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Posted: 01/17/19 02:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Legal issues aside, get a hitch rated for at or above the max your truck is rated for. A 2200 lb boat on the back won't have more then 200-300 lbs on the back of the RV, (make sure the RV can do that). It will transfer 100-200 lbs off the 5er hitch, your RV has a longer pin to axle length then axle to bumper. I would put a backup camera on the back of the RV up high to watch the boat going down the road. Don't plan on backing up more then 1-2 boat lengths without ALOT of practice.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

I am licensed SD, they allow it. CA where I stay a lot in the winter allows it but with proper licensing. They recognize SD. I travel thru OR to get to WA for the Summers, they both do not allow. I am guessing they look the other way since I am licensed SD???


legal in both ore and was states, as i have pulled doubles there a number of times, not one problem.
and i am from ca.
just to be legal in all states,
one must have a class A permit, with doubles endorsement,
be under 65 feet total length,
and under (by at least one pound, more is better.) the max weight allowed for your truck.
and of course know what you are doing.
got insurance? some company's will not cover towing doubles.
some states allow a boat behind with a class C permit, no endorsements.


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edbehnke wrote:

I assume your state allows a double pull.

https://news.pickuptrucks.com/2009/02/state-laws-can-pull-you-in-many-directions-if-you-double-tow.html


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DarkSkySeeker wrote:

Off topic alert...

It would be fun to have a "backing up the rig competition" with a boat towed behind a 5th wheel.


i drive commercial. and backing up a "set" is a lost art in and of itself. heck some paid drivers have problems just backing up, no trailers attached.
a fiver and second trailer is only two joints, commercial has three points.

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noteven wrote:

Driver’s licenses are reciprocal across the USA and Canada.

Regulated vehicle configurations, dimensions, and weights are not reciprocal.


not quite true. i can not say for canada, or mexico. but in the USA, all commercial, and NON commercial trucks, cars, and trailers are federally controlled.
all the max dimensions, and weight are in a book of codes, all manf must obey.
then there are the "special" trucks.aka: a stretched limo, a big rig wrecker, etc.
but any and all must fit into said dimensions, to be allowed free use of the roads. as in nothing over hanging to the sides. so much off the front or rear. then the loads apply.

get a copy of the dot hand book at any truck stop.
some roads have restrictions, do to length, width or weight. but thats another thing.

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jmbstudios wrote:

Thanks for the help. Lots of great info.
Can you guys post some pics of your double towing set ups?
Thanks.


if i pull my little trailer next week i will see about a couple photos for you.

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Thanks Packnrat.


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packnrat wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

I am licensed SD, they allow it. CA where I stay a lot in the winter allows it but with proper licensing. They recognize SD. I travel thru OR to get to WA for the Summers, they both do not allow. I am guessing they look the other way since I am licensed SD???


legal in both ore and was states, as i have pulled doubles there a number of times, not one problem.
and i am from ca.
just to be legal in all states,
one must have a class A permit, with doubles endorsement,
be under 65 feet total length,
and under (by at least one pound, more is better.) the max weight allowed for your truck.
and of course know what you are doing.
got insurance? some company's will not cover towing doubles.
some states allow a boat behind with a class C permit, no endorsements.


AFAIK, this is not quite true. Some states do not allow ANY doubles, private or commercial, without a permit. Just like some states consider a swivel wheel an "extension" and others consider them "trailers", so using one is illegal in those states, if doubles aren't allowed for private use.

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I spoke to a Trooper in WA, he said even with a CDL Double RV towing is NOT legal.

So who the HE!! knows! I will keep saving $500 Northbound and Southbound every year.


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jmbstudios ... here's a pic of our rig hooked up with doubles. It's a bit dated now since we are in the process of adding an 8'wide x 7'long x 7'high box behind the sleeper, and moving the hitch rearward 18" with a flat deck surrounding the hitch. We pull this legally in Wyoming (85 foot state)
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