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Old 10-22-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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Tow Dolly and lights

I recently purchased a tow dolly off of Craigslist. My queation is "Do you need to have the towed veichle lights working or are the tow dolly lights OK?
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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I imagine it Varies by state, alot of people use the magnet mount lights you can buy at northern tool or harbor freight.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:13 AM   #3
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Depends on the state I think. I have a set of lights I purchased from CW that set in the back window of the toad. They come with a long cord that I run under the hood, in through the front door, and then just set back there. They work pretty good.

I wired up a plug setup that lets me plug in the dolly and the lights at the same time.

Magnetic Tow Lights - Intersource D10-260 - Towing Accessories - Camping World

They are also magnetic and can be placed on the trunk lid.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:35 AM   #4
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Had a tow dolly for 10 years and after every trip I was re-fixing the lights as road debris seems to tear at the wires.

Finally gave up on the tow dolly lights and bought a set of magnet lights that stick on the back of the toad. MUCH less hassle!
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:55 AM   #5
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Check the laws in the States where you tow but I believe many of them require lights on anything sticking out past 3 feet so the lights on the dolly itself are probably not sufficient (i.e. the car sticks out way more than 3 feet past the dolly).

We do have magnet lights (you can often get them from Harbor Freight to $10) but I don't always use them as they don't work very well for us. I'm trying to remember the exact problem but because we tow a Sebring Convertible, we can't put them on the roof but the wire isn't long enough to reach the trunk (or they don't magnetize on the trunk or something) so we have to put them on the rear fenders but they don't hold very well because the fender is rounded.
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we added some additional lights to the inside rear window of our Honda Fit. since there isn't a lot of metal to attach magnetic lights, we use lights with body repair suction cups from HF ($1 each). they work great and stay attached to the window.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:18 PM   #7
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One thing I found out about Harbor Fright Lights, the wires are small and don't carry enough electric. The lights are not very bright. One other thing you need to check. In just about every state you will need brakes on the dolly. Just my 2 cents.
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Since my towed was already wired for towing four down I just spliced in to the dolly wiring and added a matching plug to those wires. Drive up on the dolly, tie it down and plug in the wires from the dolly.
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X2 on the magnetic lights. Tow dolly lights are basically at the front of the toad and only are visible on each side of the vehicle. Magnetic lights are placed at the rear of the toad and are clearly visible. That's what I use and that's my two cents.

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We started out with the magnet type lights that mount on the trunk lid but was not happy with them at all. My neighbor told me about wiring the car lights into the system so the car lights work along with the MH lights. Bought a Dioad and wired in the trunk thru the back seat and under the ledge cover up thru the fire wall up to the grill. Drive on KarKatty stop hook up the trailer lights and then hook up car to plug we installed just inside the grill and then all car lights work (except headlights) as if you are in the car. Looks very professional. Our toad is a 99 Deville Concours
Magnet lights for sale used once. 50 bucks.
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We started out with the magnet type lights that mount on the trunk lid but was not happy with them at all. My neighbor told me about wiring the car lights into the system so the car lights work along with the MH lights. Bought a Dioad and wired in the trunk thru the back seat and under the ledge cover up thru the fire wall up to the grill. Drive on KarKatty stop hook up the trailer lights and then hook up car to plug we installed just inside the grill and then all car lights work (except headlights) as if you are in the car. Looks very professional. Our toad is a 99 Deville Concours
Magnet lights for sale used once. 50 bucks.
On my Honda Accord I just bought a pair of light bulbs, attached wires, drilled holes in the back of the tail lights and ran the hookup to the MH connection 4way plug. Works great.
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On my Honda Accord I just bought a pair of light bulbs, attached wires, drilled holes in the back of the tail lights and ran the hookup to the MH connection 4way plug. Works great.
Sounds nice. But do your side marker lights work also?
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Didn't know magnet lights had side markers and yes my setup includes side lights based on their location.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:59 AM   #14
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Like ur pace arrow. ..ever use Zep on it?
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