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Old 01-30-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Jeep behind travel trailer

Anybody pulling their jeep (4 down) behind their travel trailer? I'm seeing it done with 5th wheels. I'm not over length and will not have any tongue weight on the rear of the trailer. What do you guys think?
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Anybody pulling their jeep (4 down) behind their travel trailer? I'm seeing it done with 5th wheels. I'm not over length and will not have any tongue weight on the rear of the trailer. What do you guys think?
There isn't going to be substantial enough framing on the back of a travel trailer that will support a 3000 to 4000 draw on a tow bar as you tow your jeep 4 down. In my experience travel trailers were not constructed with the idea that it would have to tow anything. Be cautious. A TT is not a fifth wheel.
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In addition to the weight and strength issues for the frame, some states allow double towing and some do not. Some states are very explicit the the first hitch has to be a 5th wheel hitch and some dictate the last tow has to be a boat on a trailer.

In addition, if yuo are legal in your home state, you still have to follow the laws for towing in all of the states that you will travel through.

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CaliTaxia will deduct a lot of bux from your wallet if you try that there.
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Not legal in most states I believe, although a vehicle behind a fifth wheel is. A fifth wheel is not considered a trailer, but a vehicle under the law. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.......
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Check Towing Laws by STate or On-line Towing Guide for rules for your state (and any state you plan to travel in).
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:35 PM   #7
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I've double towed also with a couple of different 5th wheel trailer pulling boats to the lakes.
A TT frame from the suspension aft is no different structure wise than a 5th wheel frame when both trailers have a like GVWR. The first 5th wheel trailer I double towed with had a lightweight frame. I had a custom metal fab shop weld in a hitch and reinforce the trailers main frame rails with cross bracing. They tied it altogether and had no issues for over 8 years pulling a 3500 lb bass boat all over TX/OK/CO/KS/AR/MO and NM.

In regards to a 5th wheel trailer vs vehicle. Some states may register or tag a trailer as a vehicle but in legal DOT/NHTSA terms a GN or 5th wheel trailer is called a semi trailer.
Per Oklahoma length/width and height laws says :
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a. one truck and semitrailer or truck-tractor/semitrailer combination may tow one complete trailer or semitrailer, or

b. vans, suburbans, blazers or other similar types of vehicles and self-propelled recreational vehicles with a three-quarter (3/4) ton or more rated capacity, may tow a semitrailer and one complete trailer or semitrailer for recreational purposes only, provided the overall length, inclusive of the front and rear bumpers, does not exceed sixty-five (65) feet."

This from fed regs (just as a reference) which referes to a 5th wheel trailer a semi trailer :
"Truck-tractor Semitrailer-Semitrailer. In a truck-tractor semitrailer-semitrailer combination vehicle, the two trailing units are connected with a “B-train” assembly. The B-train assembly is a rigid frame extension attached to the rear frame of a first semitrailer which allows for a fifth wheel connection point for the second semitrailer. This combination has one less articulation point than the conventional “A dolly” connected truck-tractor semitrailer-trailer combination"

We see lots of TT doubles in the summer pulling boats and in the fall and early winter pulling the old full size 4x4 Broncos and even 4x4 pickups going to to CO/NM during hunting season.

See a quilified weld shop that has expertise with semi trailer repair or other large vehicles. They can R&R your TTs frame and give you the skinny on what may or may not be required to pull your particular Jeep. Check your states laws for towing doubles with a TT.
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I looked into this in Colorado and a State Patrol guy checked it on his computer and said I could pull as many things as I like as long as they were less than 70 feet. But after consulting smarter guys than me I came of the opinion it wasn't a good idea. IMHO it's a bit like asking if trading in commodities is a good idea. If you need to ask, it isn't.
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Got a question?

What wrong with the TV that makes you have to tow a Jeep behind the TT?
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Got a question?

What wrong with the TV
that makes you have to tow a Jeep behind the TT?
Don't know about him, but I have a similar desire to tow my two ATVs behind the trailer. Won't do it, though. Off roading in most TVs is not a good plan.
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Ummm... I'm going to be loading my ATV in the bed of the truck and towing the TT behind... If I was going to have 2 ATV's I would get a ATV bed for the top of the truck bed and just load 2 in the bed of the truck.

Still agree bad idea to tow doubles... I know some states allow it but...
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Sorry guys haven't replied before now. There is nothing wrong with TV just dont like off roading it. Enjoy the jeep better for the family. The wife doesn't enjoy tagging along behind in the jeep. Just trying to think of a way to take it along with us.
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Although it's not the same I've often pulled two 16' utility trailers behind my truck and I usually encounter an exaggerated whip effect on the rear trailer which would likely be greater with longer tows.
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Ummm... I'm going to be loading my ATV in the bed of the truck and towing the TT behind... If I was going to have 2 ATV's I would get a ATV bed for the top of the truck bed and just load 2 in the bed of the truck.

Still agree bad idea to tow doubles... I know some states allow it but...
I'm trying to decide which brand of carrier to buy. I like the Diamondback looks but prefer one that sits inside the bed.
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