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Old 03-25-2015, 01:26 PM   #1
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Tow Dollies

I am looking at all my options for towing a vehicle, including a tow dolly. If I get a tow dolly with brakes and lights is there anything else needed like having the lights on the vehicle set up or the dolly lights acceptable? Thanks for the input.
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I'm not an expert, but I'm fairly sure the vehicle itself has to have working brake lights. Either the vehicle's own lights or magnetic stick-on lights.
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Rick, I towed all over Tx, NM and Louisana without lights on tow. LED lighting on tow dolly well outside the tow.
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Tow Lights & Swivel

I don't like the on-dolly lights since they can't be seen "off angle" very well or maybe at all so I use mag lights all the time.

I do have a question about dolly swivel. Mine has one but it seems to bind rather than turn easily so would it be best, then, to leave car steering unlocked?
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Your state law dictates. I have been using just the dolly led tail lights. I drive mostly in daylight but at night I have been passed by many police, I drive about 60, and have never been stopped. My vehicle is a VW GTI and dolly is a Demco Kar Kaddy SS
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After I posted my questions I decided to call around to find out the laws in Indiana, seems that all rear lights have to be no less then 20" from the ground and no higher then 72" and must be visible from the back of the vehicle. Technically that would rule out a tow dolly lights as the only source. I guess to be safe it would be best to make a light bar for the back of the vehicle. Thanks for the responses.
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You have to be legal in every state you travel in so if where you are has different laws than your home state you must follow them. Same with the laws on braking for toads or trailers. They vary with the state you're in at the time.
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You may be able to get by with dolly lights only, but having the TOAD lights working will probably improve safety. Try not to present something unusual to other drivers. A car with no lights is unusual.

I made a "Y" cord to plug in the dolly and the TOAD, they both have lights.

If your a DIYer, they are reasonably easy to wire up. If you need to hire someone, you can purchase the parts and have them do it.

Of course there are also other options, i.e. wireless signal bar, etc.
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I have a Master Tow dolly with brakes and lighting. I spliced into the dolly wiring and installed a flat 4 conductor connection which I use to connect magnetic lights on back of the tow. Takes 30 seconds to install lights and they work fine.
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You have to be legal in every state you travel in so if where you are has different laws than your home state you must follow them. Same with the laws on braking for toads or trailers. They vary with the state you're in at the time.

Commercial vehicles yes, private vehicles no.
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I wired my car with a diode kit and split the plug so I can plug in both the dolly and the car. There are wireless kits you can use and either attach the lights with magnets (I don't like that due to potential for scratches) or put them in the back window of the car while towing. Then there is no messing with the car at all.
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I also put a wiring kit in my car and plug both the dolly and car into the outlet from motorhome.
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I also put a wiring kit in my car and plug both the dolly and car into the outlet from motorhome.

Check out e-trailer.com. They sell a tow vehicle plug with both a 7 wire and 4/5 wire connector made by Hopkins. I use the 7 wire for the dolly and the 4 wire for the magnetic lights in the rear window deck. Works great and a clean and easy install. No splicing required. I think the plug cost $25.00. Happy motoring.


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