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Old 04-28-2015, 09:33 AM   #1
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I've never used one of these but I ended up buying one. Can someone please tell me if I need to hook up lights on back of my car whiel using a tow dolly.
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check local laws listing light position ie height distance from rear here in AZ the lights on the dolly are good none needed on toad
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I've never used one of these but I ended up buying one. Can someone please tell me if I need to hook up lights on back of my car whiel using a tow dolly.
Laws vary by state, But some people do it anyway for additional safety. I used an LED set from Harbor Freight. I put the lights on the rear window shelf. Works like a charm.
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A common question with different answers state to state.

Like, here in CA, the dolly lights are fine for turn and brake, but if driving at night, the marker (parking) light is required to be at the rear-most corner of the vehicle - so at night, we just turn on the car's parking lights (can run for hours with little battery drain).

And, I submit that U-Haul rents thousands of tow-dolly's to folks all over America with no additional lighting required. I personally have driven from the east coast to the west coast several times (including through IL) with rented U-Haul dolly's while moving in the past. Never had a problem without additional lights.

Are additional lights required - maybe. Are additional lights safe and smart - yes.

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A common question with different answers state to state.

Like, here in CA, the dolly lights are fine for turn and brake, but if driving at night, the marker (parking) light is required to be at the rear-most corner of the vehicle - so at night, we just turn on the car's parking lights (can run for hours with little battery drain).
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Wow, that's a rule? Now that I'm aware of it, I will surely get a ticket!

I have been towing with the Ez Tow's LED lights only since last July, (exclusively at night on the Freeways in CA).

I have certainly been spotted, (because they waved hello at me several times), and paced several times, by many CHP and local LEOs but never stopped.

Hey, perhaps they were waving me over to stop!!??
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Wow, that's a rule? Now that I'm aware of it, I will surely get a ticket!

I have been towing with the Ez Tow's LED lights only since last July, (exclusively at night on the Freeways in CA).

I have certainly been spotted, (because they waved hello at me several times), and paced several times, by many CHP and local LEOs but never stopped.

Hey, perhaps they were waving me over to stop!!??
We had used our dolly behind the RV for 3 years without knowing the rule about marker (parking) lights...never got stopped despite being seen by the police several times that we know of.

It is an obscure rule that says the lights must be 6 candlepower as a minimum, and located immediately adjacent to the corner of the vehicle.
CA Codes (veh:24600-24617)

I would guess it is a rule that is only used when the police want to stop someone and need a reason.

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