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Old 08-31-2017, 05:08 PM   #1
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Double Towing

I am wanting to tow a second trailer with 2 ATV's on it. My 2013 26' fifth wheel CrossRoads Reserve which has a factory installed tow hitch attached to the rear frame and I use a 2017 Ram 2500 Diesel to tow my trailer, I have double towed using a smaller trailer with a single ATV, now wanting to pull 2 ATV's on a bigger flatbed. Can not find any information on how much I can safely hitch to my 5er?
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Old 08-31-2017, 05:44 PM   #2
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Certain states allow it. However check out the swivel wheel trailer. Even though NC or East coast states don't allow triple towing the Highway Patrolmen I've spoke with here in NC told me they wouldn't consider the swivel wheel trailer as a triple tow. Of course other officers might have a different opinion.http://www.cruiserlift.com/swivelwheel
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Old 08-31-2017, 05:53 PM   #3
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In the RV world, triple towing refers to 1 tow vehicle pulling 2 trailers. This link gives you all the info you need for triple towing in each state.

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Old 08-31-2017, 06:44 PM   #4
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I have the factory installed hitch on our Cruiser. The hitch it's self is rated for 300#. I can't remember what the tow weight is. I will try and look that up tomorrow.
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:02 PM   #5
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We have 2012 29ft Cruiser I believe tongue weight spec is 300 lbs and towing capacity was 3000 lbs. I have a 20 ft car trailer that I put one ranger crew and one std ranger on and tow behind pur cruiser. Total length of entire rig is 72 feet.
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:05 PM   #6
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WOW! Have you ever checked what's legal for total length?
Last I heard it was 65 ft.
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:07 PM   #7
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Forgot about this one check this out.
Looks like a awesome unit if you are hauling 4 wheelers
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:09 PM   #8
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Minnesota is 70feet for recreation vehicles and 75 feet for commercial vehicles.
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:14 PM   #9
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Double Towing

Just got back and had time to measure my complete rig. It comes out to 61 feet, in New Mexico I need to be under 65 feet combined, so for that I am ok. Now just need to be sure I can safely pull the total weight.
As I mentioned earlier My tow vehicle is a 2017 Ram 2500 diesel 6.7 L with a payload of 2154 lbs ad max towing of 16800 lbs, my 5th wheel GVWR is 10160 lbs, my flatbed trailer weighs 1120 lbs, combined weight of 2 ATV's is 1400 lbs.
So doing the math 16800-10160-1120-1400=4120, so this leaves me with a buffer of 4120 lbs, does this sound right?
Thank you for any help you can send my way!
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Do you have trailer brakes on the utility trailer?

I would strongly recommend trailer brakes on the utility trailer.

Your weight for the utility trailer with atv's, most states will require trailer brakes.
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This is the label on my factory hitch installed on my 2010 26ft Cruiser 5th wheel.

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The label states max tongue weight is 300# and max GVWR for trailer is 3000#
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:38 AM   #12
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Thanks, rcflyer, that is what I am looking for, unfortunately my hitch does not have a label and I can not find anything on the owners manual (owners manual leaves a lot to be desired). This is what my hitch looks like, is it similar to yours?
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Here is a picture of my hitch and the load label.



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Wow, the manufacturer misspelled tongue on the label.
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Wow, the manufacturer misspelled tongue on the label.
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:59 AM   #16
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Wow, the manufacturer misspelled tongue on the label.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tounge

I suspect the hitch was made in China like most items on our trailers. Maybe the Chinese had a very old translation dictionary.
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WOW! Have you ever checked what's legal for total length?
Last I heard it was 65 ft.
It depends by state. In my state of SD max length is 70’. Some are up to 80’.

Crazy as it sounds some States even allow the front trailer to be a bumper pull outfit!

I double tow an enclosed trailer behind my Fiver.

I find that a rear camera on my Fiver is very valuable when towing double. It really lowers the stress level.

As mentioned before plan on trailer brakes but most importantly a sway bar.

I don’t care how straight you think you can drive....the coach likes to move in cross winds and your second trailer will sway like mad with out a sway bar to slow it all down.
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Every state has their own rules unless DOT commercial.
In CA, you must have a commercial Class A license, be no longer then 65', and have trailer brakes if trailer exceeds 2,500 lbs.
In addition, most states have reciprocity to allow a driver from another state, to stay within the laws of their original state.

In your case, as a neighbor, Colorado isn't one of them
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