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Old 10-31-2014, 06:37 PM   #1
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I own a 39' Heartland 5th wheel & am considering pulling a small trailer behind it with an ATV. I live in Oregon & was told that this was not legal. The other day I ran into a retired couple who live in Oregon were pulling a 5th wheel with their jeep behind the 5th wheel. I asked them how they were doing this since it wasn't legal in Oregon. They told me that it was legal in all fifty states as long as you had a valid Commercial Drivers License. They had some paper work from either the Department of Transportation or from CDL license agent of which I have lost the info. Would anyone out there have any info on this subject?
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:52 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Check here State Towing Laws for RVs for RV towing laws by state. It says it's not legal in Oregon but I'm sure it doesn't address the CDL question.

This one http://rv-roadtrips.thefuntimesguide...ple_towing.php seems to address the CDL issue and if I read it right, they say the feds want no part of regulating non commercial applications so they leave these things up to the states. This would seem to refute what you were told about it being legal in all 50 states with a CDL.

Are you really considering going through the CDL process in order to triple tow? It's pretty involved to get and maintain.

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Not sure what that guy was referring to, but most states have a 65' MAX combo length. And that is what OR says also. And no triple tow also.
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As I understand the Florida regulations.........you would have to be a commercial carrier AND the driver must be CDL licensed. So, you're down to at most 49 states now.
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:43 PM   #5
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From...oregon.gov

Number of Vehicles in combination without
special permits:
A vehicle may tow only one vehicle or trailer in
Oregon (a two-vehicle combination ORS 818.110).
Some states allow towing more than one trailer or
vehicle by non-commercial vehicles. Permits are
not allowed in Oregon for towing more than one
trailer or vehicle except for commercially titled and
registered vehicles.
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In Indiana, the only way to tow doubles is: your tow vehicle, your 5er, and boat trailer. No other 2nd trailer is legal.
Your drivers license issued by your home state is legal (reciprocal) in all others. Road rules are not reciprocal. That also applies to CDL holders. Some states allow triple-towing, Indiana does not, so truckers must drop the third trailer before entering Indiana.
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I own a 39' Heartland 5th wheel & am considering pulling a small trailer behind it with an ATV. I live in Oregon & was told that this was not legal. The other day I ran into a retired couple who live in Oregon were pulling a 5th wheel with their jeep behind the 5th wheel. I asked them how they were doing this since it wasn't legal in Oregon. They told me that it was legal in all fifty states as long as you had a valid Commercial Drivers License. They had some paper work from either the Department of Transportation or from CDL license agent of which I have lost the info. Would anyone out there have any info on this subject?
I think those people ought to take another look at what they are doing.....it is not legal in Oregon
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There is a thread about double towing.
Some states allow it, Some do not
The solution for one person was a stacker trailer (Tows his boat above his Jeep) but for many (Me for example) that would put me so far over the tow limits of my motor home that the word Reckless would apply (For others,, it's well within the tow limits so this is not a "Weight Police" post). Recommendation. tow a light weight pick up with the ATV in the bed of the truck, there are many that can be towed 4-down with the aid of a drive shaft disconnect from Remco Towing.
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There is a thread about double towing.
Some states allow it, Some do not
The solution for one person was a stacker trailer (Tows his boat above his Jeep) but for many (Me for example) that would put me so far over the tow limits of my motor home that the word Reckless would apply (For others,, it's well within the tow limits so this is not a "Weight Police" post). Recommendation. tow a light weight pick up with the ATV in the bed of the truck, there are many that can be towed 4-down with the aid of a drive shaft disconnect from Remco Towing.
I think you misread the OP's question. He is towing a 39' 5er, so I hope you are NOT recommending that he tow a pick up with the ATV behind the 5er.
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So why don't you check with DOT or the CDL license agent and get the facts???
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I think you misread the OP's question. He is towing a 39' 5er, so I hope you are NOT recommending that he tow a pick up with the ATV behind the 5er.
You are very correct, I mis-read, or rather mis-replied.

no, I should have said:
Trade the 5-er in on a motor home, THEN tow a pickup with the ATV in the bed.

OR: trade the 5ER in on a 5er toy hauler and haul the ATV toy. That would work too.
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