At 08:41 AM 1/17/2007, Bill Erickson wrote:
>I need to move a 24 foot long (when collapsed), 2,400 pound tower.
>I can not find a rental trailer that is longer than 14 feet.
>A long time ago I saw a ham towing a tower as a trailer. He had built and
>attached a cradle
>near the base of the tower. It had 15 inch car wheels and tires.
>He had a short mast that slipped into the top of the tower. He had welded a
>2 inch ball hitch
>He then hooked it up to his truck, and off went the tower. Slick!
>My questions are:
>Does the "Cradle" have to be licensed in California?
This is very much like the "dolly" used for telephone/utility poles.
>Are tail lights and brake lights required at the base end (back) of the
>I wouldn't think so since the trucks rear lights would be visible, and the
>tower would be towed
>during daylight. However, the California Highway Patrol can be very picky.
There are a bunch of rules about the width and length of the trailer
to get away with no lights (e.g. a cement mixer being towed behind a
truck). I doubt that any practical tower rig would fit in the no
The utility pole dollies have lights at the back of the pole.
>Does anyone have any photos or drawings that they could e-mail me.
>Thanks for you thoughts on this project.
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