RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-04-2019, 07:43 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
vfauto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Ma.
Posts: 309
Toad lights or not?

I have seen a couple of toads with no working lights on the toad itself. They added a set of lights on the upper section of the motor home so they could be seen over the toad. My question is, is this legal ?
__________________
2017 Dutch Star 4369 Freight Liner XCR 450HP
Thank You
Frank
vfauto is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-04-2019, 07:57 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Sbrownstein's Avatar
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,563
All trailers need brake and turn signals. Doesn't matter if you can see the tow vehicle lights. https://www.etrailer.com/faq-trailer...gulations.aspx
__________________
Scott Brownstein
Palm Island, Florida
2015 Georgetown 335DS
Sbrownstein is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 07:57 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Cousin Ed's Avatar
 
Entegra Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Cape Cod, MA
Posts: 1,433
No it's not!
__________________
Jeanie, Ed & Slade the GSD
Cape Cod, MA
2017 Entegra Aspire RBQ & Sierra Crew
Cousin Ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 08:01 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
C.Martin's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 2,911
Trailers must have safety chains, reflectors, license plate lights, tail lights, turn signal lights and brake lights. The trailer must be registered in your state, and you need proof of insurance

I would imagine this would apply to a toad. I wouldn’t consider towing without lights.

Perhaps the vehicle you saw had toad lights...but had a bad connection or blown fuse.
__________________
Charlie & Ronni
2016 Ventana 4037
C.Martin is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 08:01 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
ThomB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Pinellas Park, FL
Posts: 1,046
We decided not to wire in lights but there is no excuse for not having them. Our motorhome has extra lights and our car is a Mini Cooper Roadster which is low enough that all 4 existing lights are visible behind the RV. We never considered NOT adding lights for the toad. We went with a TowMate magnetic green tow light. Itís basically what tow trucks use now when they are towing a car. That made it so we didnít have to do any wiring or connecting to the RV.
__________________
Thom and Diane Boles
2010 Winnebago Vista 32K **2013 Mini Cooper S Roadster ** 2010 Triumph Tiger 1050 at home...
ThomB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 08:32 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
greystroke's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
Posts: 1,260
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThomB View Post
We decided not to wire in lights but there is no excuse for not having them. Our motorhome has extra lights and our car is a Mini Cooper Roadster which is low enough that all 4 existing lights are visible behind the RV. We never considered NOT adding lights for the toad. We went with a TowMate magnetic green tow light. Itís basically what tow trucks use now when they are towing a car. That made it so we didnít have to do any wiring or connecting to the RV.
One thing you should consider is that if someone can't stop in time and runs into the mini you might have to pay for repairs of the person crashing into you. Depends on state laws and how good the laywer is. Why go through the worry. Light it up.
__________________
98 Endeavor DP, ISB275
RX300, Falcon II hitch, BB Vantage Select
VMSpc, 2002 Grey Ford Powerstroke
TST 507 w/ 10 Sensors
greystroke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 08:43 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Rolling Ragu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Upstate South Carolina
Posts: 260
We went with the magnetic lights that don't require any wiring of the tow vehicle. We just returned from our first 2 month trip with them and I have to say I'm very pleased. I believe they are more effective than wiring the toad, as they call attention to other drivers if for no other reason than being different. For roughly $25, they can't be beat.
__________________
2011 Tiffin 34TGA Tony & Cindy
Explore with us on our YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCa...view_as=public
Rolling Ragu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 12:23 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
ThomB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Pinellas Park, FL
Posts: 1,046
Quote:
Originally Posted by greystroke View Post
One thing you should consider is that if someone can't stop in time and runs into the mini you might have to pay for repairs of the person crashing into you. Depends on state laws and how good the laywer is. Why go through the worry. Light it up.
I was saying we didn’t wire it up but we do have a light. It’s magnetic and wireless so there is really no excuse to not have some sort of lighting.
__________________
Thom and Diane Boles
2010 Winnebago Vista 32K **2013 Mini Cooper S Roadster ** 2010 Triumph Tiger 1050 at home...
ThomB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 12:33 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
PAtrailtrim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: SE PA
Posts: 117
When my toad was set up for four down, installer wired for lights, brake controller, and charging toad battery during towing. No need to pull a fuse.

To connect toad, I attach tow bar, chains, fail safe cable, and control cable. A single switch engages brakes. RV brakes and lights active brakes and lights on toad. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to hook up.

I will not tow a toad without brakes, lights and chains.
__________________
Thor Axis 27.7
PA
PAtrailtrim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2019, 01:46 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Airboss68's Avatar


 
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: SD
Posts: 606
Requirements vary state by state and also vary by trailer size and weight.


https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/trailer-lighting/
__________________

2004 Travel Supreme Select 45DSO4
Towing 2018 Ford Flex 4 down
Jarhead 67-71
Airboss68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, lights, toad



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
No parking lights clearance lights or marker lights Janwhite31 Class A Motorhome Discussions 4 06-25-2015 09:10 AM
MH 7-pin Plug to Toad 7-pin Plug for Toad Lights?? 38Chevy454 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 9 06-11-2015 08:31 AM
Marker lights,clearance lights and brake lights Ahall Entegra Owner's Forum 1 04-18-2014 06:39 AM
turn signals, running lights, tow lights side clearance lights not working gowhiz Tiffin Owner's Forum 3 02-26-2014 08:02 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.