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  • cstoltz
    cstoltzRVtravel:
    February 1
    Is it required to have lights on the back of a vehicle that is being towed on a car dolly if the car dolly has lights (break, tail lights, and turn signals)?
    • DB&GG and 3 others like this.
    • cstoltz
      Flower
      February 1 I think it depends on the state. It would be the smart thing to do whether its required or not. 
    • cstoltz
      Randy & Brandi
      February 1 In Texas, no it's not required. But Flower has good advice. Pretty sure a it's state to state requirement.
    • cstoltz
      Wolfe Rose
      February 1 I believe you are required to have proper lights within a couple feet of the rearmost point in most states. So, towed on a flat trailer with it's own lights is fine, but a dolly requires either slave wiring or $20 stick-on lights. Whether legally requir...  more
    • cstoltz
      Wolfe Rose
      February 2 I'll double down. With a quick search, the law actually a states REQUIRED.

      -tow vehicle must properly registered, insured and legal to tow the dollies vehicle (hitch, weight ratings, etc.).

      -dolly must be properly registered and...  more
    • cstoltz
      k4kev
      February 2 Maybe I've just been Lucky? I've been pulling a Dolly with a toad for at least 10 years in the south and east. I only have the dolly lights, none on the rear of the car. I've never been stopped for it. Hide 1 Reply
      • cstoltz
        k4kev
        February 2 Also, I reside in the state of Georgia which doesn't require a license plate on the dolly.
    • cstoltz
      360TRUE (Paul & Gail)
      February 12 Florida doesn't require a plate on the dolly either. We only have lights on the dolly, but we don't tow at night much either.
    • cstoltz
      rvgrandma
      February 12 Like the others, we tow a car with only lights on the dolly. Never had a problem. Your tail lights will work as reflectors but we also have a strip of reflective tape on the back bumper.  Hide 6 Replies
      • cstoltz
        cstoltz
        February 12 Thank you all. I talked with a state highway patrolman here in Ohio and it is required for vehicle being towed to have lights on the back of said vehicle.
      • cstoltz
        k4kev
        February 12 Are you sure he understood you were using a tow dolly? According to the following, that's not the case with a dolly unless the vehicle being towed hides the towing lights
        https://legalbeagle.com/7205794-illinois-tow-dolly-laws.html
      • cstoltz
        cstoltz
        February 12 Yes. The link you shared was for Illinois. I was referencing Ohio law. Each state is different so I am going to error on the side of buying lights for my vehicle.
      • cstoltz
        k4kev
        February 12 Understood. I think it's overkill but you have to do what you feel is right for you. I've traveled Ohio with only dolly lights extensively with no problem. But the difference could also could be that my towing vehicle is plated for Georgia, not Ohio.
      • cstoltz
        k4kev
        February 12 And for others reading this thread, I just found another interesting site that states the towing laws of the state your vehicle is plated and registered in follow you interstate. https://itstillruns.com/tow-dollies-legal-use-highways-7688341.html
      • cstoltz
        cstoltz
        February 12 Thanks for the article. For those who live in Ohio the dolly does not have to have a license plate, lights are required at the end of the towed vehicle, and the towed vehicle must be licensed.