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mowermech

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Yep, exactly like that! That is a "DOUBLE TOW". I have a trailer exactly like that golf cart trailer, and it does not have brakes. In fact, in order to install brakes, I would have to replace the axle. A flange to install the backing plates isn't there on the existing axle.
I checked the Montana law. 75 feet is the maximum allowed length of any combination of vehicles.


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Tal/IL wrote:

Something like this? This guy was across from us at the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships a few years ago. I don't know what state he was from

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A much safer way to do that would be to have a double axle trailer, put the golf cart in front sideways with ramps from the side and SUV in back.
Simple electric trailer brakes.
Handling would be way better.
If ever they had to swerve to avoid something with pictured combination it would not be pretty!

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All this discussion reminds me of a saying a friend of mine told me years ago - "Just because you CAN, doesn't mean you SHOULD"

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Although I am one of those who believes that a secondary or auxiliary braking system is important and effective ,I still have a problem finding any legitimate statutes that specifically address the legal requirements for doing so!

There are all kinds of statements published by the various companies selling auxiliary braking units indicating regulations in this jurisdiction or the other but no government issued requirements can be found probably because Towing equipment is not specifically covered under legislation.

If someone can provide such documentation provided by the department of transport I would be interested in reading it!

As stated I use a proportionate braking device which works very well with the air braking system in my Diesel Pusher and my Honda CRV !


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I believe it is legal in Iowa but the length limit is 60 feet. Not sure what the brake requirements are. Don't get in any place that you have to back up. Have a friend that got in a tight gas station and he had to unhook his boat that was behind his fifth wheel to get out of there, don't know how he got the boat hooked back up.


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i was at the flying j in Dillon, SC about 2005 and saw a lady at the pumps. She had a Bounder hauling a mini-pickup like a ford Ranger with a trailer and a small airplane on the trailer. I remember the fold up wings. Sorry, no pictures.


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mowermech wrote:

DOUBLE towing (truck/trailer/trailer) is legal in Montana and several other Western states. Yes, I could tow the Jeep and the boat behind the motorhome, legally, except that she-who-must-be-obeyed will not allow it.
TRIPLE towing (truck/trailer/trailer/trailer) is legal in Montana on the freeways and within a certain distance of the freeway to allow getting to the yards. It is usually only seen with Commercial trucks (UPS, FEDEX, etc.)
Maximum length is, IIRC, 75 feet whether commercial or non-commercial.



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robatthelake wrote:

Although I am one of those who believes that a secondary or auxiliary braking system is important and effective ,I still have a problem finding any legitimate statutes that specifically address the legal requirements for doing so!

There are all kinds of statements published by the various companies selling auxiliary braking units indicating regulations in this jurisdiction or the other but no government issued requirements can be found probably because Towing equipment is not specifically covered under legislation.

If someone can provide such documentation provided by the department of transport I would be interested in reading it!

As stated I use a proportionate braking device which works very well with the air braking system in my Diesel Pusher and my Honda CRV !


I did not spend as much time in school as most, and did not always pay attention when I was there, but I think I guy named Newton wrote some laws that could explain the need for brakes.

And just last week a guy that I used to work with learned that on CMVs if a axle does not have working brakes it does not count as a load carrying axle. (He added a couple of axles with small wheels and E-brakes to his material trailer. Under bridge law they increase payload by more than the weight they carry. But diesel bear found the brakes didn't work, so he is overweight. After trouble shooting, I loaned him my brake controller to get the load delivered then installed the new controller in a weather-proof box.)
As for RVs. Many get panties in a wad at the idea somebody might step over their weight ratings. Well the brakes on a vehicle are designed to stop the GVWR of a vehicle, with a margin for safety. If you hook something behind that does not have brakes, and your GCVW is higher than the TV's GVWR, you are riding in that margin.

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robatthelake wrote:

Although I am one of those who believes that a secondary or auxiliary braking system is important and effective ,I still have a problem finding any legitimate statutes that specifically address the legal requirements for doing so!

There are all kinds of statements published by the various companies selling auxiliary braking units indicating regulations in this jurisdiction or the other but no government issued requirements can be found probably because Towing equipment is not specifically covered under legislation.

If someone can provide such documentation provided by the department of transport I would be interested in reading it!

As stated I use a proportionate braking device which works very well with the air braking system in my Diesel Pusher and my Honda CRV !
Maybe I'm not understanding what you're asking about, but every state in the US has laws specifically applying to trailers and the requirements for brakes on them (depending on weight). Are you saying that Canada doesn't?


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4x4van wrote:

robatthelake wrote:

Although I am one of those who believes that a secondary or auxiliary braking system is important and effective ,I still have a problem finding any legitimate statutes that specifically address the legal requirements for doing so!

There are all kinds of statements published by the various companies selling auxiliary braking units indicating regulations in this jurisdiction or the other but no government issued requirements can be found probably because Towing equipment is not specifically covered under legislation.

If someone can provide such documentation provided by the department of transport I would be interested in reading it!

As stated I use a proportionate braking device which works very well with the air braking system in my Diesel Pusher and my Honda CRV !
Maybe I'm not understanding what you're asking about, but every state in the US has laws specifically applying to trailers and the requirements for brakes on them (depending on weight). Are you saying that Canada doesn't?


While touting the laws regarding brakes on TRAILERS, it pays to look at each State's legal definition of a "trailer". In many States (including mine), the legal definition of a "trailer" quite obviously does not include towed motor vehicles. However, nearly every state (again, including mine) DOES have a "Braking Performance Law" that usually mirrors the requirements in FVSS; you must be able to stop within a certain distance from a certain speed on a hard, dry, level surface. The called for parameters are almost all the same or very similar. To get an idea of said laws, take a look at MCA (Montana Code Annotated) 61-9-312.

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