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Old 09-14-2018, 08:34 AM   #1
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Lights for toad

I will be using a tow dolly for our 2006 Saturn Vue (to be pulled behind our HR Vacationer) and was wondering what type of lights (brakes/signals/etc) are required and what is best method. Haven't got the dolly yet but will likely go with a surge brake model. The HR currently has a standard 7 pin plug by the hitch.


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Old 09-14-2018, 08:53 AM   #2
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In most states, the dolly lights are all that's required. We've towed our Cherokee in most states in the southwest and have never had an issue with just having the dolly lights.

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Old 09-15-2018, 07:28 AM   #3
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I believe your Saturn can be towed 4 wheel down and you may not need a tow dolly. If this is something you are interested in, it would change your approach to this question.
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:34 AM   #4
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We have a 2003 Vue (2.2 with 5 speed) that we flat tow. I mounted a standard 7 pin light plug on the front of the Vue, I wired it to the front turn signals and running lights (no diodes).. I have a cord with a 7 pin male on both ends, one end plugs into the MH and the other into the Vue.

On my dolly (Acme dolly) that we use when we pull our Camry. On the Camry, I wired a flat four female under the hood. The same kind that would be wired in the back for hauling a trailer.

I then made a "Y" cord for the lights. One end plugs into the MH, one of the "Y" ends plug into the dolly, and the other "Y" end plugs into the flat four under the hood. This gives me lights on the dolly and the toad.
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I'm pretty much with Waiter.. I bought two oblong 6 LED tail / stop / turn lights that are in the lower window on the hatch and 2 3 LED markers that are in the rear quarter windows for markers, then running to a 4 flat stored in the engine compartment.
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:03 AM   #6
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I use these. They’re a bit pricey but the quality is exceptional. I have a splitter that allows me have the dolly lights and these on our toad. Can’t have too many lights to the rear nowadays imho.

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