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Old 08-08-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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Puzzled by 5th wheels pulling trailers

I went to Myrtle Beach last week and saw several 5th wheel rigs pulling a trailer with golf carts or two harleys. Looked pretty long and reminded me of the big semis pulling double trailers. Also saw 1 travel trailer with a dolly contraption attached to rear bumper and 2 wheels on back with 2 Harleys. I question if this is legal?
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:09 PM   #2
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I have see similar in other states and also wondered. I'm don't think its legal in California where I am.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
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Topic comes up occasionally. Apparently legal in a few states and people often get away with it in other states as well. I have photos of quite a few.

Only for fivers though as far as I know.
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Trailer, behind a 5er, ok in Alberta, not in B.C. Signage at the borders.
Never considered towing that way so I never bothered researching it.
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Hauling two trailers, or triple towing, is allowed in AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, WI AND WY.
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In addition to the states that allow double towing, many have overall length restrictions. Texas the maximum overall length is 65'. Some states will require a special endorsement on your license to double tow.

And when double towing, you cannot double tow in states that it is not legal. They accept your drivers license, but you have to obey all of their road restrictions, weight, length and speed limits while in their state.

It seems to me that lots of people feel that they have to have all of their toys with them at all times.

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Mrfoto, they were probably headed to the seaside RV parks at Myrtle Beach. We got the impression all folks there did was run around the park streets in their golf carts. Ocean Lakes RV park even rents golf carts_for $50/day they are in such demand.

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Hauling two trailers, or triple towing, is allowed in AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, WI AND WY.
That is doubles-towing NOT triple towing according to the trucking industry. Otherwise, what is the third thing being towed?
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It seems to me that lots of people feel that they have to have all of their toys with them at all times.

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Yep.

Last year near Charleston, Peterbuilt truck with the biggest, longest 5-er/toy hauler known to man towing a trailer with a SmartCar on it.

Took him 3 circle-tours thru camp the next morning to be able to find a way out without scrubbing trees, then pulling out in front of a semi that had to lock-em-up and skid the trailer sideways in a huge cloud of hot-blue, flat-sided tire near wipe-out. And the monster double tow never saw a thing!

The SmartCar must be for when they go "minimal".
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When we had a 40 ft 5er I towed a trailer from NC to FL many times. Not legal in any of those states. Yelp, I want as much as I can take with me, inc the MC. Never got a second look from troopers or dot.

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I could understand a row boat on a small trailer (maybe 3-500lbs total) being pulled by a 5'er, but some of the stuff I've witnessed being pulled like this looks just like a train wreck looking for a place to happen? (kinda like a class C pulling a larger TT!)

I see length issues as well as over max tow vehicle load issues in play all the time....
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That is doubles-towing NOT triple towing according to the trucking industry. Otherwise, what is the third thing being towed?
I figured someone would take exception to the use of the term "triple tow" but that is how it is described in some circles including the RV oriented source I used. Never been a trucker so i wouldn't know what terms they use. Where triple tow comes from, who knows. Maybe 1 tractor + 2 trailers = 3. But if it does mean three trailers then I guess 2 would be ok.
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When we had a 40 ft 5er I towed a trailer from NC to FL many times. Not legal in any of those states. Yelp, I want as much as I can take with me, inc the MC. Never got a second look from troopers or dot.
OP,

There you have it from a man who has done it. I guess you pay your money, take your chances and don't be surprised if you get pulled over, ticketed and forced to drop the 2nd trailer at a weigh station.

The terminology I've heard from the trucking industry is "pulling doubles" for towing 2 trailers. The rig doing it is also known as a "wiggle wagon" for obvious reasons if you've driven behind one.

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Have seen it too...

Many occasions I have seen 5'ers towing trailer, boat or golfcart usually. Always amazed that I usually see them passing me on the interstate!! I run 60-62 pulling toad, and these yahoo's blow by me at 70 - 75.

Thing going through my mind is that I have read that all ST (trailer service) tires are rated for 65 MPH max.
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Somewhere on this forum was a video of a motorhome, pulling a Jeep, that was towing a popup camper.

Second bedroom I suppose.
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