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Old June 1st, 2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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OK- I'm sure by now this has been covered somewhere, but I've searched the Michigan SOS for hours on the subject and didn't see much that related to the leagalities with towing with a tow bar in this area.
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I want to trailer my ZJ up to Silver lake for camping, duning, wheeling on some of the trails. I would plate an insure it, but I know for a fact that I'm just going to get hassled by the local authorities (ie wheel coverage, lift laws, ect...)
I don't want to have to load and unload that puppy every time I want to hit the trails and dealing with the voucher system with a trailer sucks.
I was thinking about fabbing up a tow bar so one of the others in my group can tow me (25 MPH max) from the campground to the dunes or the trails and be dune ready. (like less than a mile)
I see guys do it all of the time with dune buggies, quads, ect... and they really started cracking down (read: ticketing) people for using tow straps.

Is this leagal to do as long as the towing vehicle is plated and insured ect ect...????

Thanks for any imput you can offer on the subject
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Old June 1st, 2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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I think street legal is a very LOOSELY used term around the dunes..

if he can drive THIS around there...


you should be able to run your ZJ
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Old June 1st, 2009, 10:26 PM   #3
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x2 if its plated and insured I dont think they care too much around the dunes. Ive seen some crazy stuff driving on the streets around there.
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 12:46 PM   #4
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Yeah- the only difference with him is that he's a local up there and a very wealthy business owner.....

Just wanted to know for getting it out to the trails just south of town for one of our outings....

I guess I'll just toss insurance and a legal plate on it for the year......
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 01:44 PM   #5
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Just drive it, I cruise town at Silver Lake twice a year with Rockwells and 44's without a second glance (from five-o anyways). Did some Blazer beatdown after you guys left TT on Sat., drove the Blue Trail rock section without winching-quite a rush.
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 02:57 PM   #6
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I think you would not have a problem either way, either plate it or flat tow it and you can go in as dune ready.

Thing is though, if you do not street drive it anywhere else, why plate and insure it for just the dunes? I would probably flat tow it from the camp (dunes only) or plate it if you are planning some trail runs.

Hope to see you up there soon.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 11:13 AM   #8
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I've had a problem on and off with death wobble since the comp- something I'm working on when I have a minute here and there- anyway if flat towing and it starts, things will happen so quickly that no one will have enought time to respond to it before something lets loose. If I'm driving it, I can slam on the brakes almost immediately.

It's only $20 for the 15 or 30 day temp plate and $15 for the insurance..... I might even take it to work on a nice Friday.....
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Just drive it. For the last few years i rarely had plates and insurance on my bronco and drove it all over out there. Just dont hot rod it and they wont care. They are on the look out for assholes.
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