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MRUSA

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Posted: 08/11/19 12:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IB853347201 wrote:

Why does this matter and who cares?
Its just irresponsible to tow a vehicle without a supplemental braking system in place.
Just do the right thing and you won't have to worry about it.


I agree completely.


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to muddy the waters, what are the requirements for tow dollys? I understand that some states require them to be licensed as a trailer and others don't require a license when a licensed vehicle is riding on one. what about brakes on them?
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MRUSA wrote:

IB853347201 wrote:

Why does this matter and who cares?
Its just irresponsible to tow a vehicle without a supplemental braking system in place.
Just do the right thing and you won't have to worry about it.


I agree completely.


I completely disagree....FWIW....lol. I have one and use it sometimes, sometimes I do not. Never seen a towed vehicle breakaway, never seen my brake buddy do much of anything, really. It tells me when it brakes and it is so seldom....and only for a second. I set it up more aggressively one time and it is annoying and I am sure tearing the **** out of my Jeep....

I just love this subject......and the comments. If you get pulled over I am pretty sure no one will check. Only time I believe it would be an issue is if you kill someone. Then maybe there will be litigation to see if not having one would have made a difference.

I do not know why they call it common sense since we all have a different view.

And so you all know....I always drive whatever is posted as the speed limit...yes, 75mph....and I drive some crazy steep mountain passes multiple times a year....so....not flat.

And I drove my Wrangler ALL over Utah....no ticket. Lots and lots of fenderless Jeeps there and no one was pulled over....j/s.

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And I drove my Wrangler ALL over Utah....no ticket. Lots and lots of fenderless Jeeps there and no one was pulled over....j/s.

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and this proves what? lazy cops
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MRUSA wrote:

IB853347201 wrote:

Why does this matter and who cares?
Its just irresponsible to tow a vehicle without a supplemental braking system in place.
Just do the right thing and you won't have to worry about it.


I agree completely.


If you read all the comments you might realize the OP was hoping to have one thread with links to all the state laws so newbies can have an easy place to go when they wonder if they need brakes or not.


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Bumpyroad wrote:

dubdub07 wrote:


And I drove my Wrangler ALL over Utah....no ticket. Lots and lots of fenderless Jeeps there and no one was pulled over....j/s.

WW


and this proves what? lazy cops
bumpy


Probably not. I was being glib. I am sure if you look like you need to be pulled over the 50% fender rule is a darn handy way to look in your Jeep and see if you doing something you shouldn't be....

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Can we look at this from another POV? Say a MH has GVWR of 22,000 lbs. Loaded and ready to go, the GVW is 26,000. How many of you will argue this is a perfectly safe situation? Reasonably safe? Safe enough? If this vehicle ran into your kid, was the driver negligent?




Now does it matter that the extra 4,000 is riding on extra wheels?

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Here's another point of view;
Considering the current demands for the safest possible equipment, and the current desire to file a lawsuit for nearly anything, isn't it likely that if the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety thought that in any way a braking system on a towed vehicle was absolutely necessary for safety, they would be demanding that all states pass a law requiring one, and the existing ones available would be required to be tested and given the Good Housekeeping or IIHS or CR Seal Of Approval?
No way would insurance companies pass up an opportunity like that!


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Bumpyroad wrote:

IB853347201 wrote:

Why does this matter and who cares?
Its just irresponsible to tow a vehicle without a supplemental braking system in place.
Just do the right thing and you won't have to worry about it.


x2
just looking for excuses to save $3000. but need a break away feature.
bumpy



Agreed. When I bought my coach 15 years ago I immediately installed a SBS without doing any investigation into the law. It just makes sense.


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