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Old 06-11-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Have never pulled a dolly. Always pulled toad 4 down. Decided to take a bigger vehicle on this trip so I bought a dolly. For those of you that pull a car on a dolly do you have separate lights on the car or just use the lights on the dolly.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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Depends on the state I think. I used a dolly for starters and used a set of magnetic tow lights.
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Depends on the state I think. I used a dolly for starters and used a set of magnetic tow lights.
I have the magnetic too- did you run the magnets & trailer light too?
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I wired the towed into the dolly lights.
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I have the magnetic too- did you run the magnets & trailer light too?
I also use magnetics for peace of mind. My dolly has a 4-way pigtail so the extra lights just plug in. Yes, I run both trailer and the magnetics at the same time.
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I also use magnetics for peace of mind. My dolly has a 4-way pigtail so the extra lights just plug in. Yes, I run both trailer and the magnetics at the same time.
Thanks. I can plug the magnetic lights into the dolly also
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We used the magnet type the first trip and it was the last time also. They kept blowing into the middle of the trunk and faceing each other. Every stop I had to put them back to where someone would see them. After we got home my neighbor told me that he would wire them. We wired from the taillights in the trunk up thru the car into the engine compartment and screwed the plug just inside the grille. Works great and is clean looking so we have the dolly lights and the car lights working ( of course no head lights on the toad). Had them done in one night.
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We use a tandem tow dolly tow the SUV and hauling a MC and only use the light on the dolly.
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I don't use add'l lights on my tow dolly - But there is no down side to running add'l lights.

I don't leave the toad's lights-on when driving at night either. But, I would if driving in a foggy area (day or night).

I don't know about laws in other states, but it is not required for CA and I have never been bothered by other state authorities - maybe there is reciprocity. I don't have license plates on the dolly either - same thing.

A long time ago, I used magnetic lights while towing a car...but the road dust/dirt got under the magnets and damaged the paint on the toad's trunk. So if you do use magnetic lights, I suggest you use something to prevent paint damage or clean the area at every stop.

AND FOR ALL DOLLY USERS...please BE SURE to check your tire straps at every stop for the first few trips. They are made of nylon or similar material and WILL stretch. It doesn't matter how tight they are when you start.

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Play it safe and use the tow lights, just put a piece of paper between the magnet and the toad to protect the paint.
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Play it safe and use the tow lights, just put a piece of paper between the magnet and the toad to protect the paint.
Yep been using the paper towel under FM radio magnet mount for years
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I don't know about laws in other states, but it is not required for CA and I have never been bothered by other state authorities - maybe there is reciprocity. I don't have license plates on the dolly either - same thing.
No reciprocity on lighting so you have to be legal in every state you go through or are in. There is reciprocity on vehicle licensing and drivers licensing.
I haven't looked up what WA requires and I don't care. Mine are wired for safety, not just to comply with the law.
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If your magnetic lights are blowing around and facing each other, you bought a cheap set. All you have to do to keep those lights from scratching the paint is put some blue painters tape down underneath them. Works good. I use my dolly lights and a set of magnetic lights, for safety, especially in California.
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I like the idea of wiring the toad thru the dolly instead of the magnets but i won't be taking the dolly very often. Just got 6 going on this trip and need the big car.
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