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Old 07-11-2010, 06:22 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Hitchhiker View Post
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.

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Old 07-11-2010, 08:09 PM   #16
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Here in Fallon Nevada I see 5er double towing all the time heading for Lake Lahontan, Sand Mountain, or Top Gun Raceway, with either 5er - boat, 5er - trailer with ATV/sand rail or 5er - trailer with race car. There are also triple trailer hay trucks, and UPS and some other Trucking companies also haul triples.

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Old 07-29-2010, 11:27 AM   #17
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The series of pictures below are of a Texas tagged rig and were taken going east on I-40 just after leaving Amarillo. It took us a long time to catch them as they were going 62 MPH and my cruise was set on 64 MPH.

When in ND or SD in the summertime we have seen lots of RV trailers with fishing boats in tow so it must be legal in that neck of the woods also.


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Old 07-29-2010, 11:32 AM   #18
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I could legally, after leaving Washington State drive Through most of the Western, and Mid West US with a second unit behind my 5th wheel. with out all the "ADD" ons required by my state.

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