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Old 10-23-2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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Towing tandem............

We are thinking of trading our Class A for a 5th wheel. I pull a 8x10 sport trailer with 2 scooters and 2 kayaks with wood. If we go to a 5th wheel, I am thinking about towing tandem ..................... any thoughts?


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Old 10-23-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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Your combination would be legal in some states, illegal in many.

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Old 10-23-2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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I would consider a 5th. wheel toy hauler. The problem with tandem towing (2 or more trailers) is that only certain states and provinces allow this type of towing. Backing up is also impossible!

Other options: 1.) There is a tandem trailer available that would haul your scooters plus a vehicle behind your motorhome. 2.) There is also a platform hauler that attaches to the back of 5th. wheel trailers that will haul motorcycles, ATV, etc. This unit utilizes a centre wheel or wheels that support the weight and is not consider a second trailer but rather an extension of the 5th. wheel. At any rate, I would check with your state or provincial motor vehicle branch before making any purchases.

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:33 PM   #4
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Go for it.
But do your home work regarding double tow issues in your state and states you want to travel in.

I towed doubles for over eight years with a 26' 5er and a 3400 lb bass boat. Other trips the boat was left at home and pulled a car hauler with a Wrangler to CO during elk season or a load of ATVs. Several times I pulled my bil's popup to the campgrounds behind the 5er.'
I'm in Oklahoma and every state around allows RV doubles.

There is no need to back a double tow up. Never had a need. Just don't barge off down a road or drive that has no outlet. Plan your fuel stops or rest areas. And take it easy and forget about fast tracking with the speed freaks.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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I towed a 10' box trailer behind my 5er for over 10 years with never a problem. The trailer contained either a quad, golf cart used for handicapped wife, or her handicap scooter, along with a generator and gas cans, etc. That was mostly in Texas, boondocking while attending races at Texas Motor Speedway. But we sometimes ventured into Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico with that rig. We tow the 5er at 62 MPH, so over the years numerous State Troopers passed us and never gave us a second look.

Two cautions:

1] Be sure your receiver on the back of the 5er is strong enough for the weight of the trailer. Any good welding shop can add junk iron to the trailer frame area to beef it up enough to install a class III receiver that won't fail.

2] When the 5er does a jig, the second trailer will do a huge jog. Have someone else drive the rig on a crooked bumpy road while you follow in another vehicle. You'll probably be amazed at how much jogging the second trailer does. And you cannot see the second trailer from the tow vehicle, even with towing mirrors, so you need at least one sway bar on the hitch for the second trailer so that huge jog doesn't become uncontrollable sway. I used an EAZ-Lift sway bar like the one in this photo from the EAZ-Lift website:

That photo also shows the EAS-Lift weight-distributing hitch, but we used the sway bar with an ordinary weight-carrying ball mount, without the WD hitch. Worked fine to control sway.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:13 AM   #6
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If you live in Michigan there is a special license endorsement for this setup. I think it is called a recreational tow endorsement. Just a written test about turning and legal lengths and such.

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