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Old 04-16-2016, 10:23 AM   #15
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I don't own a tow dolly, I 4 wheel down. However, over my many years of moves in the military, and after I have rented a U-haul dolly to tow my car behind the rental truck I drive with my "stuff" numerous times (I've done this in FL, IL, CA, and VA). Never was I required to hook up the car lights to the truck in addition to the dolly lights.
U-Haul knows how to get blood from a stone, so if it was required (why would they break the law and be liable for a law suit) or they could make it stick they would make you rent or buy a hook up for the car lights too! All this being said, I would always make sure all my lights were working before starting out each day and I would check the dolly bearing hubs for excessive heat when stopping for gas etc. I will agree extra lights mean extra safety but they don't necessarily mean they are required by law. Now, if a "lawyer" wants to come on here and "object" I will certainly listen.

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Old 04-16-2016, 10:50 AM   #16
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U-Haul is "breaking the law" everyday with their dolly's. None I have ever seen have brakes and supplimental lights are not offered. Brakes and marker lights at the rear of the set-up are required in some states.

Having said that, we too (like above) used dollys without lights or brakes for years. Never stopped or questioned...but it is best to be safe.

The "lights on the car" question is easy to address.
1. When driving at night, just turn on the car's parking lights (acts as marker lights), or...
2. Split the trailer wires and add a set of trailer lights to the car (set in back window, magnetic on the trunk etc.)

Best luck

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Old 04-17-2016, 05:22 AM   #17
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Here is how I split my 7 pin to two four pins. The wires screw onto the connectors so it was very easy to do this.

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Old 04-17-2016, 05:43 AM   #18
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We tow flat and I added a 4 wire trailer plug to the front of my Toad that work all the lights on the toad. Bought a wiring kit for trailer and added diodes to the wiring harness. Took couple hours but can to anywhere without worrying about light laws. Now the brake issue is something else. Just cannot see adding aux brakes to a 3000 lb toad towing behind a 36000 lbs motor home but some stated do require it. Am guessing it is in case toad gets loose and hops off on its own which would cause some serous problems.
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Old 04-17-2016, 06:14 AM   #19
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I think the right answer is.. I feel a lot safer with lights on the rear of the vehicle.... My tire dolly had nice bright LED truck lite lights but I feel better having lights on the rear most vehicle plus the law issue... I wired a double plug.. 1 plug for dolly the other for car.... Be aware that there assessorial wires going back to the rear of car will run the clear coat and ruin your paint... I suggest that you ruin your wires under your car and then be careful running the wires up to your lights... Good luck.. Overkill is always the answer to any lighting
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:16 PM   #20
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Last time I checked with the California Highway Patrol they said that you only need tail lights on the toad but they suggest to have turn wired as well. Other states may very.

If you have a charge line from your coach to your toad the simple solution is to just turn on your parking lights.

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