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Posted: 05/20/12 08:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gary. wrote:

According to the 2010 Trailer Life RV Parks and Campgrounds Directory the state of California does not allow triple towing. Page 24.
They're wrong. Go to the source. You need an endorsement to do so legally.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/trucks/trucksize/length.htm


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Gary. wrote:

According to the 2010 Trailer Life RV Parks and Campgrounds Directory the state of California does not allow triple towing. Page 24.
Hi, Towing 2 trailers is not triple towing, it is double, your tow veh. does not count. doubles are legal in ca. as long as you are under the 65ft limit and have the commercial lic. with doubles endorsment. As others have stated if your hitch is bolted or welded to the frame you will be fine with that weight.


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Posted: 05/21/12 07:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many states call it triple.

http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm
http://rv-roadtrips.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/07/triple_towing.php

Same thing.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2009/02/sta........n-many-directions-if-you-double-tow.html


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SolidAxleDurango wrote:

Tom N wrote:

Driving a train is dangerous,....


So are knives. What's your point?


My point is it's dangerous and that is why it's illegal in many states.

I see 5th wheels and trailers swaying all over the highway every time I'm on an interstate. Attaching a boat or trailer behind would only increase the danger for all of us.

Wait...maybe I'll tow a 5th wheel and a boat and a utility trailer carrying a golf cart.


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Just because something is illegal in some states does not mean it is a bad thing! Same sex marriage is illegal in some states! What you should be worried about today is people texting and driving while going 70 MPH!

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Towed ours for about 7 years with no problems at all. I cannot recall any swaying all over the road. As a matter of fact the boat tracked right behind the 5th wheel quite nicely.

Now we have a motor home that many say you should not launch your boat with. We have been doing it for 2 years with, you guessed it no problems at all. Towed both legally in both cases.
And unless it changed in California you needed a recreational class A not a commercial class A.

Recreational being a written test only and commercial being written and a driving test with a truck.

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I was just curious if this could be done but since posting my question I have changed my mind and it had nothing to do with the answers I received.

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Ceeyahd1,

California premits triple tows with a maximum combined length of 65'. Brakes are required on trailers >1500 lbs, safety chains, and a breakaway systems. I would guess that both trailers, if >1500 lbs, require brakes, chains, and breakaways. Sounds pretty complicated to make it work right in such a short package, but I guess it can be done. Just my two cents...


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Posted: 05/22/12 08:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tom N wrote:

SolidAxleDurango wrote:

Tom N wrote:

Driving a train is dangerous,....


So are knives. What's your point?


My point is it's dangerous and that is why it's illegal in many states.

I see 5th wheels and trailers swaying all over the highway every time I'm on an interstate. Attaching a boat or trailer behind would only increase the danger for all of us.

Wait...maybe I'll tow a 5th wheel and a boat and a utility trailer carrying a golf cart.


Well then, based upon your logic, knives should be illegal as well.


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ceeyahd1 wrote:

Just because something is illegal in some states does not mean it is a bad thing! Same sex marriage is illegal in some states! What you should be worried about today is people texting and driving while going 70 MPH!


True, texting while driving a truck pulling a 5th wheel pulling a boast is even more dangerous.

Unprotected gay sex is very dangerous, probably more dangerous than motoring down the freeways.

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