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Old 06-29-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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Triple tow

I was visiting with a guy at the CG today and asked him how he got his Motorcycle here from Ind. he pointed to a utility trailer set up for a bike to ride in. He tows it behind his jeep his jeep behind his DP MH. I called the MI state police and they said it was fine as long as it was under 65 ft total. I thought the only way to do a three way was with a 5th wheel. He said he has done it all over ind and mi with no issues. What do you think?
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
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Depends on the skill level of the driver. But it scares me. I wouldn't do it without getting some professional training. See it occasionally around the country on freeways but never had to pass one. They've passed me though.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:40 AM   #3
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I think that once you leave the few states that allow this, that you would have to break it down into two units.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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Frowned on in the state of Washington. See link to previous thread. State trooper pulled this one over. Can only imagine how the conversation went.

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Old 06-29-2012, 12:00 PM   #5
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There Seems most folks on here think its a bit dangerous and they were talking about a trailer behind a 5th wheel. I would do that with no problem. I'm still thinking that MH+jeep+utility trailer with 800lb bike in it is giving me a little pause. I don't think I would wonder far from home. O and as far as I could tell no surge brakes on the utility trailer.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #6
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Used to be that in Michigan the only way you could double tow as an RV operator was a boat behind a 5-er, or so I'm told

The law was changed, You need an endorsement on your license to be completly legal, (I forget which one since I do not double tow) Likely D for Double or T for Trailers.

If you wish I can look up chapter and verse of the vehicle code, but it might take a while as .. Well that computer is out of service. (The one that has the code on it here).
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:52 PM   #7
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I'd be more concerned about the insurance (or lack thereof) and liability if anything ever happened.

In most jurisdictions I've come across, the trailer is covered by the tow vehicles policy, however (there's always at least one however with insurance), the second trailer would be covered by the first trailers insurance, not the power unit up front.

So in the linked thread with the PWC's behind the 5'er, if they ever came detached or something, there'd likely be no insurance on them.

With a bike on a trailer behind a jeep, behind a m/h, m/h insurance co. would say talk to the Jeep insurance co. who would say "so there was no driver in it at the time you say.......".

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Murf that's a good point. Can you imagine that discussion. We have our MH insured with a different company as the car and another for my bike. Funny to think about getting that mess straight. .
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Me personally it's MH-toad-trailer with golf cart and been doing it for years and works great. I do see a lot of 5ers doing it.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:28 PM   #10
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Must be fun to back up?
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I thought the only way to do a three way was with a 5th wheel. He said he has done it all over ind and mi with no issues. What do you think?
Your thought was wrong for IN. & MI. and probably a few other states.

When I lived in IN. I pulled a 22' TT behind a 1/2T pickup and had a 16' Ranger bass boat hooked behind the TT.
I think it was around 63-64' total.

If I got over 55MPH I could check the tires on the boat trailer in my side mirrors.
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I live in Mich and see this all the time. I will admit I see it with mostly 5ers. I certainly have no problem with it. I am curious how good they do if/when they they have to back up

I have no doubt the ones that do this know what they're doing, or at least never put themselves in a position to have to back up very far, like most of us do when towing.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:46 PM   #13
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Well I have a MH I am shopping for a toad and own a utility trailer that my 99 Valkyrie Interstate fits on. The bike gets lonely when I'm camping to long so I might just try it. How would it work with the car on a car dolly instead of a toad?
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JMHO, scares the living daylights out of me. Would not consider trying it without electric trailer brakes wired through to the trailer. If the trailer starts swaying around you want to be able to apply the brakes in the rear most axle first.
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