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Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by eriefisher, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. eriefisher

    eriefisher Member

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    Do any of you folks tow 2 trailers? Say the pup and then maybe a small boat or extra gear trailer for longer camp outs. It can be tricky to get tongue weights right to prevent sway. It may not even be legal where you are. Here in Ontario it is legal with commercial vehicles which includes pick ups. I have done it once but with a large TT and a boat. This was towed by a tow/recovery wrecker. Anyone ever try it?
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    In most places the lead trailer has to be a fifth wheel or gooseneck. Not a bumper pull.
     
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    I don't know if that's the case here.
     
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    This question comes up every few months. The short answer is, DON'T DO IT!
     
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    I have no plans to do it in the future. Just curious if it's being done at all. I have not found any reference yet to connection type but there is a length limit of 23m/75ft.
     
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    Might want to check the law before you do tow doubles.
    If you're wrong the police will inform you when he's writing an expensive ticket and making you leave one trailer along the road.
     
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    My FIL used to tow a boat behind his fifth wheel. It worked fine for him. He just couldn't back up without disconnecting the boat. From what I understand, most states in the US only allow doubles when the middle trailer is a fifth wheel.

    I found some info on Ontario's laws, but it appears to be old.

    "Towing More Than One Vehicle

    Cars, passenger vans and SUVs are not permitted to tow more than one trailer or one vehicle. Motor homes, trucks, pickup trucks and truck campers are legally permitted to tow two trailers or a trailer and a motor vehicle behind a trailer. However, a three vehicle combination that is swaying excessively, is unstable or has reduced handling capabilities is subject to action by the police as an unsafe combination of vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act.

    The maximum length of any combination of vehicles is 23 m (75' 6")."
     
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    I found that as well while looking for details.
     
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    That is the current law here, buddy of mine does it almost all the time.. infact he should be heading up the 400 either this weekend or next for his annual "famJam".. Never seen it done with a pup, largely due to the flimsy frames that they have.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    posted more than once over the years, a link to equalizer video showing truck, jet skis and PU.
    here's the freeze frame.
    trippple.jpg

     
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    Here in Ontario the first towed trailer has to be the RV type and must have brakes, second trailer can be boat, seadoo,utility trailer ..
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Double towing in NJ is a NO NO!!! Only tractor trailers are allowed shorter trailers (not full length ones)
     
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    Looks like most of the east coast and the northwest prohibit it, but the rest of the country doesn't.

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    Yeah, here in NY I've only seen doubles and rarely.
    In the midwest, triples. I can always tell when we're in the midwest by the triples.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Honestly, I'm glad they don't allow them in NJ! If they did there would be a lot of accidents with the way folks drive here!!!
     
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