Do you tow or haul your car on a trailer in Calif?

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Do you tow or haul your car on a trailer in Calif?

Postby Larry Jowdy » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:51 pm

California has a law that isn't widely known. It requires safety chains or cables between a towed vehicle and the vehicle doing the towing (most of us know that) Also attached to that law is a regulation that requires that a vehicle being towed on a trailer have (4) securing straps/chains \"each\" capable of withstanding the total weight of the vehicle. In other words, if your car weights 2,000 pounds then you need (4) straps, each rated at 2,000 pounds. Also, the securing end must have a safety feature that prevents it from coming un-hooked. On another board, it's been discussed and several people have been cited for the offense. If you don't have the straps then CHP won't let you leave until you properly secure the load.

29004. (a) (1) Except as required under paragraph (2), every towed
vehicle shall be coupled to the towing vehicle by means of a safety
chain, cable, or equivalent device in addition to the regular
drawbar, tongue or other connection.
(3) Any vehicle transported on a slide back carrier or
conventional trailer shall be secured by at least four tiedown
chains, straps, or an equivalent device, independent of the winch or
loading cable. This subdivision shall not apply to vehicle bodies
that are being transported in compliance with Sections 1340 to 1344,
inclusive, of Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations.
(b) All safety connections and attachments shall be of sufficient strength to control the towed vehicle in the event of failure of the regular hitch, coupling device, drawbar, tongue, or other connection. All safety connections and attachments also shall have a positive means of ensuring that the safety connection or attachment does not become dislodged while in transit.

(c) No more slack may be left in a safety chain, cable, or equivalent device than is necessary to permit proper turning. When a drawbar is used as the towing connection, the safety chain, cable, or equivalent device shall be connected to the towed and towing vehicle and to the drawbar so as to prevent the drawbar from dropping to the ground if the drawbar fails.
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Postby racerdave » Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:44 pm

Is this the same as the DOT regulations ? Enforcable in all states?
Just curious [8D]
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Postby PhotoAaron » Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:23 pm

Every time and I mean every time I have towed a trailer in CA, I have had a CHP pull up and look at my hitch while I was driving. My friend who had been ticketed in the past told me what they were looking for.....Safety chains and that the runaway brake cable is attached as well.

BTW- I was taught to cross my chains to form an X, so that if there is a hitch failure the X in the chains will form a cradle and prevent the tongue from digging into the road and 'pole vaulting' the trailer.
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Postby laneco » Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:06 am

racerdave wrote:Is this the same as the DOT regulations ? Enforcable in all states?
Just curious [8D]


California emulated the DOT regulations almost verbatim. If you are DOT compliant, you are California compliant.

Brakes on all axles are next for trailers over 3,000 lbs. Watch it happen.

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Postby mightyspyder » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:00 am

I would never want to haul a loaded trailer [or an empty one, for that matter], without overrun brakes - never! Too damned dangerous.
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Postby Goofycat » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:09 am

I think the law is entirely reasonable.
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Postby Greenberg » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:24 am

I had my trailer ordered with power brakes. Loaded with the spyder it is barely 2000lbs. By the way, it still has not sold. I paid over $4,000 for it and will let it go for $2,500. It has only been used twice.
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Postby snowback » Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:12 am

SOLD... I'm happy to buy your spyder for $2,500.00. Now do you want canadian or us dollars? :D
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Postby Greenberg » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:23 am

Snowy, you'd be crazy not to buy this trailer for $2500, its built for both of your cars.
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Postby snowback » Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:07 pm

Trouble is I follow Porche's philosophy that the cars are truly ment to be driven and not trailered!....Well unless you have to call AMA...which I have been known to do on occasion!
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Postby snowback » Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:14 pm

So Mark,
Have you sold your spyder yet? (Opportunity for a new plug if you have not! Jump in and reply with great detail now!)
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Postby Larry Jowdy » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:03 pm

Mark, why don't you start a thread in Classified and post some photo's of your trailer... Let people know who many axles, tire size, its gross vehicle weight, hitch/ball size etc.
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Postby fastspyder » Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:30 am

Hey Brian... that trailer is a good deal for you and on top of it you will need it to move all your stuff ..North of Montreal.... [8D]
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Postby Greenberg » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:26 am

Larry Jowdy wrote:Mark, why don't you start a thread in Classified and post some photo's of your trailer... Let people know who many axles, tire size, its gross vehicle weight, hitch/ball size etc.


Thanks Larry, will do. Snowy, the problem with the spyder is there is so much into it and anyone has ever seen it wants it, but doesn't have the money. Its a great car with everything on it and it goes like stink.
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Postby fastspyder » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:05 am

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Hey Brian... that trailer is a good deal for you and on top of it you will need it to move all your stuff ..North of Montreal....
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i made a mistake guys...i just talk to SNOWBACK and i miss-understand because my english is not perfect and i was in the impression he was moving close to Montreal but it was just for vacation 2-3 weeks...visiting...not forever...Sorry. #-o
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