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Old 07-22-2005, 06:30 AM   #1
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The other day I saw a truck+5th toyhauler+boat trailer combination. It seems to be a safe combination, and I think it is legal. Just in front of it was a truck+TT+flatbed trailer. This combination didn't look to safe. It was pushing the truck around . Is that combo legal .
I know between Sean, Mike ,Griz, %^(code for 56...had the cap lock on ) and VR someone will have an answer .
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The other day I saw a truck+5th toyhauler+boat trailer combination. It seems to be a safe combination, and I think it is legal. Just in front of it was a truck+TT+flatbed trailer. This combination didn't look to safe. It was pushing the truck around . Is that combo legal .
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Old 07-22-2005, 07:23 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom and Patty:
The other day I saw a truck+5th toyhauler+boat trailer combination. It seems to be a safe combination, and I think it is legal. Just in front of it was a truck+TT+flatbed trailer. This combination didn't look to safe. It was pushing the truck around . Is that combo legal .
I know between Sean, Mike ,Griz, %^(code for 56...had the cap lock on ) and VR someone will have an answer . </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

In California, I believe that you need a
commercial class A license to do this. The fella
with the squirry truck+TT+flatbed trailer probably needed some anti sway bars.

When I see one of these double tows on the highway...... I wonder if they have ever screwed
up and found themselves in a place where they'd
have to back up
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I have never been real confident of any answer I've gotten on this question when researching it on the 'net over the years.

These 'facts' seem to pop up as unrefutable for Calif.:
- triples are allowed
- maximum overall combined length of 65'
- maximum length of one trailer is 40' (i've seen longer being sold though )
- brakes and chains required on first trailer
- brakes required on second if more then 3000 pounds

this 'assumption' seem to pop up a lot:
- first trailer must be a 5'r, not a tag-a-long

i've even heard:
- 2nd (last) trailer must be a boat trailer only (boat lobbyists are too strong to mess with)

I wonder if a truck pulling a loaded toyhauler might be close to running out of GCWR before worrying too much about being able to pull another trailer behind the 5'r, unless maybe its a small 5'r.

But with all these 'facts' and assumptions listed differently on so many different websites i've seen, i have always assumed that what '56 said was the crux. I wonder if CA doesn't maybe require CDL to yank that combo down the road thereby making it outside the reach of most casual weekenders anyway. But then again, i have never heard of anyone ticketed for this and threads like this always get one or two people who say they pull doubles with some amount of regularity and have never had any problems.

We need someone in Blue around here who pulls a trailer to pony up on this question

(and by the way Tom, i almost sent you an email congratulating you on a BEAUTIFUL new (old) rig, before seeing that it was "Ron and Patty in Sacramento" not "Tom and Patty in Fresno"
I thought that was a little wierd that you posted a "nice Rig!!" response to your own thread, and then i figured out the name diff ehhh... You have a nice rig too though Tom )
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In Nevada, triples are allowed whether it be a 5er or a pull trailer. There is a 70' combination length limit for both double or triple tows. Brakes are required on all trailers with a GVWR of 1500# or more.

I agree with Mike that most tow vehicles will go over the GCVWR towing triples.

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Hey Mike,

For a moment I thought it was me
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By Jove Mikey:

I think you got it! Didn't see anything that wasn't true...I've researched this myself when trying to figger out the requiements for the GVWR's that we're pulling, and that's the fact, JACK!

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