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gdsterrett

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We are considering getting a small (5x8) utility trailer to carry 2 kayaks and 2 bikes plus other assorted stuff that we seem to have to take when we go in the MH. This will be attached to the Jeep whichis attached to the Motorhome. I was just wondering if anyone has any opinions on this or has had any issues doing this. I know some states frown on this. However, we sat in a campground in one of these states that supposedly frowns on this and watch many double toads come and go.
Always happy to hear a healthy exchange of ideas and opinions, Dan

The Motorhome is a 33'Holiday Rambler Admiral with the Ford V-10 and the Jeep will have brakes.

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A lot depends on the MH you intend to tow with. No gasser has enough to pull all of that so what do you pull with? You will need brakes on the Jeep and be very able to stop.


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bsinmich wrote:

A lot depends on the MH you intend to tow with. No gasser has enough to pull all of that so what do you pull with? You will need brakes on the Jeep and be very able to stop.


The Ford V10 has more than enough power to pull the Jeep, and a additional 250 pound trailer with 2 50 pound kayaks will not phase it at all. If it does, I might suggest leaving behind 50 gallons of water, it is really that much difference - nothing overall.

Even many diesels that are 5,000 pounds heavier only have 300 - 325 HP engines, and lose 45 HP through that Allison transmission, so they have less power to the pavement than the V10 by Ford.

Yes you need to check the overall length, and that is limited to only 65' in most states, 70' in a few. You also need a commercial drivers license, and keep a current medical certificate, as well as using a log book, with time in service details already filled out in case you are stopped. It is a real bummer to get stopped 1 hour into a 2 hour drive home, and being told "You have to spend the next 8 hours here doing your rest period, because you did not document the time that you went into service, and I don't know if you have been driving for the past 14 hours or not, so spend 8 hours resting - then it will be safe for you to drive home, sometime around midnight."

Your local DMV should have all the paperwork to get a commercial drivers license. I don't know if they have a special one for drivers of RV's or not. The only 3 people that I know that double tow also drove big rigs for a living, so towing a 35' fifth wheel with a 18' boat trailer behind that was no big deal.

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As others mentioned, you really need to check the laws where you'll be driving. I know some places don't allow the 1st tow to be a bumper pool. Some places also require a different DL to double tow. And some places simply don't allow double towing.

Personally if it was just kayaks and bikes and some more stuff, I'd just put everything on the toad.

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First up is the various state laws limit double towing. You will need to research it.

Second is the overall weight of the jeep, trailer and coach loaded with stuff. You hitch receiver is probably only rated to 5K and how much GCWR your coach has available is in question. Best not stress test them.

If tow laws allow and your weight is under the coach limits about the only problem is dealing with the trailer at the camp sit. Also you will need to plan all your movements. No way to back up even a few feet if you get into a tight spot without disconnecting everything.


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I think the biggest issue will depend on your overall length. You should check whatever states you are visiting and see what their laws are on it.

I know others would just carry their kayaks and bikes on their jeep as well.

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Golden_HVAC wrote:


Even many diesels that are 5,000 pounds heavier only have 300 - 325 HP engines, and lose 45 HP through that Allison transmission, so they have less power to the pavement than the V10 by Ford.



And those diesels have 300-500 lbs more TORQUE and more tranny gears so they can stay right in the power band


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The only PROS I see in double towing is having all the staff you wanted with you on the trip,All the rest is CONS like Climbing Grades,fitting into C.G and Fuel consumption.


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gdsterrett wrote:

. I know some states frown on this. However, we sat in a campground in one of these states that supposedly frowns on this and watch many double toads come and go. .


I just love it. somebody else gets by with breaking the law so it is now open to all. if Indiana "frowns" on this, that means it is "ILLEGAL" not just frowned on. Hit somebody while illegally towing and get your check book out. I saw somebody pull into a truck stop off I-95 in VA with a motorhome pulling a full size pickup, towing a large boat. looked impressive but I did not conclude that this was legal in VA.
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The biggest con I see is That Most I repeat Most if not all states will not allow you to double tow the set up you describe. You are towing with a ball hitch from MH to Towed and another ball hitch from towed to trailer it is simply not allowed. The fivers get away with it because of the Pin hitch on the truck to fiver set up.


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