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Desert Hawk

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Posted: 01/21/13 02:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What site can I visit that tells me which states require a braking system for towing?


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Posted: 01/21/13 02:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does it really vary that much? It seems that there's an unwritten rule that it's 1000 lbs. And, it ought to be a question of safety and not the law.

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All will over a certain trailer weight


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Posted: 01/21/13 02:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

See if this website helps. Not sure how current it is.


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Posted: 01/21/13 02:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm




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Posted: 01/21/13 02:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is nothing on the internet that has a ACCURATE listing. Also towing is defined differently for towing a vehicle on its tires than towing a trailer. The trailer rules DO NOT apply to towed motorvehicles.

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Posted: 01/21/13 03:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

state towing laws


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Take it from experience when someone in front of you does something real stupid and the added braking lets you get around them instead of hitting them in the drivers door you will never pull a car without brakes no matter what the law says.

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JJBIRISH wrote:

state towing laws


From the referenced list:
"MONTANA: Maximum RV width 102 in.; maximum motorhome length 55 ft.; maximum trailer length not specified; maximum RV height 14 ft.; maximum combined length for three vehicles 65 ft. Towing unit must have manufacturer’s rated carrying capacity in excess of 2,000 lbs. Riding allowed in truck campers and fifth-wheel trailers. Overnight parking in rest areas is allowed.
RV Safety Requirements: All RVs should have flares or reflective signs. Trailers under 3,000 lbs.: safety chains minimum 1/4 in. in diameter. Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch and safety chains.
State Driving Laws: Right turn on red allowed, unless posted otherwise.
More Information: Montana Highway Patrol, 2550 Prospect Ave., Helena MT 59620-1419
Emergency number: 911"

Now, let's see:
"maximum combined length for three vehicles 65 ft." NO, it is 75 feet. See MCA 61-10-104
"Trailers under 3,000 lbs.: safety chains minimum 1/4 in. in diameter. Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch and safety chains." True, as far as it goes. That is 3000lbs. GVW, not unladen weight. MCA61-9-304
The breakaway must be capable of holding the brakes engaged for 15 minutes after total breakaway.
The legal definition of "TRAILER" does not include towed motor vehicles. MCA 61-1-101(82)(a)
Also, Montana is a "Performance Law" state. You must be able to stop any combination of vehicles within 40 feet from 20 MPH on a level, hard, clean surface! MCA 61-9-312 (4)

So, if there are these inaccuracies in the Montana listing, what is there in the others? IMO, such lists of laws should NEVER be relied on. They are seldom accurate.
For example, the Towing World list of laws (as referenced by two other posters) is just as bad, if not worse. It has the same inaccuracies, plus a couple more!

* This post was edited 01/21/13 03:35pm by mowermech *


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Posted: 01/21/13 04:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This also means they have to be working as well - i.e. the trailer battery has to be engaged and working. If the trailer becomes disconnected going down the road the breaking system has to engage by DOT law and stop your run away trailer.

I know of at least one camper that was stopped by DOT for inspection. They asked him to remove the 7-way trailer electrical connection and pull forward.

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