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3311

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Posted: 11/14/02 10:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone have any experience with towing something behind your 5er. I would like to tow a small single place flatbed motorcycle trailer, weight is approx. 350 pounds. What do you think ?

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I tow a 17.5 ft boat behind my 25 ft 5th wheel and have had no problems whatsoever. You need to be aware of where you can and cannot go due to the impossibility of backing up more than a few feet but other than that, no issues.

A small trailer will be pretty hard to see when you're underway so that might be an something to be aware of. Also make sure it is legal in your area.

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Yeah 3311, the boat is very stable when towed behind the 5er - just like it is when being towed behind the truck. If your bike trailer tows well single, it should be fine double. The whole rig (64ft total) is very stable and tows smoothly with no wobble or sway whatsoever.

What I meant about not being able to see the second trailer pertained to going forward as well as back. You can't see much of a smaller trailer behind a 5th wheel and it can be a little disconcerting if you're not sure it is still there. Just something to be aware of.

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I just built a single rack to carry a Yamaha 250 (310 lbs)on the back of my fifth wheel using a class 4 hitch. Hitchhiker engineers tell me I'm good up to 800 lbs on the rear of my particular model before kingpin weights would be affected. If your trailer can stand the weight, I think that's the way to go rather than a trailer.

I also installed a front class 4 hitch on my truck and will tow our other bike there when towing the fifth wheel. I just finished and will take some photos this weekend, if you're interested, drop me a line.



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Thanks Clipper, I guess I'm not that concerned about seeing it when backing up because I can always unhook it and move it by hand. I'm more concerned with how it will track behind the 5er. Is yours pretty stable ? Do you get much movement side to side ?

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Texatdurango,
My bikes weight is 950 lbs. so I don't think I can haul it like you do. Thanks for the response.

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If any one has a picture of how they welded the hitch to the back of the 5th I would appreciate it.

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I tow a small 6X8 foot trailer with my off road golf kart loaded on it, (see My Toy's), on a regular basis. It's a bear when backing up say in a gas station when you get boxed in so to speak. Towing is not a problem at with me - trailer tracks like a dream - can not assertain any sway at all.


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In Michigan you have to stay within the 65 foot limit ( bumper to bumper ) and you must have an RV endorsement on your drivers licence to pull 2 trailers.....


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Clipper, thanks again you given me some confidence to move forward with this idea.

Dennis



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