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 6/21/2005 12:14 PM
 
Hello Everyone: Never knew that when one takes the first giant step to purchases an RV, all the major decisions that follow. We/I decided to go with a tow dolly with surge brakes to pull my 87 Saab convertible behind our 85 Pace Arrow(I love this car). Lots of thought went into the decision but for us, a dolly was the best option.
However, on the down side, I understand there are a few states that require dolly’s to be registered (in addition to the towed vehicle) to pass into and thru their borders and perhaps a few express ways. Massachusetts, our neighbor, is one I think. New York does not require nor offer tow dolly registration.
My question; Where can I find a listing of the states that require dolly registration and with the exception of avoiding these states, how would one pass thru legally and ticket free.
Thanks to all SaabBob :)
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 6/21/2005 3:29 PM
 
All of the states that I know of allow you operate your vehicle in them according to your own registration laws. I have never gotten a ticket for my unlicensed flat bed trailer in another state. And other than a Uhaul tow dolly I haven't seen any with license plates on them. Maybe I need some education too. Lee Lee & Marilyn N5SGO 1989 36' Foretravel 2001 Wrangler Quartzsite or bust http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/n5sgo

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 6/21/2005 8:30 PM
 
I'm not sure but I think whatever state it is that your tow vehicle is registered in is all you need to worry about. I used a tow dolly for 5 years, drove coast to coast and never once was stopped for not having a tag. Kansas has very vague laws about tow dollies and utility trailers. It requires you to tag a trailer that is rated under 2,000 lbs. You simply take the title to the DMV and buy a lifetime tag that is good for the entire time you won the trailer, $20 I think.
Neil This message was edited by Neil on 6-22-05 @ 5:54 AM

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 6/23/2005 5:16 AM
 
Hi Lee and Neil:
While running a search for state laws regarding tow dolly’s I have found reference to some state restrictions but nothing definite. In one forum they said the AAA has a complete list of state by state regulations including trailer and dolly break requirements and total length of vehicle and trailer restrictions. Not a member of AAA so looking elsewhere.
I asked the dealer where I purchased my T80 heavy duty with surge breaks Master Tow and he new that there were some state restrictions but could not be specific. He and others have said the NJ turnpike does not allow trailers or tow dolly’s. Also asked a friend who owns a big (38 wreckers, flat beds tow trucks and a NYS Thruway towing contractor) and he said other than the NJ Turnpike, he didn’t know of any laws in the Northeast but knew there were some in the western US that have restrictions on tow dolly’s.
So, for the time being I’m going to restrict my travels to only NY until I have more definitive information. No plans to go further as we have a new 9 lb grandson.
Thanks all and any more info would be greatly appreciated. Bob
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 6/23/2005 10:16 AM
 
I suggest you call U-Haul they have dollys in all 48 and most of Canada and ask how they do it as you will never see a tag on one of theirs. Call 1-800-468-4285 the Corporate is located in Phoenix. Good Luck
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 6/28/2005 5:56 AM
 
Update
We are planning on taking our first trip with the tow dolly thru Massachusetts to Maine so I called the Mass. State Police. In Mass., dolly’s are legal providing the vehicle on it (the one being towed) is licensed and registered. Empty or pulling an unlicensed vehicle you risk getting a ticket and the dolly being seized and taken to an impoundment area.
Have to find myself a state by state list of dolly laws.
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 6/28/2005 7:40 AM
 
I'm not sure that tow dollies are forbidden on the NJ Turnpike. Here is a relevant section of their regulations, under PROHIBITIONS:
20. Vehicles in tow: i. With an axle or combination of axles raised off the ground and supported by cable, chains, rope, dollies or other devices, except that Class I vehicles in tow with front axle off the ground and supported by dollies with safety chains are permitted to enter and use the Roadway provided that the brake lights and turn signals of the tow dolly trailering system or towed vehicle are connected to and operating in conjunction with the towing vehicle's lights; Without axles raised, if interconnected with rope, chains, cable or pipe or tow bars without chains; or iii. By a fifth wheel crane or hoist mounted on a truck-tractor.

Check it out for yourself, via their web site: http://www.state.nj.us/turnpike/nj-index.htm Dutch '99 Dynasty '03 Honda CR-V

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