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JIMNLIN

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Posted: 01/12/20 06:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

timmac wrote:

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And don't forget if you get stopped the deciding person will be the LEO who pulls you over. If he isn't familiar with the towing regulations then all bets are off.


If the LEO is not familiar with the towing laws than how could he give me a ticket, if he or she tried to ticket me I will tell to call their supervisor to look up the law..

I checked on the 7 states and I am in the clear, 70 to 85 foot and no 5th wheel required in the middle.

Most of the time a stop for any size and weight violations will be by a certified size and weight officer. If he's not certified then he can have his dispatch get one on scene in a hurry that will know the violation code and how its enforced. When I hauled I've had both happen more than once.
Many times the way a code is worded like I mentioned above... a lay person has no idea how the code will be enforced. This is were the officer who is certified will make the correct call.


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For me personally i would never tow two couplers like pictured above. That MH in the wind will have a hard time by it's self staying in it's own lane!

I think I am about the same length but with the 5er and ball connection my setup is FAR more stable going down the road even in high winds.

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For me personally i would never tow two couplers like pictured above. That MH in the wind will have a hard time by it's self staying in it's own lane!

I think I am about the same length but with the 5er and ball connection my setup is FAR more stable going down the road even in high winds.



I have flat towed in the wind and my truck never swayed like a trailer does, however I have not done it with the truck and boat yet, I suspect no issues however I don't drive when the wind when its pushing me around, I take a break and let the wind calm down or I just drive slower.

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I double tow a little over length and so far haven't been ticketed. When I'm double towing I'm usually not terribly far from home so I could drop the back trailer and come back for it in the event I get pulled over by an unreasonable law officer.


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I double tow a little over length and so far haven't been ticketed. When I'm double towing I'm usually not terribly far from home so I could drop the back trailer and come back for it in the event I get pulled over by an unreasonable law officer.


This is pretty much what I have heard from others, I figure as long as I am driving safe and not changing lanes than there should be no issues.

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RVHaulers Interview Meet Doug Towing his 80 Foot Long Rig

100,000 miles triple towing 80 foot in multiply states


https://youtu.be/EacpJEhJlPs

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But that video really doesn't mean squat if you get stopped. He does it, but that is absolutely no guarantee that you can get away with it. Just have a game plan in case you do get stopped, and I don't think showing that video will count for much. [emoticon]


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fj12ryder wrote:

But that video really doesn't mean squat if you get stopped. He does it, but that is absolutely no guarantee that you can get away with it. Just have a game plan in case you do get stopped, and I don't think showing that video will count for much. [emoticon]


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LOL, well that might work.

FWIW we traveled for a couple years pulling a swivelwheel-type trailer carrying out motorcycles, behind our 35' 5th wheel. We traveled through several states that didn't allow double towing and were never given a second glance. I always figured the confusion of the swivelwheel-type trailer made them just look the other way. It is the best way to travel with a second trailer because you have no issues with backing up.

It worked well for a couple years, but we went to a toyhauler just because it was less of a hassle. YMMV

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fj12ryder wrote:

LOL, well that might work.


It might. It also might work for turning a summary traffic citation into a Felony if you run into Buford T Justice LOL.

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