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snapperhead

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Towing a trailer behind a 5th wheel
« on: October 04, 2012, 06:12:39 AM »
I have asked several people, even DMV. Nobody seems to know for sure and/or where I can find it in vehicle code book. I would like to pull a small aluminum boat behind my 5th wheel. A guy a RV shop said it was OK with these stipulations: no one piece can be longer than 28 feet, the overall length can't be more than 65 feet, and there was a tonage restriction, but it was alot more than what I will have. Can anybody find and confirm this???

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Re: Towing a trailer behind a 5th wheel
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 06:44:16 AM »
All the info should be in the "Commercial Driver's Handbook" which you can get for free at the DMV.

If you have a class C driver's licence, you're already pushing your luck the way I understand it. You need a Class A to tow a trailer with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs or more which most 5th wheels are more. Granted, lots of people tow 5th wheels with a class C license and don't get in trouble.

So now that you're towing a "double" you'll attract that much more attention from the cops, who will question what you're doing.

One more thong to think about. It will be pretty much impossible to back up unless you're going straight and even then it's tricky and you can't back up very far.
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Re: Towing a trailer behind a 5th wheel
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2012, 06:35:55 AM »
My 5th wheel is only a 24 ft'er, and weighs about 8K. The boat I'm looking at will be under 16ft and weigh may be 1000lbs (loaded with gear).

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Towing a trailer behind a 5th wheel
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2012, 07:16:15 AM »
I have a CDL...

Towing a 5'er with a tag trailer requires a non-commercial Class A.

Technically ANY trailer with a GVW over 10,000lbs requires a CDL.

Is it required...yes. Are you likely to get pulled over for it...no.

Is it worth the gamble...no  The non-commercial A is easy and solves your problem.
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Re: Towing a trailer behind a 5th wheel
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2012, 01:38:07 PM »
And it goes by GVWR (GVW Rating) of the trailer, not the actuall weight. So if your trailer is rated at 12,000LBS GWV then you shouldn't be towing it with a class C even if it only weights 8000 lbs.

The cops almost never bother 5th wheels driven by class C drivers, but having a double makes it a lot more interesting to the cop.
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