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Old 01-28-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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Double Tow Prohibitions Simplified

Hi, Y'all

I just came across this image that really nicely shows the States with/without blanket prohibitions for double (sometimes called "triple") towing.

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Although the below map makes it appear that most States are anything-goes, it should be kept in mind that many States without blanket prohibitions do impose restrictions on the kind of combinations and/or total lengths allowed.

Individual States are of course the best source of that info, but here's one of many online sources that is a common beginning reference: State-by-State Towing Laws

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I am sure that I will probably ruffle some feathers here, but it my understanding that in most of the states that allow double towing. A CDL class A license is required ( which requires an up to date medical card) and proper endorsements for doubles or triples.
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Many states, including mine, don't require special licensing or endorsements for towing recreational doubles.
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Many states, including mine, don't require special licensing or endorsements for towing recreational doubles.
What state would that be?
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If you dont have a 2 vehicle combination that works for you, what must be missing is a boat. So skip the investment and rent a boat? I hire a good boat once in a while, but otherwise shore fish.

I have seen tripples with big truck, monster 5-er, trailering tiny car on trailer. So, the investment catches up....uh never?

Must be a concept that I cant understand.

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Individual States are of course the best source of that info, but here's one of many online sources that is a common beginning reference: State-by-State Towing Laws
And I guarantee you that the chart is wrong for WA and OR as far as braking requirements for motorized vehicles being towed behind another motorized vehicle. That alone makes the whole chart suspect.
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What state would that be?
Well, WA for one.
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And I guarantee you that the chart is wrong for WA and OR as far as braking requirements for motorized vehicles being towed behind another motorized vehicle. That alone makes the whole chart suspect.
Didja miss the words "beginning reference", Mr. D? Not to mention the words about individual States themselves being the best references...

I think most prudent people will check the right final sources out as suggested
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Nothing special required in Colorado-I have double towed frequently here,with 5th in the middle and with tongue trailer in the middle.No problems!
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What state would that be?
Oklahoma
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Originally Posted by JIMNLIN
Many states, including mine, don't require special licensing or endorsements for towing recreational doubles.

My reply: What state would that be?

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Well, WA for one.
Jeeze, Mr. D...........read my post again. I am asking JIMNLIN what state he is talking about.

Thanks JIMNLIN........got it.
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I believe Jimnlin is an Okie.

In addition to the restrictions on towing, most states have a max overall rig length including all towed loads.....Texas is 65'.

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Something I like to point out on those "State law" charts is sometimes the authors of the chart have serious "Tunnell Vision"

For example for many years many charts showed that Michigan had no laws governing a car in Tow needing aux brake systems (Trailer brakes basically).

Guess what.. Michigan's defination of "Trailer" fits a car in tow better than it does a TT or 5ER.

One person argued with me over the word Designed, but well, once you install the tow bar base plate, you have redesigned it and it is now designed to be towed.

Also, The law is not like the 10 commandements (Etched in stone, See foot note) It is a living thing, It changes and evolves so in many cases you do the reasearch but by the time you put it on the net.. Outdated.


Footnote: And even though they were etched in stone, there is dissessention as to which commanement is #4 (As an example) and mis-tanslation as well. (The commandement translated as Thou Shall Not Kill, for example, was not intended that way, The correct translation is Thou Shall Not MURDER, big difference if the idiot is shooting at you or the "Victim" is Dolly the sheep.)
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