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Old 08-16-2016, 12:10 PM   #15
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The devices in #2 and #3 (above) are interesting. I talked with a guy in KY who had one attached to the back of his MH. The two wheels were free-castering with no brakes, and the entire assembly was solidly attached to the MH or 5er with no pivot point. It is NOT considered a trailer, so you can back it easily and tow a trailer behind it.


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my only concern with a attachment like that with such small wheels, you have 22 in rv tires and 8? 10? 12? maybe 13 in tires trying to keep up... seems like a few spares are in order. Also the upper bearings are single or dual? shaking all the time... I toyed with a similar idea for a smart car... the car is 6-10 in to long....
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:52 PM   #17
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The devices in #2 and #3 (above) are interesting. I talked with a guy in KY who had one attached to the back of his MH. The two wheels were free-castering with no brakes, and the entire assembly was solidly attached to the MH or 5er with no pivot point. It is NOT considered a trailer, so you can back it easily and tow a trailer behind it.


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I saw a guy get hung up on a high curb with one of those platforms on the back of his coach.

The tail swing is pretty scary.
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Also figured that if I got harassed or knew we would be going through a state that may stop us we could break the truck tow and chase the coach pulling the golf cart trailer...
Any other thoughts?
I know of one person with a 36' motor home towing a Jeep with a trailer behind that who was stopped by Kansas Highway Patrol. Cost him $500 and they made him unhook one or the other. His wife had to drive the Jeep the rest of the way into Colorado. BTW, he was from Texas also.
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:50 AM   #19
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In most jurisdictions the requirement for double towing is the first hitch must be a 5 wheel connection. CA has a law that says the hitches must be of sufficient strength to support the tow.

My question is how much do you want to risk ruining your day or your vacation by running on the edge and the possibility of encountering the one officer who will take the time to write you up?

You may spend a few more dollars to comply with the regulations but the comfort/confidence level is priceless.
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I like the overbilt set up posted, that would be great for me as a tow dolly and able to fit a golf cart and on top use for my Kayaks, not much added tongue weight or overall tow weight, with my tow vehicle, to stay under 4K max
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You have to abide by the towing length and double tow rules for each state you travel through. Texas has a max length of 65' and some places, like west of Houston, expect to get stopped.

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Is anyone double towing behind a 45' coach? I tow a 2015 Ford F150 with a Goldwing in the bed and would like to have a golf cart (we full time).
I figured the easiest way would be just to get an 8' trailer and pull behind the truck but that would put me somewhere around 75' or so I think. Also figured that if I got harassed or knew we would be going through a state that may stop us we could break the truck tow and chase the coach pulling the golf cart trailer...
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Sounds like a plan!

However if you tow a trailer with your Ford F150 with your Goldwing in the bed and your golf cart on the same trailer you would be "single towing".... (which is legal everywhere).
(If you put the Goldwing crossways on the trailer and the golf cart in the bed of the pickup you might be able to use a shorter trailer)

However I personally have never been "hassled" anywhere regardless of my overall length.
(But if you are not comfortable taking a chance you could always tow the trailer with the pick up when you want to go through a state where you're over the "legal" length).

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I've seen a few of these triple-tows going down the road from time to time, and my gut tells me it's not safe--particularly with non-commercial drivers (the huge majority of us). I've also read a number of posts just like this one, and they all sound exactly the same.

While there may be ways to get away with doing this, and avoiding a ticket, I'm always scratching my head and wondering why people aren't concerned about the SAFETY as much as they are worried about avoiding a citation?

By and large, the laws that we are subject to abide by on the highways were created for our safety and the safety of those who are driving around us. I'm no saint myself, but whenever I consider breaking or "bending" them, my first thoughts are about safety, and not whether or not I can get away with it.

My personal bottom line is that this isn't a safe way to get three vehicles/trailers down the road. It's especially dangerous if the driver is not a trained professional. I don't really care if it's legal or not.

I suppose there's no law on the books that says we can't drive our RV with a full grown llama sitting in our lap, but I wouldn't do that either.
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While there may be ways to get away with doing this, and avoiding a ticket, I'm always scratching my head and wondering why people aren't concerned about the SAFETY as much as they are worried about avoiding a citation?

Why do we assume the OP is not concerned with safety, is not experienced or trained to do what he's planning?

I guess I'm just na´ve enough to believe if he didn't ask about the safety aspect of what he's contemplating, he's already ahead of us on that part.

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I've seen a few of these triple-tows going down the road from time to time, and my gut tells me it's not safe--particularly with non-commercial drivers (the huge majority of us). I've also read a number of posts just like this one, and they all sound exactly the same.

While there may be ways to get away with doing this, and avoiding a ticket, I'm always scratching my head and wondering why people aren't concerned about the SAFETY as much as they are worried about avoiding a citation?

By and large, the laws that we are subject to abide by on the highways were created for our safety and the safety of those who are driving around us. I'm no saint myself, but whenever I consider breaking or "bending" them, my first thoughts are about safety, and not whether or not I can get away with it.
IMO a total overall length that is over the limit is much safer and less likely to draw the attention of the authorities than a triple tow.
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In most jurisdictions the requirement for double towing is the first hitch must be a 5 wheel connection. CA has a law that says the hitches must be of sufficient strength to support the tow.

My question is how much do you want to risk ruining your day or your vacation by running on the edge and the possibility of encountering the one officer who will take the time to write you up?

You may spend a few more dollars to comply with the regulations but the comfort/confidence level is priceless.

Correct me if I'm wrong, that applies to pickup truck towing, where the bumper pull capacity is well below that of the average DP MH.

A get my info on this from the federal high way safety standards booklet.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, that applies to pickup truck towing, where the bumper pull capacity is well below that of the average DP MH.

A get my info on this from the federal high way safety standards booklet.

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Cannot correct you. Do you have a publication number for the booklet you would care to share.

All I read was when more than one trailer was being towed the first connection had to be a 5 wheel. I have read the CA regulations where they clearly state each hitch must be of sufficient capacity to tow the weight attached.

As far as it applying only to pickups what I read did not state any particular target group or exclusions. There are numerous DP out there with 5,000 lb hitches the same as my 150 pickup (with tow package). My other pickup (450) has a 15.000 lb hitch installed and I regularly tow a 15,000 lb trailer.
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IMO a total overall length that is over the limit is much safer and less likely to draw the attention of the authorities than a triple tow.

I agree,

Didn't mind it as a trucker but,
I don't like pulling doubles behind the coach, It's just too much of a large sign that says (look at me). And as the Blu ox tow bar is rated high enough to do it safely, I'm not sure I really trust it as much as I would a custom made heavy duty bar.

When I find the need to pull double, I do it at night, so not to attract so much attention.

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