §18

Internal References

Referred to in § 321.1, 331.557

Footnotes

Exemptions, see § 321.176


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