Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 03-23-2012, 03:23 PM
Pietato Pietato is offline
Ford Motor Company
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 266
Default NYS tow laws

Well im picking up a trans for my 98 tomorrow and have some questions.

A buddy of mine was kind enough to donate his garage for the swap. He lives about 7mi from me. The 98 isnt on the road right now as I swapped the plates to my 04 when I bought it, so I'm trying to figure out the best way of transport.

Now I've seen people use chains/ropes/straps/ect but is this legal? I wont need to be going very fast and it does run so power steering and brakes are a go.

It also drives be it not gracefully but I dont think I'm bold enough to swap plates

I could rent a tow dolly but If I could do this on the cheap that would be great
__________________
2004 4.0L extended cab FX4 Level II 5r55e

1998 3.0L extended cab XLT 2wd 4r44e
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-23-2012, 03:27 PM
Hickfromhell88 Hickfromhell88 is offline
Did You Touch My Drumset?
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 701
Default Re: NYS tow laws

I towed a buddys mustang 25 miles on the highway by tow rope and didnt get looked at once by the cops, just make sure your brakes are strong enough for your truck plus his since yours does ALL the braking.
__________________
SOLD!:'98 Ford Ranger 4.0 OHV 4x4 Auto Bone Stock

'02 F150 SUPERCREW CAB FX4 5.4L
Quote:
Originally Posted by machine View Post
LOL that sucks! "Jeremy Hall" sounds to me like it belongs on the side of a long trailer with a race car inside. "JEREMY HALL RACING"
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-23-2012, 04:26 PM
Pietato Pietato is offline
Ford Motor Company
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 266
Default

Well someone would have to steer couldn't they brake as well?
__________________
2004 4.0L extended cab FX4 Level II 5r55e

1998 3.0L extended cab XLT 2wd 4r44e
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-23-2012, 05:59 PM
OhioMike OhioMike is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 2,761
Default Re: NYS tow laws

Quote:
It also drives be it not gracefully but I dont think I'm bold enough to swap plates

I could rent a tow dolly but If I could do this on the cheap that would be great
SSwitching plates is a bad idea because it is saying that the vehicle is legal, and it clearly isn't. I would say that you would probably be better driving w/o a plate. You don't have a title or you could get a 30 day tag? Obviously, you don't want to spend a lot of money, but I would seriously get a tow dolly. What if something goes wrong w/o one?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-24-2012, 02:56 PM
Pietato Pietato is offline
Ford Motor Company
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 266
Default Re: NYS tow laws

I do have the title and I'll probably end up with the tow dolly. Just looking for some ideas
__________________
2004 4.0L extended cab FX4 Level II 5r55e

1998 3.0L extended cab XLT 2wd 4r44e
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-24-2012, 03:07 PM
94bseries 94bseries is offline
beer mud guns
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 241
Default Re: NYS tow laws

Grab a buddy and a tow rope. Set the e brake on the dead truck a couple of clicks to keep tension on the strap. Oh and take a back road if possible
__________________
1994 B3000 5spd, manual t-case, 3" body lift, 32x11.5 pro comp all terrains (not impressed), and that's about it.

Say what you want, I love my ttb AND my 3 litre...
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-25-2012, 04:26 PM
Skylark65 Skylark65 is offline
"Race Internals"
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3,717
Default Re: NYS tow laws

chain towing is illegal as all hell, just an FYI. i've done it a couple of times, but only when i had no other options. if you choose to chain tow it, you will need someone in the truck behind you for brakes & steering, and in case it gets away from you. but honestly, if it runs and drives, i would drive it, and have a buddie follow close behind, mabe another buddie right in front of you.

you could also buy a tow bar from harbor freight, they work much better than chain towing but i'm honestly not sure how legal they are, and if one would even be compatable with a ranger.

of course, renting a tow dolly is your best, safest, and most legal option. $50-150 to rent a dolly VS. a dick cop throwing the book at you for chain towing / and or/ no tags and all the associated fines & possible cort costs, i'd rent a dolly.
__________________
2000 XLT 4X4, 3.0, Auto, regular cab - throttle cable mod, K&N drop in filter, taylor thundervolt 8.2 plug wires, autolite sparkplugs, Accel coil pack, AVS Ventshades, Rampage LED tailgate light bar, BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A tires, Trail F/X toolbox, cruse control pod light fix, Cobra 19 ultra II CB, lil wil antenna, pioneer door speakers, expo woodgrain radio bezal, 06+ mirrors & tails, powerdome hood

2000 XLT 4X4 Offroad, 4.0 / auto, supercab - the project truck!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-26-2012, 02:58 PM
Pietato Pietato is offline
Ford Motor Company
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 266
Default Re: NYS tow laws

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skylark65 View Post
chain towing is illegal as all hell, just an FYI. i've done it a couple of times, but only when i had no other options. if you choose to chain tow it, you will need someone in the truck behind you for brakes & steering, and in case it gets away from you. but honestly, if it runs and drives, i would drive it, and have a buddie follow close behind, mabe another buddie right in front of you.

you could also buy a tow bar from harbor freight, they work much better than chain towing but i'm honestly not sure how legal they are, and if one would even be compatable with a ranger.

of course, renting a tow dolly is your best, safest, and most legal option. $50-150 to rent a dolly VS. a dick cop throwing the book at you for chain towing / and or/ no tags and all the associated fines & possible cort costs, i'd rent a dolly.
Sounds like im sticking with the dolly. That being said its kind of surprising how many times I've seen chain towing
__________________
2004 4.0L extended cab FX4 Level II 5r55e

1998 3.0L extended cab XLT 2wd 4r44e
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-26-2012, 07:34 PM
94bseries 94bseries is offline
beer mud guns
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 241
Default Re: NYS tow laws

Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures that's for sure. But if legality is of concern then you're definately on the right track with the dolly. I can borrow a dolly any time from work yet you'll still catch me chain towing when a buddy calls at the last minute
__________________
1994 B3000 5spd, manual t-case, 3" body lift, 32x11.5 pro comp all terrains (not impressed), and that's about it.

Say what you want, I love my ttb AND my 3 litre...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tinting Laws.. Bighomedog11 Exterior Tech 14 12-03-2011 07:40 PM
Gun laws? 99rangerguy Off Topic 8 10-02-2011 03:22 PM
NYS is getting a bit picky with inspections! ObsoleteE Interior Tech 35 04-17-2011 10:45 AM
Tint laws ShadowSport General Ford Ranger Discussion 27 03-08-2011 12:17 AM
Laws of Physics Superlifted06FX4 Laugh Factory 56 12-05-2009 06:47 AM