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Old 08-13-2011, 03:10 AM   #1
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What are the rules for borrowing a friend's trailer? Any legal issues that exist when doing that? Also, if I plan to get a trailer, what are the state laws, such as do I need an electrical hookup to have working brake lights on the trailers? Do I need to have my plate visible with a light on it? etc etc. Thanks for your help.

I plan on using my acura tsx to haul. I can't afford a truck. Any brand recommendations? Uhaul, Curt manufac, hidden hitch....

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I plan on using my acura tsx to haul. I can't afford a truck. Any brand recommendations? Uhaul, Curt manufac, hidden hitch....
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Reese, Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are all owned by the same corporation so are now all the same. This is the brand U-Haul sells and installs.

Other good brands are Curt Mfg and Valley.

Research for your specific car, some require drilling and are harder to install than others. Also I suggest buying a plug and play wiring harness with connectors.

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What are the rules for borrowing a friend's trailer? Any legal issues that exist when doing that? Also, if I plan to get a trailer, what are the state laws, such as do I need an electrical hookup to have working brake lights on the trailers? Do I need to have my plate visible with a light on it? etc etc. Thanks for your help.

I plan on using my acura tsx to haul. I can't afford a truck. Any brand recommendations? Uhaul, Curt manufac, hidden hitch....

Yes to all of the above.
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i got a tow set up at autozone and it was a pretty easy install on the civic. i never ran the lights and didnt have an issue. then again i was only pulling a 4x6 and you could see the brake lights off the civic. not saying that is legal but it worked
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thanks, all I need now is to get the hitch, electrical, and off I go.
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I did my entire setup from www.etrailer.com. It ran me $150 for everything - hitch, receiver, ball and plug-n-play wiring. They even sent me an extra receiver for free...I asked which height they suggested and they sent me both to try out

I use my 4cyl Automatic Honda Accord to tow 1 bike and it performs remarkably well...

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The hitch was super easy to install...no drilling. Took me 20 minutes. The wire literally plugs into the back of a pigtail behind the tailight, and I am sure your TSX is the same (gotta love Honda ) If you are only using your car to tow once in a while, you can unplug it when not needed...again, no drilling There are plenty of youtube videos of how to do it directly from E-Trailer.

If you want someone else to do it for you, Uhaul does it for $25 installed (if I recall correctly) but they will drill for wiring and possibly for your hitch - something to consider. They do have a lifetime warranty for an additional $5-10 though. IMO, it's easy enough to install you can do it yourself. Even if you dont have a socket set or a torque wrench, just goto Discount Tire and borrow theres lol - they were nice enough to torque my bolts for me at no charge when I brought my car in for new tires

As for driving a fwd 4cyl automatic with 7-800lbs in back, just be easy on the go and be especially cautious with braking, giving yourself plenty of space.

As for legal/lighting, in 10 years of trailering stuff all over the place with multiple trailers, my dad has never been pulled over just for his trailer. Not even when he had lights not working or expired registration. If you are going to Louisiana, I would be cautious at night with popo but during the day, you should be fine.
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