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DarkSkySeeker

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Posted: 07/17/19 12:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On my last trip I saw two trucks with 5th wheels attached and boats in tow.

My brother thought this was only legal in California if the trip originated in Nevada as the laws were different.

Where can I get more information about this?


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Posted: 07/17/19 12:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Simple Google search:

http://www.hitchemup.com/statetowinglaws.htm


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Legal in Wisconsin.

I din't tow a boat. I do tow a enclosed trailer behind 5er.

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DarkSkySeeker wrote:

On my last trip I saw two trucks with 5th wheels attached and boats in tow.

My brother thought this was only legal in California if the trip originated in Nevada as the laws were different.

Where can I get more information about this?


California allows it IF the first trailer is a 5th wheel and the whole combo is under a certain length.


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Other than a drivers license there is no reciprocity on driving laws between states. Can't exceed speed limits for example. Double towing if allowed in a state may have length restrictions.


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DarkSkySeeker wrote:

On my last trip I saw two trucks with 5th wheels attached and boats in tow.

My brother thought this was only legal in California if the trip originated in Nevada as the laws were different.

Where can I get more information about this?
Call your local/state DMV and get info straight from the horse's mouth, rather than 3rd or 4th hand opinions off an internet forum.

Of course there's no guarantee that they have it straight, but you went to the source anyway.


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Many people tow a trailer behind their 5er. Generally speaking it is legal in the middle states and less so in the east and west coasts states. Overall length requirements have to be met also. But best check with each state of interest before trying it.

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I see some California members are towing doubles and is legal in their state if certain requirements are met.
Hang in there as some may may have already done the foot work on any legal issues and may respond.

When I towed for a living the only folks that could answer all my legal issue questions were at a state troop command post. Give them a call or drop by one in your area and get a answer from those that enforce those type motor vehicle laws.

Also keep in mind many state troopers in traffic divisions haven't been through their state size and weight school....but I bet they will know a trooper who has. Most are pretty nice guys and can get you in touch with one.


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I thought that MN allowed a pickup/5er/boat combination only.
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My favorite is the Class A towing a truck towing a boat!


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