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Old 08-02-2020, 08:50 AM   #1
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Towing Dinghy and Motorcycle

i have a class A and was wondering what the regulations are for towing a dinghy plus a motorcycle trailer behind the dinghy
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Can't do it in California. What state you in?
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You have to meet the towing regulations in each state you tow through.

What kind of motorhome do you have? If a diesel pusher, you might be able to get a motorcycle lift for the back of the motorhome and they can have a hitch to tow a trailer or a dinghy.

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Some states it's legal in, some it's not. Not legal in WA.
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Pulled this configuration from Michigan to AZ last fall, and return trip this spring. 40' CC DP with Cat C9, 10,000 pound hitch, adequate GCWR) towing 2012 Ford Edge (4800 pounds) and a 7X12 Cargo trailer with our 2012 BMW K1200LT/Hannigan Trike conversion. Plus our golf clubs and other misc. Trailer, loaded, was around 3000 pounds.

Take no shortcuts or improvisations on the towing setup, including lights and brakes. You want the entire setup to be "by the book."

Yes, check the laws in every state you plan to go through. The laws vary. Also look at overall length restrictions. We were right at 70'.

From a practical and logistic standpoint, it wasn't difficult. Just have to think ahead and plan every stop, and be extra on-the-ball with every merge and lane change.

We had the capability to split our rig and tow the trailer either with the car or directly behind the coach if necessary. Only did that once, at a campground that couldn't accommodate our combined length.

We towed through some major metro areas, albeit using the bypasses whenever possible, including Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Memphis, El Paso, etc. No issues.

Nice bonus is having the trailer available as a garage for the cycle when you reach your destination.
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Originally Posted by ventura38 View Post
i have a class A and was wondering what the regulations are for towing a dinghy plus a motorcycle trailer behind the dinghy
You don't say what make/model/year/chassis/engine/trans etc. of a motorhome you either have or are intending on purchasing. You don't say what make/model/etc. of dingy you might be wanting to take along. As far as a motorcycle, that too covers a wide range of size and weight.

We've done it all just about. We started with a gas coach and an enclosed trailer to haul our Honda Goldwing. But, while the weather cooperated with us on that particular trip, we're fair weather riders and, having a dingy is a must for us, as well as the motorcycle.

So, we changed to a diesel pusher, the coach we have now. It's an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the CAT C-7 330HP and Allison MH3000 6-spd trans. I purchased and installed a Hydralift on the back of it to carry our 900 lb. Goldwing. Contrary to some who thought the back of the motorhome was gonna fall off if I put that much weight back there, it worked absolutely flawless for over 8,000 miles and 2 years.

But, we had a change of plans and dingys. So, we sold the Hydralift and, purchased a Rampage lift/carrier that fits in our 6 1/2' bed to carry our Wing. No, you don't need an 8' bed. Much of what you need, is based on what kind of bike you plan on hauling.

At present, I have two options for a bike and toad. If we want the '11 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Extended Cab, I load the Rampage lift/carrier and, we load the new bike, an '18 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT.

If we want the Jeep JKUR, I install a Versa Hauler on the back of the coach, I've installed two more receivers to assist in carrying the A/T's weight and, load the A/T on that Versa Haul. Then, hook the Jeep up to that Versa Haul and, we're off and having fun.

So, there's lots of different ways to think about here. But, more info is needed for accurate answers.
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