Well that is my problem my rig is 53 feet and my boat is 27 feet with the trailer length so would be to big for me to do this total would be 80 feet. When it's not to far I take my 5th then go back for the boat. Heading to FL for the winter in 2003 would like to have my boat but almost to far to make so many trips. Down and back and down and back at Christmas then would be down and back to get the 5th so would be six trips guess it depends on how tired I get not having the boat.
I stay a long time in one place usually at my home based rv park.
I just got off the phone with the DMV's Commerical Driver's Division here in California. a full CDL is required with a Doubles and Triples endorsement to be legal at any length in CA when towing behind a 5th wheel. A non-commercial class A will not cut it.
Three tests are required. Two written tests and a driving test with the truck and 5th wheel.
So, it looks as though I am in the market for a 5er/toyhauler capable of towing my 4400lb Jeep.
Things are quite different in CA. I have been doing a lot of research on towing a Jeep CJ7 behind a 5er. Here are the rules in CA: Legal with normal Class C, as long as total length doesn't exceed 56'. If you are between 56-60" then a CDL license is required. Just an FYI, a CDL license is a PITA to get in CA.
I have a 99' Ford F350 CC dually. Its the long box to boot, so I will be limited even more in length because of the size of my tow rig. I was planning to tow a 24' 5er, and flat tow my Jeep behind the 5er. Problem is that even with such a small 5er, I will still be over the 56' mark. So, now I am in the market for a larger car hauler 5th wheel.
it is not all that difficult to get the cdl "class A" license in CA. I just got mine, and tow what is in my signature. written test, skills test, and drive test are required plus a medical form filled out by dr. (this was the hardest to get, and i had to pay for it, ins. would not cover it). basically, apply for the license $64, take the written tests (class C, class A, doubles/triples) you won't need tankers and air brakes written tests. scehdule your dmv drive test appt. (best place to take is in San Bernadino near the 10/215 fwys). you do a pre-trip inspection, skills test, and drive test. all tests are covered in the CDL book provided free at the dmv. NOW you are licenesed to pull two trailers (1st being 5th wheel) with a length up to 75' provided neither trailer exceeds 28'6 otherwise it is 65' (v.c. 35401(b)). my license has restrictions of no airbrakes, auto. trans, and under 26000 GVW of the tow vehicle.
*This Message was edited on 17-Jun-03 01:52 PM by long2729*
2011 Silverado 3500 4X4 CC L/B
2005 Wildwood F23RL
2004 Stingray 195 LR
Total length 65 feet