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Old 05-25-2015, 05:31 PM   #1
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Double tow trailer

My fifth wheel plus dully measures 55'. Most states allow a maximum length of 65 feet. I hope to double tow with my Polaris Ranger which measures 5x9. the total trailer length of a 6x10 trailer is around 12 feet making it over the legal limit. I have another new aluminum trailer that is 16 feet also making it to long to use. Does anyone know of a way I can carry my Ranger and stay legal, in double tow states?
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Get shorter trailer and load it sideways?
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:45 PM   #3
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Can't... He said it was 9' long, that would exceed 102" width limit.

I'd say just do it... I don't think that 2' will stand out enough to make it worth pulling tape over... Overall, they don't hardly mess with RV's anyway.

The 6" over width would stand out way more tha the 2' over length.
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Double tows are not legal everywhere and just because it is legal in your home state does not mean it is legal in a state you are visiting......
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:39 PM   #5
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I towed 3' over length in Minnesota for over 2 years and never had a problem. But you never know. In Wisconsin the allowed length is shorter, and never had a problem either...
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I can count on one hand with 3 fingers left, of people who have had trouble being over length, because those that do behave themselves, and don't try to draw attention to themselves.
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Old 05-30-2015, 05:48 PM   #7
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Forgive my ignorance here, but if the Polaris Ranger is a wheeled vehicle can it be flat towed?
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I know several people double tow from Michigan to Florida and back w/o problems. Dually towing a 5th wheel with an enclosed motorcycle trailer behind.
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Double tows are not legal everywhere and just because it is legal in your home state does not mean it is legal in a state you are visiting......
Best advice..However

Can you load the ranger on a ramp instead of a flat bed?

Lifting one end (either end) enough will result in a shorter trailer.
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The Federal requirements state that you meet the requirements of the state that you meet the 2 out of 3 ie: registration, insurance, drivers Liscence. That governs what laws you follow. If you meet the length, hitch types etc, then you do not need to worry about the state that you travel through. Double trailers are against the law in South Carolina, but North Carolina and Virginia have no laws against this. So SC plates get pulled over, but NC and Va pass on by!
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I think you may be wrong only certain laws are recipical not all laws.....
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Settle this, stop and ask a state trooper about this. They will tell you. I experience it near a popular vacation spot, but also in Kalifornia when I was in the Navy, The locals would try to hassle us about things that were not legal there, but were legal in our home states of registry! This one officer got reprimanded before he learned not to hassle people who were obeying the laws that applied to them. None of us had plates from The Republic of Kalifornia!
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I think you may be wrong only certain laws are recipical not all laws.....
Agree with Bob.

There are two laws that apply depending upon where you are driving. Federal laws govern all of the interstates. State laws govern everything off of the interstates, except for a couple miles off of the interstate (you have to be able to get off to get fuel and food and washrooms).

Drivers license and vehicle registration requirements are reciprical. Length, weight, width and height are not. Height seems to be pretty universal though and will depend on the minimum clearance of any bridges rather than laws.
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Settle this, stop and ask a state trooper about this. They will tell you. I experience it near a popular vacation spot, but also in Kalifornia when I was in the Navy, The locals would try to hassle us about things that were not legal there, but were legal in our home states of registry! This one officer got reprimanded before he learned not to hassle people who were obeying the laws that applied to them. None of us had plates from The Republic of Kalifornia!
You were covered under the Solders and Sailors act of 1948 back then.....
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