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Old 10-30-2020, 02:32 PM   #15
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I believe that states have reciprocal agreements so that vehicles have to meet the requirements of the state in which they are registered. Delaware cars don't have to meet California emissions etc. Virginia doesn't require a special driver's license to drive a class A RV, so I'm good to go everywhere in the U.S.
Yes, with the stipulation that your "good to go" statement is only for the motorhome. A "trailer" is not a "vehicle" and there is no reciprocity on trailers. "Trailer" definitely includes "tow dolly".

But as long as you only tow the car in Virginia, yes, you are good to go with the dolly if you add brakes.

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Yes, with the stipulation that your "good to go" statement is only for the motorhome. A "trailer" is not a "vehicle" and there is no reciprocity on trailers. "Trailer" definitely includes "tow dolly".

But as long as you only tow the car in Virginia, yes, you are good to go with the dolly if you add brakes.

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Beyond the legalities I'd be concerned about safety, particularly when going down a long grade.

Although not a big fan of surge brakes on trailers, I've always thought surge brakes on a dolly to be a good solution to the toad brake issue, and also something that allows opening up the number of vehicles that can be easily towed (basically anything with FWD).

I wonder if a dolly dealer takes trade-ins?
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The motorhome brakes are designed to stop a specific load and does not include excess loads on trailers beyond the chassis rating. The motorhome does not have a magical setting that determines if it has a trailer loaded with 3000# of rocks or a 3000# dinghy in tow. All it knows is that there is extra weight that now has to be stopped.

Trying to beat the laws of physics with legal jargon between a trailer and a towed vehicle is a hopeless exercise. The physics will win every time.

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I can tell you if you tow in CA without breaks and get pulled over you will get cited even if your registered in a different state.

There are two categories we are dealing with one is safety and one is licensing. Safety laws are not reciprocated from state to state. These include towing requirements and limits, tire dates for age, legality of persons riding in towed equipment ect. The other is registration, drivers lisences requirements ect.

So if you tow you must meet the minimum requirements of the most restrictive state you will travel in.
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... I found that the only dolly that could handle both the width and weight was the EZE tow dolly. This came from published specs. +....
The American Car Dolly (both models) have a 6500 lb capacity and is available with electric brakes, Been using ours for over 70,000 miles, and it's built like a tank! Might want to look at that dolly manufacturer
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In regards to this topic, how does U-Haul get by with no brakes on their tow dolly’s?
Has there never been an accident with a U-Haul dolly in the mix?
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Uhaul has surge breaks on all there dollyís.
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Uhaul has surge breaks on all there dollyís.
Hmm..... Iíve rented a few the last few years, never saw surge brakes on the oneís I used.
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They removed the surge brakes because of some technicality in the law, back a few years ago. The law was interrupted as needing driver control of the brakes.

That's since been changed and U Haul is now installing surge brakes on dollys again. Saw one a few days ago.

May have something to do with this too.

Phoenix, AZ - An Arizona state court jury cleared rental truck giant U-Haul of all liability on Thursday in a $30 million products liability trial over claims that the lack of brakes on a tow dolly caused a car accident that left a man permanently paralyzed.
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You don't need a breakaway system if you don't have brakes.

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WA state doesn't specifically require brakes but you must have some type of system that will hold the unit still for 15 min om any normal highway grade
That's kind of hard to do without brakes.
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Hmm..... Iíve rented a few the last few years, never saw surge brakes on the oneís I used.
I rented one to move my step daughter from MN to WA, it had surge brakes. All of the U-Haul dollies I've seen on the lots here in WA have surge brakes.
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Tom.....this can go back and forth for 20 pages. If you were flat towing a CRV or Ford Fiesta, dolly brakes would be a toss up. When you start getting into toads in the 4K plus range, you should have a braking system.
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I have a 38 Newmar DP and considering using a dolly to tow our 2005 Dodge grand caravan. I have a tow dolly without surge brakes. Any of you tow without surge brakes? What's your experience?
I have a master tow dolly, that has Hyd surge brakes and has the wide wheel pan. Works good.
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