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Frozen mud and farm use tags

putting air in the Club Car golf cart tireThe driveway was frozen enough this morning to risk getting the golf cart through the mud.

We recently found out that our local mechanic has the same golf cart and is willing to take a look at ours.

It did great through the frozen mud. The mechanic is just down the road, which meant maybe a fourth of a mile on our local country road and another fourth on the main highway. I was a bit stressed at the prospect of breaking down half way, or getting a ticket, but traffic is pretty light around here, especially at 9:30 in the morning when most folks are already tucked into their job for the day.

A guy at the garage suggested that a Farm Use tag mounted on the back might be enough to reduce the risk of trouble with the police for occasions like this. Not sure if that's good enough for the law, but I'm guessing it would help.

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Would one of those orange triangles you see on the back of tractors work? We can take our farm equipment on the roads around here if we've got one of them on the back of the equipment.
Comment by Heath Tue Jan 31 19:01:10 2012
I'll bet the orange triangles would help make it a bit safer in traffic at least. Of course, even our "highway" has so little traffic that Mark didn't have anyone come up behind him on the way to the garage....
Comment by anna Tue Jan 31 19:40:08 2012
Just pimp it a bit, and put a sign on the back saying "Walden golf club and resort. Members only". :-)
Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Feb 1 02:19:59 2012
Unfortunately, we'd probably still get a ticket. Some guy in our nearest town got one a few years ago for driving his golf cart on those little roads, and we've lived in fear ever since...
Comment by anna Wed Feb 1 08:55:16 2012
..if you guys are still having driveway woes maybe a lift kit for the golfcart would work. I am thinking of buying a golf cart but putting an 8inch lift kit on it so it will go anywhere..if you had something that could reliably get over your brook mayby you could park the truck on the other side full the cart would weigh way less. Just some thoughts!
Comment by eagergridlessbeaver Wed Feb 1 09:58:10 2012
The golf cart is actually my favorite method of driving things in and out, even without a lift kit. It carries much less than the truck, but can drive over much rougher terrain without tearing it up. Unfortunately, it's been out of order for 12 months while we tried to figure out how to get it to a good mechanic. (I don't know why we didn't ask our favorite mechanic first. Just assumed he didn't work on electric vehicles maybe?) Hopefully he'll be able to fix it and we'll be back in hauling mode shortly.
Comment by anna Wed Feb 1 10:29:43 2012

According to this page, the following applies to street legal golf karts.

Regulatory Laws for Street Legal Golf Carts

  • Electric vehicle must not be capable of top speeds in excess of 25 MPH
  • Vehicle must have functional head lights, tail lights and turn signals
  • Gross weight of the vehicle must not exceed 2500 lbs. (total weight)
  • Each passenger seat must be equipped with safety harness or belt
  • All street-legal vehicles must have a 17-digit VIN number
  • Cannot be operated on Interstates, freeways or high-speed highways
  • Vehicles must be equipped with mirrors and body reflectors
  • Must have a manufacturer's certificate of origin as a low-speed vehicle
  • Use is restricted to lower speed secondary roads and neighborhood streets

Not a clue as to what a VIN number is, but apart from that the rest of the stuff that needs to be added seems quite straightforward and within the reach of a hobbyist or mechanic. Of course if your intended route includes "Interstates, freeways or high-speed highways", you're out of luck.

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Feb 1 15:03:46 2012

The VIN number is easy --- it's a Vehicle Identification Number that every vehicle in the US has. My understanding is that you either have one or you don't, but maybe you can apply to add one to a golf cart.

The problem, though, is that I think we still wouldn't be allowed to drive our golf cart on the "highway", which is our only way to get anywhere. I think the speed limit there is 55 (not that I've ever reached 55 on that road, due to the excessive curves), which probably means it's a high speed highway.

Comment by anna Wed Feb 1 15:41:33 2012
Any luck on the repairs?
Comment by Heath Fri Feb 3 13:54:43 2012
In fact, Mark was posting about the results just as you asked. :-)
Comment by anna Fri Feb 3 18:52:42 2012

That trip was probably a little closer to 1.5 miles than 0.5 miles. FWIW...

From your mailbox to 65 is a tad more than half a mile.

Comment by Bob Fri Feb 3 21:55:32 2012
I guess I haven't done a good enough job about being vague about our location.... Are you a neighbor and I just don't realize it?
Comment by anna Sat Feb 4 10:32:54 2012
That I am. Mark and I talked in November.
Comment by Bob Sat Feb 4 15:38:20 2012
Oh good! Glad to meet you. :-)
Comment by anna Sat Feb 4 19:37:27 2012

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