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Old 07-25-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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Is a car in tow sign required?

Wondering about the requirement to use a car in tow sign. Mine blew away so I'm wondering if need a replacement.
I use a Tow Mate light bar by the way.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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Could be an individual state/province, requirement . Just off hand , I haven't seen the signage in use, in the western states. So personally I don't know if I'm breaking any laws.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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If they are required, I'm in a heap of trouble as have been towing a vehicle behind our coach now for 17+ years without a "car in tow" sign.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:48 PM   #4
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Us either & we've passed many a trooper who would've had a reason to stop us if it's required.

I'd be curious to know.

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I don't have one and have never seen another coach/toad with one.
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I had one for years till it gave up the magnetic holding power and flew away . I don't think they're required .
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Many places say it is required by State Law and they will gladly sell you one. OTOH---Apparently no one has found a State that has that requirement.
Not a new topic...
"Car in Tow" sign?
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Funny, I was thinking about this as I was driving back from the Newmar plant. I had seen a sign like this when I was behind a car towing a car. I think it was one of those teams that escort oversize loads. Anyway, I would think it might be helpful in making sure folks following you respect that you are long and on 2 lane highways ought to think twice before passing.

I might do it if I can find a sign I like, easy to set up and stow.
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If not a legal requirement why use one? Would it not be obvious to someone behind you that the car following three feet behind you was being towed? Maybe not from a distance but certainly by the time catch up to you. Just saying.
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If not a legal requirement why use one? Would it not be obvious to someone behind you that the car following three feet behind you was being towed? Maybe not from a distance but certainly by the time catch up to you. Just saying.
Well...as you point out that from a distance, maybe not. I'm an air traffic controller and like many similar occupations I was trained to project traffic flow in longer time line terms than many. Too many times it looks like large numbers of drivers don't loo very far down the road unless they see something "odd". The sign might just be that "odd" thing that makes them actually pay attention.

I'm a believer in stacking the odds in my favor. I am also a poker player. The more I do to make the odds work in my favor, the better chance I have of not getting busted. The same goes with my RVing. As an example, I make sure my tires are in good shape and I use a TPMS to help me keep and eye on them. Those don't stop flats from happening but the odds say I should have a better chance of seeing a flat developing before it is a serious blow out. Certainly, there is no such thing as a guarantee that this attitude/approach will stop bad things from happening but I believe they will help the odds be more in my favor than if I didn't do these things at all.

In the end, I can't control exactly what someone behind me is going to do. What I do to give them every chance to see me and understand the total picture more quickly that if I didn't do anything at all. If a simple sign gets there attention 1 second sooner, it has done its job.

Just sayin'...
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If not a legal requirement why use one? Would it not be obvious to someone behind you that the car following three feet behind you was being towed? Maybe not from a distance but certainly by the time catch up to you. Just saying.
Am I the only person that has watched as a car passed the toad, then attempted to pull-in behind the RV?

I wish I had a recorder on the rearview cam...and want a dash cam too
It would be on YouTube in a flash!

We use a dolly, so it is even more insane - with the extra set of wheels up by the front of the toad!

Of course, I don't know if those drivers would even notice a "Car in Tow" sign
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Thanks for a spirited discussion.
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I vaguely remember a requirement like that but I think it applyed to car towing a car and maybe a PU towing a car or PU (and that was many years ago). It probably is because it would be hard to see that there was another car in front.
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Could be that when lights on the towed car are not present, a sign is needed. Sort of like a red flag when anything sticks out more than 2 feet past the end of the vehicle. Most tailgates on trucks are 2 feet or less.
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