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    Does anyone tow their boat behind their 5th wheel trailer? I've seen a couple people do it. What are the laws?

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    I think the biggest issue is the total length of truck, fifth wheel trailer and secondary trailer cannot exceed 80 feet.

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    In ca u need a commercial class A w/doubles and triples endorsement, brakes and lights on both trailers, and u cannot exceed a certain bumper to bumper length. That's either 65 or 75 ft. I cant remember.
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    Google it, their is lots of info, depends on each states laws and yep you have to have a class a CDL

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    Pretty sure in Ca. not to exceded 80ft when towing with a fifth wheel. Total length including truck and trailers, AND both trailers must be the same length.
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    This should be good....

    I have the same issue during the winter time. I have a 40 TH and an off road car that doesn't fit in the 12' garage so my wife has to drive separate. I am contemplating getting my license and towing a flat bed behind the TH with the car on it. From what I have heard, the law isn't clear and often times the LEO's are not clear with the law. From my point of view, whats the harm in towing the 5th and a flat bed behind assuming you have brakes and lights hooked up and you are obeying the 55 mph speed limit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David_396 View Post
    Pretty sure in Ca. not to exceded 80ft total length including truck and trailers, AND both trailers must be the same length.
    Not sure that the trailers have to be the same length. We have been to Glamis many times and have seen a 5th and a small flat bed behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballsdeep View Post
    Not sure that the trailers have to be the same length. We have been to Glamis many times and have seen a 5th and a small flat bed behind.
    Doesn't make sense, but what here in CA does. Truck driver buddy showed me it in some publication a while back.

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    Combination of all vehicles cannot exceed 75 feet. Neither trailor can exceed 28.6 feet. First trailor must have brakes, second trailor is only required to have brake if it needs brakes for weight requirements anyway (small boat or bike trailors don't require them).
    You must have a commercial CDL with a doubles endorsement. I'm not sure if you can get the doubles endorsement with a restricted commercial CDL. Best people to ask are the commercial enforcement CHP, the ones in the p/u trucks or a motor carrier inspector. I've been doing this for 10 years (legally), but have never been pulled over and asked to see my license.

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    Thats good to know, where do you normally tow your stuff to?? Just curious becasue we head out to the desert (mojave) during the riding season and I see double tows and never see people getting pulled over.

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    I tried to comply with this issue a few years ago. At that time, I was told I needed a NON-commercial class A license. However, no DMV was prepared to test for that level. I kept all of my corespondence with me and went ahead and towed my 5'er and flatbed with toys. Never stopped or cited.

    I remember Dave Bryant (RIP) getting an over length ticket while traveling I-40 from Needles to the Havasu cutoff (pretty chicken sh*t, what is that 20 miles?).

    I also recall that the first trailer HAD to have brakes, second trailer was not required.

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    All over So Cal. I'm in Riverside and we do lower dessert Ocotillo, Glamis. High dessert, Johnson Valley, Razor rd, Dumont. I boat the lower river, mostly Blythe. I tow a motor cycle trailor in the winter and an 18' boat in the summer. My 5th is 30' and with my dually and the boat I think I have 2' feet to spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CampbellCarl View Post
    I tried to comply with this issue a few years ago. At that time, I was told I needed a NON-commercial class A license. However, no DMV was prepared to test for that level. I kept all of my corespondence with me and went ahead and towed my 5'er and flatbed with toys. Never stopped or cited.

    I remember Dave Bryant (RIP) getting an over length ticket while traveling I-40 from Needles to the Havasu cutoff (pretty chicken sh*t, what is that 20 miles?).

    I also recall that the first trailer HAD to have brakes, second trailer was not required.

    Whatever you do...........walk down a street/alley that you are unsure if can get thru without backing up.............don't ask how I know this last little item......


    How big was your 5er and flat bed? and overall length from bumper to bumper?

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    Beyond the law, the biggest issue is what Carl addressed. Never getting into a situation where backing up is the only option. One might be surprised how difficult this is to deal with and how hard it is to never get into such a situation.
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