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Old 12-25-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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License plate lights on toad

Is it a requirement that the license plate light work on the toad when the tail lights come on on the RV?
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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YEP ! It will get you pulled over in a heartbeat. Just something cops use to check you out.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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If all is wired correct the light should work when the clearance lights are on, unless the mag mounted lights are used
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I imagine it might vary by state, but would think it would be a red flag to LEO and probably could get you pulled over for further discussion.

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Old 12-26-2012, 08:06 AM   #5
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Laws vary from state to state thus it is impossible to answer your question....

An example.. in Michigan it is legal to tow a car without registration if the car is not capable of being driven under it's own power.. Thus, if the car can not be driven under it's own power.. NO. Example of not being drivable under own power.. Dropped drive shaft.. I very strongly suspect if you put it in gear, Hit the gas and sat there the nice police man might agree it is not drivable under it's own power (less you show him the drive shaft disconnect or axle lock controls that is).. but I've not tested it.

Recommendation.. light the light.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:14 PM   #6
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Laws vary from state to state thus it is impossible to answer your question....

An example.. in Michigan it is legal to tow a car without registration if the car is not capable of being driven under it's own power.. Thus, if the car can not be driven under it's own power.. NO. Example of not being drivable under own power.. Dropped drive shaft.. I very strongly suspect if you put it in gear, Hit the gas and sat there the nice police man might agree it is not drivable under it's own power (less you show him the drive shaft disconnect or axle lock controls that is).. but I've not tested it.

Recommendation.. light the light.
Totally agree - lighting the tail light is too easy so why not do it to eliminate reason for an LEO to stop you. Especially if one has the toad tail lights operational from the Tow Veh power. I did it on my Smart Car, because it was easy. But it requires more effort if one is using the magnetic mount external lights. (Mag lights not an option I would chose as a long term solution but to each his/her own,)

I towed for years without the lic plate lit on the toad while in tow mode and only really looked into the legality of it when I rigged my Smart Car. Wonder if anyone has really been cited for this infraction?

Of course if one does not drive in the dark, I suppose one would not be breaking any rules if the lic plate light was not connected.
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I've never had a license plate light on my toad, and have never been stopped. I'd think the officer would have to be totally bored to pull over an RVr, not typically a demographic that causes a lot of problems for law enforcement, because the plate on the toad isn't lit.

I use the separate harness with its own bulbs & sockets installed into the OEM tail light housing. There is no tie into the vehicle harness and no way to light the license plate. I'm not losing any sleep over it.

In the interest of full disclosure, since we've retired it's rare that we'll be still be on the road after dark, so we've got a lot less 'exposure' than we used to but that said, if need be, I will, with no worries.
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I have never lit up the license plate light on multiple toads, over many years and many miles. Never gave it much thought. Albeit usually off the road by dark.

Not something I think I will be concerned with and will continue to travel un-lit...
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Granted we're new to this but we haven't even put our plates on our MH yet. Picked it up in FL, drove it 1000 miles back to TX and have been 1000 miles since. To be completely honest though, we just got our plates last week. It took FL two weeks just to release the title to TX.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:17 PM   #10
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Not a problem in Arizona and many other states because they don't issue license plates for tow dollys........

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Granted we're new to this but we haven't even put our plates on our MH yet. Picked it up in FL, drove it 1000 miles back to TX and have been 1000 miles since. To be completely honest though, we just got our plates last week. It took FL two weeks just to release the title to TX.
I believe the thread is about license plate lights on towed cars.
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I towed for years without the lic plate lit on the toad while in tow mode and only really looked into the legality of it when I rigged my Smart Car. Wonder if anyone has really been cited for this infraction?

Of course if one does not drive in the dark, I suppose one would not be breaking any rules if the lic plate light was not connected.
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I seriously doubt anyone has ever gotton a ticket for that.
Being a former LEO I can't see it not being on as a problem. While you can get a ticket for no plate light on something you are DRIVING, I don't think there is a requiremnt for a vehicle being towed.

on your second part, Ohio only requires ONE tail light.
Since Tourist/RVers don't do much other spend money as we drive across the country, Most all Cop do not make them a high priorty to watch closley.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:12 PM   #13
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In California it is required.

I don't know about other states.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:28 AM   #14
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Police officers have a lot more to do and worry about than a lousy license plate light. Speeding and drunk drivers is what they are looking for.
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