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Old 08-29-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Tow Dolly registration/licensing

Has anyone run in to problems being from a state that does not require registration of a tow dolly and using the tow dolly in a state that requires tow dolly registration? I'm hoping that states go by the laws of the state in which the towed vehicle or the towing vehicle are registered.
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None of the tow dollies used by, Ryder, Budget, or Penske truck rental have registration plates on them and the only restriction was from Ryder several years ago about not taking them into Canada be they loaded or unloaded.
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I used a dolly for several years through many, many states and never had a problem with having to be registered or plated.
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:05 PM   #4
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Here is WA no license is required on a dolly if a vehicle is loaded on it. If towing bare than a license is required. Or at least that's the way I understand it. Towed many thousands of miles with a dolly over some of the west with no troubles.
Now going to tow the Ody four down once I resolve a short in the wiring. Hope it's an easy find as we're headed out on Friday. Last time I towed I burned out the brake light circuit breaker under the hood. This kept the trans locked in PARK since the brakelights weren't working. I had to use the emergency release to drive it to the campsite from the unloading point.
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Generally speaking, if you're legal in the state where you're registered you're legal in the other 49 states...
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Generally speaking, if you're legal in the state where you're registered you're legal in the other 49 states...
That is true for some items like licenses, drivers licenses, insurance. Vehicle equipment is a different thing. For instance, supplemental brakes on a towed: it might be legal to go without brakes in your home state, but if you go into a state where brakes are required then you must have them. Also, most states DON'T require supplemental brakes on a towed, contrary to what most of the "charts" purport to show. Most of them quote the AAA data, and it's wrong!
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