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Old 03-31-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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Does Anyone Else Find This Dangerous

Okay today I was northbound I-30 in southern Arkansas when I see a southbound 35-38 foot class A towing a small pickup truck which was towing a fishing boat. Yep one RV two toads (okay second toad was for the water).

Is this even legal? I worry about my toad going around corners how far out of the lane would the boat track?

Sorry don't have more info as we were both doing about 60 mph in opposite directions. I did notice that the boat trailer appeared to be connected to the tow hitch of the pickup I did not see how the pickup was connected to the RV. I am guessing both toads had safety cables and working brake lights.

Just wondering if this is crazy or something that not that uncommon.
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Some interesting reading: Triple Towing: What You Need To Know Before You Pull 2 Trailers Behind A Car, Truck, Or RV - The Fun Times Guide to RVing
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Many states allow triple towing.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:31 AM   #4
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Wow as that saying goes you learn something new every day. Thanks to both UFO Pilot and Doggy Daddy for the super quick answers to my question. I read both of your links and I guess here in Arkansas this is a common practice. Not something I am going to try just doesn't look very safe to me.

Love this forum you always get quick answers to almost any question.
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My father in law was a lifetime truck driver and had no issues towing two things. California allows it with the proper license.
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I thought is was illegal in CA and have never seen it being done here. I have seen it in many other states.
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I thought is was illegal in CA and have never seen it being done here. I have seen it in many other states.
It is odd as that link you posted does list California as one of the states that it is legal.

However, we were having an around-the-camp fire discussion on this once and this is the distinction as I understand it: A motorhome (or what California calls a "house car") can NOT tow two trailers but a pickup truck can.

Passenger cars are not allowed to tow two trailers and a "house car" is actually considered a passenger car by law. A pickup truck is considered a "motortruck" by law and CAN tow two trailers.

Of course, the length restriction of 75' applies but the big "AND" is that a Class A license is required of a California resident to tow two trailers. An out of state resident can tow two trailers if they are legal to do so and meet their base state requirements but must have a valid DOT medical card/certificate.

So, the what we surmised is that a California resident with a pickup or a "motortruck" can tow, say, a fifth-wheel trailer with another trailer attached if it's under 75' or they could double tow any combination of a boat trailer, small cargo trailer, TT, etc. as long as the combination does not exceed 75' ...AND, they have a Class A license. Towing a trailer (single trailer) heavier than 10,000 GVWR also needs a Class A license. And the way we understand it, in California, the only Class A license is a CDL (is that correct?, California residents please confirm).

However, a motorhome (or "house car") can't double tow at all (according to VEHICLE CODE SECTION 21700-21721).

It's explained here and appropriate links to the applicable Vehicle Code Sections are given: click here

Do I have all that correct?


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Great answers here, thanks. I had a friend who wound up in "Arizona with a fifth wheel and a small trailer. He wanted to get everything "home" to Michigan. I suggested three tow, he checked and he could tow legally in every state between. It was possible.

He changed his mind fearing the what if's but nothing wrong with it if, it's legal, you have the correct set up, braking and weight correct.
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Most people call it triple towing, but I call it double towing since you're towing 2 things.

Some states allow double towing, but most require that the first tow be a 5th wheel. There is too much possibility of fish-tailing with anything but a 5th wheel as the first tow.
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