Originally Posted by Hitchhiker
I can't help but wonder if the cop parked behind the rig (photo on right) is writing the guy a ticket for his double tow? It looks as if he has been pulled over for something.
He's a Washington Stater, and without the proper endorsements it is illegal to tow Doubles in WA.
As I live here, I did some research, in order to tow doubles in this state, several things have to happen,
1: you MUST obtain a CDL, (with Physical)
2: Your CDL Must have Tandems Endorsement
3: You Must not be over 75' Total length
4: Your 2nd towable must be hitched via 5th wheel, (no reciever to hitch direct)
5: The second trailer must have independent brakes. (as most do)
6: You can only Travel certain sections of the Freeways at pre described time frames.
When I researched this a couple of years ago... 2006 or 07 time frame the cost for all of this was around 250.00 for fees, and licenses. There was only one outfit that I was aware of that made a 5th wheel hitch that met the DOT's requirements, and was around 1800.00.
To clarify, the 5th wheel hitch I refer to is not the one for your fifth wheel trailer , but for your boat, car, bike.... something similar to "hitchbuddy" that has an independent braking system, and will carry the weight of the tongue. In short this state does not make it financially feesable for an Avg Joe to tow doubles.