North Carolina requires the following equipment for trailers.
- If the gross weight of the vessel and trailer exceeds 4,000 pounds, the trailer must be equipped with brakes.
- Trailers must have proper lighting, including turn signals, taillights, and brake lights. All trailer lights must be maintained in an operable condition, the same as when the trailer was manufactured.
- All towing vehicles must be connected to the trailer by a set of safety chains or by a cable of sufficient strength to maintain connection under all conditions.