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WA Trailer Laws?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by cbzdel, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. cbzdel

    cbzdel Tacoma, WA Member

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    I hooked up my flat bed 4x8 utility trailer to go get some lumber and my lights are not lighting up, upon searching I have a short somewhere on the wire harness on my vehicle.

    I went on google and came across some laws for a different state which said if you have a flatbed trailer and the lights on your vehicle are 100% visible you do not need trailer lights during the daylight hours.

    I was unable to find anything for WA which was similar, meaning it probably doesnt exist here. But I though I was ask anyway.

    I need to fix the harness either way but I really need to get this lumber as well, it may be faster just to rent a $20/hour truck at this point.
     
  2. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Check the ground wire, that's the usual culprit when nothing lights up.
    Most lumber companies deliver for a nominal fee.
     
  3. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  4. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    For what it's worth, I have been told by state police that as long as the pulling vehicles tail lights are visible and it is during the DAY then it's ok.

    I wouldn't recommend doing it often but in a pinch, it may be doable.
     
  5. Gunwheeler

    Gunwheeler Somewhere in De Nile Active Member

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    Might be good o mention WSP can impound for defective tail lights.
     
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  6. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Liability factor if you get rear ended
     
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  7. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Just like any load sticking out past your vehicle put something red on the back of the trailer like stapling a red flag/plastic/ shirt to a piece of wood.

    I take stuff to the dump/ Mcfarlanes, etc all the time and I've never had an issue. But then again if they want a reason they can find one.