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Old 08-14-2016, 07:25 PM   #1
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Pulling a boat

Question, I have a 2012 31.5 FBHS. And after 30 plus years I'm finally going to buy myself a boat. Has anyone ever installed a hitch on the back of their trailer for pulling a boat or whatever? If my math is wright lets say 24' for the trailer 32' minus 8 for overhang on the truck, plus 20' 18' plus a couple of ft for the trailer of the boat. My math comes out to around 44' for both the trailer and the boat not to mention the length of the ole grey mule, which happens to be a 2000 3/4 ton chevy crew cab which adds a additional 13' from the hitch in the bed? ( Which comes around to 57'). So my question is does anyone pull a trailer plus a boat behind their truck?. My wife has the Least interest in pulling a boat behind her car, and now that I have waited till my boys have grown up and are going off to college I have to figure out a way to pull both items at the same time. Give me some feedback and let me know what you think......
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Old 08-14-2016, 07:56 PM   #2
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Each state is different on the laws of towing doubles. Check laws before you even consider this. You will get a ticket and they will not let you move them until they are separated. And the ticket is pricey in Florida.
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:22 PM   #3
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I've seen it done in Maine and New Hampshire.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:40 AM   #4
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I second this suggestion. Each State also has a length limit, even if it allows triple tow configuration. In Arizona, the max length is 65 feet for all three.

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Old 08-15-2016, 10:43 AM   #5
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I don't, but my boss does it all the time. As for as length goes, my neighbor is a state trooper. (actually he is the area supvr) I question him about double towing. He told me it is their un-official policy to "not see" RV double towing unless there is really something crazy going on. He went on to say that was the policy of most states.

I to have a 2012 31.5 FBHS and have thought of doing such a thing, however, I have the pull-out cargo tray on the back of my 5er. Texas T, if you also have the cargo tray, I would be interested in knowing how you attach the hitch for the boat trailer.

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Not a boat, but my neighbor tows his golf cart on a small flat bed trailer. He custom fabbed the hitch receiver and had a welding shop finish up the welds for him to be sure they were good.

He's local LEO, his daughter and SIL are both state police. I asked him once about the length (I'm pretty sure it's 65' in TX) and he said he never measured and doesn't worry about it. I know in some states it is not legal to tandem tow, and despite LEO's decision to "overlook" such infractions, I wouldn't take the chance. You never know when someone is having a bad day and decides to take you with them.

Just last weekend, I saw a boat being towed tandem, and it looked alright to me from a distance. Being the way I am, I would have to triple check everything (including the laws) before I was the least bit comfortable with doing this.
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I know a few who have been stopped and told to disconnect before leaving. Others go happily on their way and never get stopped.

Me, I'm over boats with motors.
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Has anyone ever installed a hitch on the back of their trailer for pulling a boat or whatever?
Here's some pics of our last camper/boat combo. We were 68' total. Before I had the custom hitch installed, I checked with the local State Police and county Sheriff and they both stated that as long as I wasn't doing anything stupid, we'd be fine. We towed that combo 4 years without incident. We just unhitched the boat and rolled it out of the way before backing into our site. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:39 PM   #9
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I echo the others. Check your state laws on it.

Michigan allows it as long as the first trailer is a fifth wheel. I see it all the time. It seems like it is usually a half ton with a shorter fifth wheel and a boat. They are usually just cruising down the freeway just fine, no sway, no control issues nothing that scares me other than the fact I know they are likely over the GVWR. Michigan does have a "Recreational Doubles" endorsement for drivers licenses for this combination. It is a short multiple question test and $10 fee and was easy (I got the endorsement, even though I haven't needed it yet).
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:46 PM   #10
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Texas is total max length 65 ft & your allowed for the outboard motor to not be included in measurement. Nobody's measuring anyway.
Also if your combined GVWR of the 3 exceeds 26000 you need to get a class a non-CDL in Tx.
As to the hitch, get a good welding shop to attach hitch to frame & not that so called bumper on a rv.
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