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Old 03-07-2021, 05:55 PM   #1
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Towing a 14' enclosed trailer behind a 5th wheel

I did a search for the title of this thread but could not find anything.

So let me preface this with a little background. I am getting ready to retire. My wife just passed away from complications of Covid and I'm trying to figure out....what do I do NOW. We were going to see every corner of the US.


I fly RC aircraft. I know there are a few flying sights in Quartzsite Arizona that I though would be fun to take the 5er and go play during the winter.



Now the problem is my 5er is small. 25.5 to be exact and there is no room for planes other than under the bed. So my question is who out there in RV Land has pulled a small enclosed trailer behind the their 5er. What were your experiences, pitfalls, issues and weather this is is a good idea or not. My 5er is equipped with a hitch receiver and wiring so if any one out there can share some experience so I know what to expect if I actually do this would be much appreciated.


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You have to do your due diligence on whether its legal where you want to travel and if it requires an endorsement or different class drivers license. Other than proper loading its a very good way to get everything where you want to go. I started out towing behind a 5th wheel and then went to towing behind a tt.
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Old 03-07-2021, 06:23 PM   #3
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I've seen a few with trailers aft. Most all of them were hauling a golf cart. My first thought is my 5th Wheel has a hitch but it's connected to a very thin walled bumper. Mine is more for bike racks and such.

Also, sorry to hear about your wife.
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When we had a 38' 5th wheel, the manufacturer said do not put anything or tow anything on the rear....too weak.
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I've seen a few with trailers aft. Most all of them were hauling a golf cart. My first thought is my 5th Wheel has a hitch but it's connected to a very thin walled bumper. Mine is more for bike racks and such.

Also, sorry to hear about your wife.

Thank you. it has been hard.



I did not even think about it not being strong enough. I will check that out before I do anything.


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When we had a 38' 5th wheel, the manufacturer said do not put anything or tow anything on the rear....too weak.

Thanks. I assumed since it was a receiver its to pull a trailer but I see what you mean. I have never looked at it to see what it is mounted to but I will.


thank you all for the great advise. Good starting point.


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Would you consider selling your current fiver and purchasing a toy hauler? That would give you the space you need for your aircraft plus a great work shop to fix what remains after a less than perfect landing.
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On the Jayco's Eagle HT if it's factory OEM hitch its should be rated to tow 3,000lb with a hitch rating of 300lb.
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On the Jayco's Eagle HT if it's factory OEM hitch its should be rated to tow 3,000lb with a hitch rating of 300lb.

Thanks I will check the specs on mine. 3000 is gross right? Full weight of trailer and cargo?
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Would you consider selling your current fiver and purchasing a toy hauler? That would give you the space you need for your aircraft plus a great work shop to fix what remains after a less than perfect landing.

I thought about that but I hate the thoughts of going thru the selling and buying process and yet I im not in love with the idea of pulling a tandem trailers. I even thought of buying a and converting a utility trailer with a small living area in the front.



I am just kicking around ideas in my head. Perhaps building a box that would hold a few planes that would utilize the receiver.



Lots of ideas. Thank you all for the great info and things to consider.



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We've double towed with both a TT and a 5er. Currently we tow a Jeep. You must be set up properly to tow. That means a frame mount receiver on your first trailer and braking capability on your second if it weighs more than 2000 pounds. The biggest with a trailer as you second unit is to make certain the hitch load is 10-15% of its GVW. It has to be set up to have zero sway. As far as towing is concerned it really isn't a problem. Make sure your second unit has enough hitch length to not strike the rear of your first unit in a tight turn. This is more of a problem when towing behind a fifth wheel than a bumper pull. Of course, we can't back up with a car in tow, but I got pretty good backing when the second unit was a trailer. Just have to take you time. Before I went to the trouble os setting up a double tow, I'd look at a toy hauler. The new ones Outdoors RV is making look pretty nicely set up. You would have room for your planes and a small SxS to play in the desert with. Just a thought.

FYI, Yuma also has a number of RC plane folks. Two designated airstrips that I know of. Kudos on your interest in continuing your dreams. I'm not sure I could do the same.
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I thought about that but I hate the thoughts of going thru the selling and buying process and yet I im not in love with the idea of pulling a tandem trailers. I even thought of buying a and converting a utility trailer with a small living area in the front.



I am just kicking around ideas in my head. Perhaps building a box that would hold a few planes that would utilize the receiver.



Lots of ideas. Thank you all for the great info and things to consider.



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I also am sorry to hear about your wife. I second the toy hauler idea. There are many locations that do not allow tandem trailers such as you are contemplating. A toy hauler will allow you to tow in the lower 48, Canada, AK & Mexico - assuming open borders. This will also be easier to deal with truck stops and other locations where backing it in is needed.

I get the hassle of selling & buying, but this is probably the best solution. FWIW, Fun N Sun in San Benito, TX has an RC airport as part of the park - it is electric aircraft only.
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Would you consider selling your current fiver and purchasing a toy hauler? That would give you the space you need for your aircraft plus a great work shop to fix what remains after a less than perfect landing.
Although this idea comes with its own headaches (buying and selling, per OP) it is probably the simplest and most constructive suggestion yet, IMO.

All you know for sure right now is that your plans with your late sweetheart (God rest her soul) have been blown out of the water, and flying RC is pretty much all that matters to you at this point. But hauling a 2nd trailer will limit where you can travel, mostly due to differing laws around the country, as well as space limitations. Many other options to move around are automatically eliminated.
A whole can of technical worms is opened up where it comes to hitching and securing another trailer, not to mention driving and parking it without your 2nd set of eyes is another set of skills you will need to develop.

OTH, with a larger 5er or toy hauler, you already have your skills and knowledge, and all that's required is a number of hours sparring with salesmen and learning the intricacies of your new rig. Every US state is open to you, far more new options and opportunities, as they say, the sky is the limit.
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Trailer towing laws.

Indiana requires the 2nd trailer to be a boat trailer only. That is called towing doubles.
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