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Old 01-29-2016, 07:18 AM   #1
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Towing a dolly behind a 5th wheel.

I'm thinking about building a dolly to tow behind my 5th wheel. Will be designed to haul a Polaris Ranger. This will attach with two bulldog hitches. One on each side of the trailer. There is no pivet point. Therefore, it will kick out in turns. Anyone have any experience with towing one? Turning corners is my main consern. Here is a photo of one. http://axlesandmorebyjoellc.com/Axle...g_Options.html
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Actually the pivot point would be the castors on the wheels you linked to. The issues you might have are:
Length, be sure you are within your state's limits.
Double towing, only some states allow double towing, not sure about the definition of trailer when it's as you've described.
Strength, be sure the frame is strong enough at the 5th wheel trailer end. When the tow vehicle hits a bump or dip, that movement will transfer to the trailer with added movement and energy due to leverage factor. Also the dolly will have to deal with the suspension movement of the 5th wheel.
Weight, you didn't specify what model of Polaris Ranger you want to tow, but they weigh from 1,000 to 1400 lbs, dry weight.

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BFlinn181, these are all good points you mention. Thanks for taking time to respond.
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A friend of mine has a 2 point trailer attached to the back of his 5th wheel. He hauls his Smart Car on it. We ran a swing out experiment on it. We parked between parking lot lines and watched the back end. The rear of the 5th wheel only went over the lines a half foot or so. The rear of the trailer swung over the adjacent parking space lines...about 8-9 feet away. He mounted multiple cameras on the rear of the 5th wheel to keep an eye on the tail swing!
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Rockwood27, That's exactly what I was afraid of. Do you remember the length of his trailer?
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He has a Ford F350 CC long bed, about a 40 foot Excel Winslow 5th wheel and the trailer is about 10 feet overall.
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Thanks Rockwood27. My situation is almost identical. I think I would rather just pull a trailer in tandum. Thanks again for you help.
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Thanks Rockwood27. My situation is almost identical. I think I would rather just pull a trailer in tandum. Thanks again for you help.
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That's called 'triple tow' and is legal in most western states, illegal in eastern states. Check these links:

https://rv-roadtrips.thefuntimesguid...ple_towing.php

Towing World Official Website
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probably a triple trailer would work best from what I've seen. best real world advise is that triples and anything like that are really not safe in the long run. Dave
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