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Old 01-12-2014, 01:55 PM   #1
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Supplemental Brake Lights using a Tow Dolly?

I have never been able to get a solid answer to this question and I understand that it may vary by State, but are supplemental brake and turn lights required when towing a vehicle on a tow dolly? The tow dolly I am planning on purchasing already has LED brake, turn, and running lights on the fender so are lights at the rear of the towed vehicle really necessary? I had also been told that if you placard your towed vehicle with a "Vehicle in Tow" sign you are exempt from state and local laws.

Can anyone clarify this problem for me or offer me somewhere to get answers?

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Old 01-12-2014, 06:08 PM   #2
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Our tow dolly has the same set up as yours. Been up and down the east coast and haven't had a problem yet...
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same here,been towing ours for two years without any other lights than the ones on the fenders of the tow dolly with no problems. I was told by a troop fiend that if you can see the lights on the towing vehicle you don't need extra lights.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
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Past training tells me:
1- requirements very by state.
2- Dolly/trailer lights take the place of the towed vehicle lights *
3- If you can see the lights on the tow vehicle you do not need other lights.
You must be able to see brake and turn signals from the rear on both sides. *
* This was the law in Va. when I was LEO.
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Past training tells me:
1- requirements very by state.
2- Dolly/trailer lights take the place of the towed vehicle lights *
3- If you can see the lights on the tow vehicle you do not need other lights.
You must be able to see brake and turn signals from the rear on both sides. *
* This was the law in Va. when I was LEO.
The same is true in Wisconsin. However to avoid problems in other places we purchased a set of magnetic lights to stick on the trunk lid when towing our Buick Le Sabre on the dolly.
I tapped into the wiring for the dolly lights and added a socket on the dolly tongue to plug in the additional lights. We used the system for about 25,000 miles before switching to a towing Jeep Wrangler 4 down.

A light kit and additional socket costs less than $50.00. It's good insurance for inattentive drivers.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:57 PM   #6
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I decided I would be more comfortable with lights at the rear of the TOAD. I also wanted a trailer hitch ball on the TOAD in case I had to move the dolly into a storage area or into a back in MH spot. I bought a 4 foot piece of aluminum angle mounted a light at each end, mounted the bar on the ball hitch mount, and added a female 4 wire connector to the dolly to plug the lights into the dolly system. Worked good, needed the hitch first time I pulled the rig to the keys. I store the rig in the MH basement when not in use.
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When we had our dolly we towed it for many, many miles with just the lighting that was supplied on the dolly with NO problems whatsoever.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:40 AM   #8
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Thank You All!

Your responses have helped me immensely and I now feel more confident about towing either with or without some additional lights.

See you on the road!
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