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Old 04-06-2014, 10:01 AM   #1
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Car Dolly Question

My husband is not new to towing as we pull a 20 foot trailer behind us when we go to car shows. However we were think about purchasing a car dolly to tow our Nissan for family trips rather than the heavy trailer. The question is does a car dolly require brake controls from the master vehicle? And does it come with a title and need to be registered yearly?

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Old 04-06-2014, 10:09 AM   #2
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The Dolly's can have electric assist or hydraulic brakes. My prior dolly had hydraulic and they worked perfectly. In would suggest not purchasing the dolly without brakes. As to registering most states so not require it.

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Old 04-06-2014, 10:20 AM   #3
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I have a Kar Kaddy with a surge hydraulic brake. In AZ, no title or registration required.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:30 AM   #4
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We are on our second Kar Kaddy having sold the first with our old MH. This is a Kar Kaddy III with surge disc brakes and LED lights. It works great and you can purchase it from PPL Motorhomes.

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Old 04-06-2014, 10:44 AM   #5
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Some states require a tow dolly be registered, some do not. In any case I would not tow a dolly without either electric or surge brakes. States vary on the braking requirements for a towed load with some as low as 1500#. You have to meet the towing and braking requirements for the state that you are traveling through.

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Here is a link to a popular, economical tow dolly, with brakes. Lots of info, be sure to look through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). I'm very happy with mine.

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Do you back the trailer often? If yes stay with the trailer!

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I have towed my dolly (no brakes) over 3,000 miles thru several states and have never been stopped or questioned about it. I was told that if the dolly meets requirements of the state to the towing vehicle is registered in, then it doesn't matter what state law in other states are. I don't know if the person telling me this, knew this for sure but he was a state patrol officer. I have been thru a couple of license checks and that is all they checked. Maybe just been lucky so far...
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The dolly should have a braking system the choice of which one is yours to make. States have different laws stating the weight limit that can be towed without brakes. One must comply with the state the dolly or coach is registered in. Now for the most important part,,,,,,,liability. If there is an accident, having brakes on the dolly eliminates one item the other driver's attorney can hold against you. Like it or not, it happens. A braking system is cheap insurance.
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I bought a Roadmaster dolly from Camping world and it did come with a title and my homestate does not require licensing.

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