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Out4Dux

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Posted: 03/21/03 10:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Problem with rack on truck is that I have a camper shell. Due to the flanged edge of the shell a rack will not really fit without some major modifications. I am thinking a few tickets a year may be cheaper in the long run! Seriously though I have reviewed the Vehicle Code and can't find specific reference to King Pin only for tandem. The boat is about 260#, maybe a welded tube steel rack for the camper. I could mount to frame and hug the camper sides with the vertical supports. How much do you think CHP will charge per occurrence??

Hydehunter - I will shoot you an e-mail with some questions. Thanks


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Out4Dux,
Call CHP and they will give you the low down. I think chancing that, could strip you of all your assets. The potential of sway, and possible jacknife due to an emergency stop, could prove lethal for you, or who ever you take out. Not to mention, every insurance company would wash their hands from an incident like that, and have every right to. I bet the CHP would ground the set-up right where it stands if caught driving it, and not allow you to even move it. Be careful.

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Posted: 03/22/03 09:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The boat loader mentioned above is here:

http://www.eideboatloader.com/index.htm

It will work with a camper shell. You can't take the boat trailer, but they also sell launch wheels if you want to go that route.

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Madman I'm sorry that you are wrong.If you go to a DMV commerical testing location they will tell you can. A regular DMV office will not have a clue.I have checked 4 different times when I have taken men out to get their Class A or B license.By the way, as of Jan 1 2002 you cannot tow a boat behind a 5th wheel without a Class A non-commerical license and a doubles endorsement.

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Out4dux I did Not receive your e-mail hydehunter

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Madman,

I guess you missed the sarcasm in my e-mail. I would not do it if indeed illegal. As to safety I think you are being a bit dramatic. The boat/motor/trailer wet is 700lbs, this is negligible in terms of the trailers weight, the boat is just as stable behind the 3500 lb trailer as behind a 3500 lb car. In a true panic situation the additional load in my mind will not compound the problem any more than it will by itself. How would this be any worse than behind a 5th wheel?

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In the Trailer Life Directory, this question was addressed. You can look up each individual states law about towing. Good luck.


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out4dux,
Trailering 2 'bumper-pulls' is possible, safe, and works quite well. According to my state's Department of Transportation website, it's legal here (don't know about CA). Your own DOT is the determining factor (my advice is to ignore the various directories, they have too many errors). Many light trailer manufacturers deliver by pulling 2-at-a-time around here; they're fairly common. Those who predict disaster in a panic stop probably haven't tried it. I've had no problems stopping everything (they stay in a nice straight line). You may need an additional sway controller betwixt the 2 trailers, tho'. Here are links to a few of my 'tandem' setups http://groups.msn.com/OpenRoadsForum/pictures?Page=2 Look for the heading 'My Rigs'

*This Message was edited on 25-Mar-03 05:30 AM by pullin2*


*This Message was edited on 25-Mar-03 05:34 AM by pullin2*

edit: trying to get the link to work


*This Message was edited on 25-Mar-03 05:35 AM by pullin2*



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Here's a site that lists states. Not sure how accurate it is.

http://www.rvadvice.com/rvtowlaw.html

If it's illegal then how does UPS, etc. tow 3 trailers on the interstate in some states? That would be 2 bumper hitches plus one fifth wheel.


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