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Old 03-25-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Towing behind a 5ver

Up in the Dakota's where we come from you see a lot of 5vrs pulling their boats behind them.

When we got our 1st 5th, NE did not allow this however has since changed but like most states have a overall restriction on total length from bumper to bumper. I want to say NE is 75'. So I had to estimate that at the time I purchased our new unit in 02.

Do most states now allow this? Is there a web site you can go to which lists the states that do and if so what is the total lengths?

We have a small trailer and thought of taking our bikes but if that turns out to be too much difficulty then sell them when we go FT.

I know they make toy haulers but I have yet to see one that gives me the living space I like. Sorry...
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There are alot of threads on this topic if you use the search tool. It's a very controversial subject. Most states have a prohibition on this, so if you choose to do it, you'll need to do alot of research to determine if you are legal and meet all conditions for the states you'd be traveling thru.

Personally, I'd never do it, even if legal. I think it's basically unsafe.
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There are alot of threads on this topic if you use the search tool. It's a very controversial subject. Most states have a prohibition on this, so if you choose to do it, you'll need to do alot of research to determine if you are legal and meet all conditions for the states you'd be traveling thru.

Personally, I'd never do it, even if legal. I think it's basically unsafe.
I'd venture to say we see a minimum of 50 units a day pass through pulling 5vers/boats headed to Lake Francis Case walleye fishing. I have never heard of a single mishap yet. Not to say it has not happened. I started doing it until we got a perminate CG site. I thought you would perhaps experience some sway without a sway controller like campers use but never had even a slight bit of sway towing it. Backing up for even a short distance can be tricky. I like a challenge!!!
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Most state allow RV doubles (32 at last count). Some states say a 5er or GN for the first trailer. Some say two TTs are legal. Most are in the 65' to 75' range.

I would check with each state you will be traveling through for their input on RV doubles regulations.
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Most states but not all have a 60 to 70 foot limit and other restrictions. If you go on line you should be able to find a complete breakdown state by state limitations. One thing you need to check your tow vehicles towing capacities and how you handle the breaks for the trailers.
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Most state allow RV doubles (32 at last count). Some states say a 5er or GN for the first trailer. Some say two TTs are legal. Most are in the 65' to 75' range.

I would check with each state you will be traveling through for their input on RV doubles regulations.
Exactly right since there is no reciprocity on equipment laws like there is on licenses and insurance.
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One RV dealer told me if you add a hitch of the back of the 5ver it would void any warranty on the RV structure. With that in mind, I always check the back to see if it manufactured with either a class ll or lll receiver on it.
I think Excel produces their 5'vers with class lll on it. Seen so many lately I forgot which ones.
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Found some stuff

For all states
http://www.readybrake.com/state_laws.html

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Nebraska
Triple Tow Allowed: Yes
Total maximum combined length of 65 ft.
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Florida strictly enforces they're ban on double towing but other than that I haven't heard of any other state enforcing it. I read that if you are legal in your home state, other jurisdictions won't bother you. I'm planning to try in Colorado this summer and our length limit is 70'.
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Kansas does allow this also with a length limit of 65'. You can even do it with two bumper pulls behind the TV but the statue says if you have this set-up with the two bumper pulls you have to have an anti-sway device between the TV and 1st trailer and brakes. Not hard to compy with. My gasser would not handle additional weight but if I had a diesel I'd probably try it. When you get to the lake I would unhook the boat first and then get everything backed in and situated.
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For the most part the states on the east cost do not allow 2 trailers. Everywhere else does except, I think, Oregon and Washington. It changes as laws changes so do plenty of research.
I know in VA that if you are stopped with 2 trailers you must leave one of them sitting where you are. You can not continue on with two. This used to happen a lot to the guys bringing new trailers to my grandfather's dealership. They'd come in from Kansas, Iowa, or where ever just fine but when they got to VA they would get stopped.
I would love to do it here in VA but can't so I have a TC and a boat instead of a FW and a boat.
I'm not sure why some are so insistent that it is unsafe. Commercial trucks pull 2 and even 3 trailers regularly (different set of rules).
I actually did have a DOT cop tell me that IF:
I registered my truck, RV, and boat trailer as commercial vehicles, had a commercial drivers' license with double trailer endorsement, and followed all the commercial regulations including a log book, that it would be legal. That's just too much work and expense to go to the lake.
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Found some stuff

For all states
State Towing Laws for RVs

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Triple Tow Allowed: Yes
Total maximum combined length of 65 ft.
Cool link. Good to know.

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I read that if you are legal in your home state, other jurisdictions won't bother you.
Wrong info.
You must be legal in EACH state you pass through. There is no reciprocity on equipment laws like there is for insurance or drivers licenses.
For instance: OR allows triples for commercial trucks, WA doesn't. So they have to break the triples up to follow WA laws BEFORE they cross into WA.
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Triple Tow Allowed: Yes
Total maximum combined length of 65 ft.
Well, at least for OR and WA it's flat wrong!
Both OR and WA change to a "performance spec." when towing a motorized vehicle by another motorized vehicle. The specs for WA are the same as CA and OR is more stringent.
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