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Old 03-28-2013, 10:27 AM   #15
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Welcome to the forum!

Every once in a while I see someone towing a fiver with a 'small' boat being towed behind it. It's an extremely rare sight. It's a lot more common to see small fishing boats on the roof of the tow vehicle or on a rack on the rear of the trailer/ fifth wheel. I've even seen some on the roof of trailers.

By fishing boat what do you mean? A 12 foot aluminum hull that might weigh almost nothing or a big one with all the comforts of home?

So many variables.
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Irene, JohnRR, and John H. Thanks for the welcome.

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Every once in a while I see someone towing a fiver with a 'small' boat being towed behind it. It's an extremely rare sight. It's a lot more common to see small fishing boats on the roof of the tow vehicle or on a rack on the rear of the trailer/ fifth wheel. I've even seen some on the roof of trailers.

By fishing boat what do you mean? A 12 foot aluminum hull that might weigh almost nothing or a big one with all the comforts of home?

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Hello Muddypaws, Thanks for the welcome. We have a 15 foot Klamath aluminum fishing boat with a 30hp Mercury. I'll try to figure out how to attach a picture and post it.

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Hello Montana4two(Paul & Lorraine), thanks for the welcome. I am finding lots of threads that pertain to some of the questions I have. This is a great website.
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On the Roof Rack?

Probably not going to put you over your weight limit., but I think there might be a length limit in California. If you can decipher what the DMV says on their website....... 45' Motorhomes

Seems to be 40 or 45 feet, with exceptions and limitations every which way. Good luck!

Ever though of an inflatible or a foldboat?
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Rich, welcome to a great site, jump in anytime. Looks like you have the perfect vehicle for a nice slide in camper, great for those week-end get aways. JMHO, good luck,
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Rich, welcome to a great site, jump in anytime. Looks like you have the perfect vehicle for a nice slide in camper, great for those week-end get aways. JMHO, good luck,
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Hello David, thanks for the welcome. There are some really nice slide in campers, but not enough room for the kids and grandkids.

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Probably not going to put you over your weight limit., but I think there might be a length limit in California. If you can decipher what the DMV says on their website....... 45' Motorhomes

Seems to be 40 or 45 feet, with exceptions and limitations every which way. Good luck!
DMV commercial book was a little confusing about pulling doulbes, so, I emailed CHP Commercial Division and asked about length limit. Commercial Officer Supervisor emailed me back and said the total length of my intended setup cannot exceed 65'. My truck is 22' bumper to bumper (18' from front bumper to rear axle). My boat with trailer is 19'. So, the max 5er that we are legally allowed to get would be 28'. I believe that we could find a very nice 28' 5er. We're looking.
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We have an inflatable raft(maybe a 4 man raft) that we tow the kids around the lake.
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Fifth Wheel Length

Since part of the fifth wheel hangs over the bed of the truck you can probbably get a bigger fifth wheel.

We previously had a Montana 2995. it was actually 32 feet long, but nearly 4 feet was over the truck bed so it only added 28 feet to our total length. Right in your range.

It think it weighed 8,800# dry and 10,400 fully loaded to capacity.

Wish I could put a boat behind our toad.
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Welcome to the forum. We're glad you found us. You're from my old neck of the woods.

When you mention you want to tow both a trailer and the boat... are you speaking of doing that at separate times? I don't believe California allows triple towing.

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Welcome neighbor. YC1 here., Yuba City that is. Maximum length in Kalifornia is 65 feet. My FIL towed a TT and a boat. It was not a 5th wheel so you may be just fine if you already have a TT.
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Welcome neighbor. YC1 here., Yuba City that is. Maximum length in Kalifornia is 65 feet. My FIL towed a TT and a boat. It was not a 5th wheel so you may be just fine if you already have a TT.
Hello YC1(neighbor), your FIL towed a bumper-pull TT and boat here in California? How many years of doing that? I'm under the impression towing 2 bumper pulls is illegal in California.
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you may be just fine if you already have a TT.
My TT is a little worn out. It has spent a number of years on the coast in Fort Bragg. I don't think I'd trust it to be stout enough to add a hitch to the back of it. Don't think I'll be spending the effort to make it so.


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Since part of the fifth wheel hangs over the bed of the truck you can probbably get a bigger fifth wheel.

We previously had a Montana 2995. it was actually 32 feet long, but nearly 4 feet was over the truck bed so it only added 28 feet to our total length. Right in your range.

It think it weighed 8,800# dry and 10,400 fully loaded to capacity.
I did calculate the distance from the rear axle to rear bumper. If I measured from the rear bumper instead of the rear axle, I would only be allowed a 24' 5er. As long as the 24' 5er fits the family needs, I won't be counting it out.

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Wish I could put a boat behind our toad.
I was fortunate enough to acquire the proper license (through work) to be able to explore this opportunity.
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