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Old 10-12-2011, 09:34 PM   #15
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Matusky, let us know how things work out after the accident.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:35 PM   #16
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Why if you have a tow vehicle would you want to tow another?
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:41 PM   #17
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If you "accidentally" run a red light (illegal act) resulting in a crash, are you covered by your insurance?
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I should have said "deliberate, planned, and executed" illegal act.

If I chose to simply disregard red lights as inconvenient to my getting from point "A" to point"B" and ran through them all as a matter of course, my insurance would certainly be void.

Hope this clears it up...

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re insurance illegal applies to felonies..ie robbing a bank and using car/truck for get away veh..not misdemeanors..deliberate acts are usually excluded so don't run your neighbor over on purpose..
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It's called triple towing. It is legal in only a few States. Even if it is legal in the State your are licensed, it does not make it legal in any State you travel through. Aside from the fact that the braking, lighting and legal issues are going to be complicated your tow vehicle is going to have to be some mighty vehicle! Get in an accident? I promise that you will be found to have been at fault even when the other guy ran a red light and hit you broadside!
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It's called triple towing. It is legal in only a few States. Even if it is legal in the State your are licensed, it does not make it legal in any State you travel through. Aside from the fact that the braking, lighting and legal issues are going to be complicated your tow vehicle is going to have to be some mighty vehicle! Get in an accident? I promise that you will be found to have been at fault even when the other guy ran a red light and hit you broadside!
Bill that is towing doubles, not triples. Towing two trailers/units is doubles. One does not count the tow vehicle as being towed. For some reason unknown to most of us, some camping forums say triples when towing two trailers. Look at your state DOT's definition of towing doubles. Mine, Indiana, states towing double is legal if the second trailer is a boat trailer, and the first trailer is a 5th wheel trailer.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:26 AM   #21
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If I decided to do this, which I seriously doubt, the dolly would have brakes, either electric or surge.

Thanks for all the posts. I knew I would get some good information here to consider.

We are going south (first time snowbirds) for 4 months. A subcompact would come in handy and much less costly to operate.
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Bill that is towing doubles, not triples. Towing two trailers/units is doubles. One does not count the tow vehicle as being towed. For some reason unknown to most of us, some camping forums say triples when towing two trailers. Look at your state DOT's definition of towing doubles. Mine, Indiana, states towing double is legal if the second trailer is a boat trailer, and the first trailer is a 5th wheel trailer.
As if we're not confused enough!
"Triple tow" most commonly means three distinct, linked units, one of which is doing the towing.
For a good example of that usage/meaning see the State-by- State rules listed at http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm.

There's no mention there of "double-towing"...Indiana's on the list as a "triple-tow-yes" State.

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As a former commercial unit supervisor with the CHP, in "DOT" lingo, double towing means two vehicles being towed and does not include the towing vehicle.

It does not take a DOT officer to look up the maximum length allowed and to then read a tape measure.

If you are towing an illegal combination of vehicles and somebody runs a red light you will NOT be found at fault for the accident but still might be cited for being an illegal combination, driving out of class, too long, etc.
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Thank you for the definition OldChief. I have two cousins who are Indiana state policemen and both say as you.
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As a former commercial unit supervisor with the CHP, in "DOT" lingo, double towing means two vehicles being towed and does not include the towing vehicle.
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Thank you for the definition OldChief. I have two cousins who are Indiana state policemen and both say as you.
Well, I guess that settles that!

Let's follow it through to its logical conclusion, though-just to make sure we've got the whole thing straight!
So when the page at http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm uses the term "triple tow", it means anything towing THREE whatevers.

Right so far?

And since "double towing" isn't mentioned/restricted at all, it's legal in all fifty States!

I think we've got it now...

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As old chief says tripple towing out here in the real world is pulling three trailers. Regulations for doing so may read truck-truck tractor/semi trailer/trailer/trailer = three trailers or tripples.

A two vehicle combination is a single trailer.

The towing world clicky is for a three vehicle combination = two trailers combined with a truck or a double tow combination.

Double tow regulation may read same as the tripple tow with the third trailer missing.

Snow birds are migrating now in big numbers. I'm on I-44 in NE OK and see lots of toads of all sizes behind trailers of all sizes pulled by trucks of all sizes.

I double towed for eight years with a 9200 lb 5er and a 3500 lb boat. Insurance company says the only requirement is the truck and trailer are to be legally insured and both vehicles legally registered.

If your not confidant in your ability to double tow then I wouldn't recommend doing it.
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