Can I tow all together? Before you answer...I have a frame mounted hitch on the trailer, I use weight distribution hitch for camper, and will make certain that all tongue weights are with-in recommended limits. I have found that tandem is legal in California (Primary Residence), but can't find a definitive on tandem bumper pulls. Does anyone out there do this, please help?
In our State you need to have a 5th wheel to pull your boat. Towing behind a ball mounted TT is a no-no. I'm in the same dilema as you. I have 16 ft runabout, but cant take it. My recommendation is do what I did. I bought a 10'2" Zodiac. It will hold 4 people if your just fartin around. It will haul 2 people super comfortable with gear. These new Zodiac's have an Air floor which allows a 250# person to stand upright and not flex the boat. It has an air keel with stabilizing stringers which keep it from yawing in the wind. These things are awesome, very durable. You can lift the motor and get deep into the blinds. Almost no draft. Oars are mounted to the side which allow you to push off in the thick. These boats deflate and roll up to 3'x2'x18" and weigh only 55 lbs. You can lock them up in your trailer or take them around in the back of your truck. They no longer have the roll up wood floors. It's all air and very strong. We love ours.
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I go for Fiche not Dux, but the problem is the same. You can buy a rack to carry the boat on the truck (without the boat trailer). I have been carrying a 3.4m Avon inflatable on the back of my truck (fully inflated with the bow up over the cab on a rack I made). The outboard is carried in the bed of the pickup. I use launch wheels to move it around on the ground. Your boat may be a wee bit heavy for that (?).
Now, however, I have a larger wooden boat with a trailer that I plan to carry on the back of the truck in place of the Avon. The trailer will be pulled up on the truck by a winch with the wheels on a pair of portable ramps and the tonque sliding on a center channel. Tied down to hard points on the truck, this will be quite secure. This method avoids any conflict with double towing laws.
I have seen this type of setup a half dozen times with different hardware. It seems there is no commerical rack for this (I have not been able to find any). So you will have to build it yourself if you want to carry the boat trailer too.
This won't help you any but I thought it looked pretty weird. I travel I-75 alot and I was headed south the other day and in the North bound lane was a big Wanderlodge, hitched to the Wanderlodge was a Explorer and hitched to the Explorer was a Bayliner boat. Looked pretty strange but d**n I was jealous!!
Out4Dux, you can tow a boat behind a TT. What Calif. now requires as Jan 1 2001 is to have a class A license with a doubles endorsement you will have to take the same written test as a 18 wheeler driver would take,along with a driving test then they will restrict your license to gross vehicule weight e-mail me and I will send you my phone # kahiggs@hotmail for more info
I have almost the same set up as yours. I had a rack built to fit my Supercrew and I carry my 14' boat on top of the truck. I have been doing this for two years and it works great. I have probably driven 10,000 miles with this set up. The hardest part is getting the boat on/off the rack, but a company with the name I beleive is Aidie Boat Racks make an automatic loader. I have seen them work, its great. I don't have one yet, but I'm stil fairly young and can just lift my boat on to the rack. My boat weighs about 200 pounds. The boat bow first acts like and air dam for the trailer. I cannot tell any difference towing with or without the boat.
I wouldn't feel comfortable towing anything behind my trailer.