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Old 12-18-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly questions, Lighting and registration

Just received and assembled my KarKaddySS, Very impressive.

Will be towing my Cobalt on the dolly behind my Class A.

A: does the dolly need to be registered as a trailer or something else?

B: Do I need supplemental lighting on the car if the Dolly has Running, brake, and turn, lights and the Coach LED lights are Clearly visible above and aside the car.

Seems Redundant.

I appreciate your responses.
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Iwould think you should check your local laws on this subject and go from there. Someone from your state here might chime in and tell you the laws on this. In Pennsylvania the lights on the dolly was all you needed and no plates for dollys in Penna.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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I have the same dolly. I had to register it as a trailer in NJ, but needed no additional lights.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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I have the 460 ss dolly, even though it comes with a title in most states the dolly does not require a registration or tag. Check your state laws. I have additional lights for my tow but not because they are required. I place the additional lights far enough forward so i can see them in the backup camera. This way i know that my tow lights and turn lights are working.
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No license or registration...
See the bottom of this CT DMV page: DMV: Requirements for the Registration of a Camp Trailer

Lights are not mentioned but are usually only required on the car being towed if the dolly is not lighted...but I default to your local Po-Lice.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:20 PM   #6
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Perfect

A tow dolly is exempt from the registration requirements of chapter 246 of the Connecticut general statutes. A "tow dolly" means a two-wheeled trailer without motive power that is towed by a motor vehicle, that is designed and used to tow another motor vehicle, and upon which the front or rear wheels of the towed motor vehicle are mounted while the other wheels of the towed motor vehicle remain in contact with the ground. These types of trailers are often rented, and therefore move from state to state.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:22 PM   #7
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Hi GULFSTREAM37,
The answers to both questions depend on the state where you live. For me, in Florida, no tag is needed. Lights on the towed vehicle are required. I have a suction cup light bar. Simple and cheap.
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Hi GULFSTREAM37,
The answers to both questions depend on the state where you live. For me, in Florida, no tag is needed. Lights on the towed vehicle are required. I have a suction cup light bar. Simple and cheap.
Be sure to stop a few times to check the tightness of the wheel straps. I stop at .5 miles, 10 miles, 25 miles, then check then anytime we stop there after.
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Registration depends on your home state. Lighting also depends on your state requirements. Some state that nothing that is unlighted shall extend 2 to 4' past the rear of the vehicle. when we towed on a dolly, I had a set of lights on the rear of the car as well as the dolly lights.

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Perfect.
Glad to have helped

Ditto X3 on the "check your straps" comment...that's the weakest point on any tow dolly (even on my super-duper EZE-Tow) and these problems are easily avoided with a quick check for tightness each time you stop.

And, I will add that a "quick touch" of the hubs when you stop is a good thing to do - would help to avoid hub bearing damage from heat build-up (if it ever happens - that's the first sign)

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Be sure to stop a few times to check the tightness of the wheel straps. I stop at .5 miles, 10 miles, 25 miles, then check then anytime we stop there after.
Do you find the straps loose @ .5, 10, 25, and there after? In other words, do they come loose all the time or are you just being very careful? Stopping once to do a check and then at fueling, rest stops, etc. should be enough or should I worry that these straps will and do come loose?
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We have found them needing to be tightned at
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We have found them needing to be tightned at the lower milages. Nothing after 25, but i check the tow and dolly each stop.
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I used to have this dolley and it took me a while getting to know how to use it. It is a great dolly! There are two important things that I leaned about mine:
1. When you pull your car on the dolly make sure it is straight, ie. both of the front vehicle tires are flush to the front part of the dolley. Otherwise the straps will really get loose. You would have to keep tightening the straps until the vehicle aligns itself to the front of the dolley.
2. When you are driving the car over the ramps, make sure the back parts of both ramps are are sled as far to the front part of the ramps. If not, due to the weight of the vehicle, the ramp(s) will sag. If you continue driving over the sagged ramp you will damage your vehicle and possible the two dolley.

Lastly, if you are going over a road with sharp curves make sure to keep an eye on the straps as they get loose when the vehicle front wheels are turned sharply.
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