By Jacalyn Sticha
Minnesota State Patrol
— Question: One of my friends saw me getting my “ice fishing house” ready for the upcoming season. I put permanent wheels on it for easier transport. My buddy told me I now have to register it as a trailer. I think he is wrong, what is required?
Your friend is correct. Within the last few years Driver and Vehicle Services, the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) and the Department of Natural Resources determined that a fish house on wheels does meet the requirements of a trailer. It must be registered and comply with all of the normal laws concerning trailers such as lights, wheel fenders, brakes if over 3,000 pounds, safety chains, and size (height and weight) limits.
DVS has notified dealers that fish houses on wheels are considered trailers. Anyone in the business of selling them has to have the appropriate dealer’s license. Registration is required for enclosed trailers with cargo doors that haul all-terrain vehicles or other cargo, and are used as a fish house; other trailers manufactured for use as a fish house; recreational trailers used seasonally as a fish house. These vehicles must be registered in one of the trailer classes. Recreational trailers must be registered in the recreational class.
Keep in mind that the trailer registration requirement is separate from any fish house license that DNR may require. For questions about licenses for fish houses, contact DNR at 888-646-6367 or www.dnr.mn.us .