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Old 03-25-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Towing Toad and small boat behind Motor Home

Anyone have first hand experience? I understand many of you have an opinion, I am looking for users with experience please. I have only seen one example of this on the road.
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Howdy and welcome to the forum! Do you mean towing them in a chain, or perhaps carrying the small boat on top of your toad? You will need to be cognizant of the different state laws in regard to "double towing", but besides that the main considerations will be weight limits and getting the wiring set up correctly.
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NO towing them in succession. Toad on tow bar, boat on Toads hitch all wheels down.
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Well, after looking around I found a guide which others may find helpful. Has each states laws listed.

http://www.readybrake.com/state_laws.html
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3 tow

I have pulled my toad with 21 foot boat several times, also towed toad and motorcycle behind the toad. Never ever had a problem. Even backed them all up a little to get into different spots. Not a big deal at all. Never been stopped by police either and looked like a parade going down the road. 43' Rv, Honda accord, 21'boat. my two cents
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Each state has specific rules about double towing. The state rules for the state in which you are traveling applies to your rig. The local jurisdiction will accept your license in your home state, but you abide by the local laws for use of the road.

Most states also have a maximum rig length which will effect your driving legality.

Oh, just because you have seem someone else towing illegally, does not make it correct for you. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.


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Each state has specific rules about double towing. The state rules for the state in which you are traveling applies to your rig. The local jurisdiction will accept your license in your home state, but you abide by the local laws for use of the road.

Most states also have a maximum rig length which will effect your driving legality.

Oh, just because you have seem someone else towing illegally, does not make it correct for you. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.


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One of my relatives triple tows (the correct terminology) all over the country. He's cognizant of the prohibition in many states and has been stopped often. He's never gotten a ticket though. He just pleads ignorance, gets a warning, unhooks the toad and continues on with his wife driving the toad / boat combo and him in the motor home. Once they put some miles between them and the point they got stopped, he just hooks it all back up and keeps going. A real rebel this guy but it seems to work for him.
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In some states like Wisconsin you need an endorsement on your driver’s license to triple tow. Even there are severe restrictions.
1. It isn't allowed with a motorhome.
2. The first towed vehicle has to be attached to the towing vehicle by a 5th wheel hitch.
3. The second towed vehicle can be attached to the first towed vehicle by a standard ball or pin type hitch.
4. All the towed vehicles need to have brakes and a breakaway system
5. The total length of the combination cannot exceed 65'
6. Triple towing is only allowed on interstate highways and "selected" 4 lane divided highways (I've yet to have someone explain to me what a "selected" highway is).
7. The combination must be disassembled within 2 miles of exiting an Interstate Highway.
8. The combination is NOT exempt from stopping at state weigh stations and inspection stations.

These are probably some of the reasons you see very few triple tow combinations on the road. I've seen a few at the weigh stations and some have been forced to disconnect. With the state of the economy today I doubt many of the Highway Patrol Officers are going to give you a "pass" just because you plead ignorance. The last person I know that tried pleading ignorance ended up with a hefty fine and a lecture about whose responsibility it was to know and follow the state laws.
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One of my relatives triple tows (the correct terminology) all over the country. He's cognizant of the prohibition in many states and has been stopped often. He's never gotten a ticket though. He just pleads ignorance, gets a warning, unhooks the toad and continues on with his wife driving the toad / boat combo and him in the motor home. Once they put some miles between them and the point they got stopped, he just hooks it all back up and keeps going. A real rebel this guy but it seems to work for him.
I hold anyone that knowingly breaks the law in very low regard. it will catch up with hims one day and hopefully he manages not to hurt any innocent people along the way.

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Well, after looking around I found a guide which others may find helpful. Has each states laws listed.

State Towing Laws for RVs
Great info! Thanks!

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