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Title: advice Help on what to buy- double and triple trailering
Post by: ncoburn on November 02, 2017, 09:39:37 PM
My husband I are about to start Full-time Rving and are trying to decide how to go. We currently have a 32 ft. travel trailer and Surburban we pull it with. We also have a 25 foot ski boat (overall with trailer) we want to bring along. We are considering buying a Class C motorhome and would love to be able to pull both boat and car. My husband is very good at trailering. We are also considering a fifth wheel and double towing. Boat and trailer are about 3500 lbs.Any advice? I have heard that the only state that would give us trouble on length would be Arizona. Any experience with this? Help!
Title: Re: advice Help on what to buy- double and triple trailering
Post by: HappyWanderer on November 02, 2017, 11:22:06 PM
I think you need to conduct more research on double towing laws: it is prohibited in more states than it is allowed.

Some states only allow double towing with a fifth wheel. In any event, a Class C probably won't have towing capacity for a car and boat trailer.
Title: Re: advice Help on what to buy- double and triple trailering
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on November 03, 2017, 09:09:50 AM
28 states allow some form of double trailers, aka "triple towing"  [the "triple" comes from tow vehicle plus double trailers}, but details vary substantially. There are various restrictions on overall length, licensing, type of trailer, etc. This site has a brief overview:

http://rvlife.com/rv-triple-towing-laws/

You are also limited by the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of the tow vehicle and the receiver hitch weight rating. Some C's have a substantial GCWR but may have only a 5000 lb receiver.
Title: Re: advice Help on what to buy- double and triple trailering
Post by: QZ on November 03, 2017, 10:09:18 AM
If you consider a FW it doesn't seem that you could pull a 25' boat and stay under 65 ' which is a common max length in many states. There is no way to tow a boat and a car. A couple states do allow a bumper pull to also have something behind it but you wouldn't have an rv with you so that's no good. . Read up on double towing before you do anything. Some states dont allow it at all and some have restrictions or special lic requirements.  In theory you could put a small car in a FW toyhauler and also pull a boat but again, you would be over 65' and need a minimum of a dually and more likely a medium duty.

You also have to look at each state as far as the boat is concerned because some require brakes after 3,000 pounds so even pulling the boat behind a motor home may be an issue.

Example: Short bed pick up, 29' FW, 12' utility trailer(2,990 gvw no brakes required) = 63'