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Old 04-05-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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boats behind 5th wheeler

Just curious as I have seen this done. Are any of you with 5th wheeler s pulling boats behind your rigs? If so, have you run into any problems with local law enforcement or state law enforcement? Would be interested in lengths of rigs and pictures if anyone has some. Thanks.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:31 PM   #2
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i haven't yet but that is the reason i bought my 5th, as of right now i only have a 1/2 ton so i need to upgrade before i can do that,

i saw a map showing what states it is legal to do in, its the majority of the US you can double tow, i just wish i could remember where i saw it
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:48 PM   #3
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We have towed double for about 21 years, going on 22 this summer. I have two pictures of our current FW and boat, a Crestliner SuperHawk 1900. The one with the red truck was with our Ram 2500 Diesel crew-cab long-bed and the second is with our newer truck, 2012 GMC D/A short-bed crew-cab. I would send you a couple of pictures, but can't figure out how to upload, I choose the file and click upload and it just sits there doing nothing. Send me a note in PM and I'll send you back the pictures. Looks like they made it anyway. I do think the GMC color looks better with the boat and trailer, don't you?
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:53 PM   #4
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I pull a boat behind mine. Also have a 1/2 ton but a small 5th wheel and only a 14' fishing boat. I will be getting a bigger truck before I decide to get a bigger boat though. Pulling the rig down the road is really no different than pulling just the 5th wheel. My wheels are still visible in the mirrors too. On most turns the boat trailers tires follow the campers tires unless I am making a very sharp turn.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:03 PM   #5
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in florida the local law is not the problem it's the dot . they told me the rear trailer has to have a front wheel set up like a semi with double trailers, the rear trailer has to have brakes and you can not be over 65 feet total length. the local law don't know what the law is and told me to call the dot.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:08 PM   #6
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I noticed that my manual, under Rear Bumper, recommends no items be added to the rear bumper. It does go on to say over 100lbs. I have heard of bumper failure due to towed load. Am I missing something?
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:25 PM   #7
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I wouldn't tow anything heavier than a Radio Flyer with a bumper mounted hitch. If you plan on towing with a 5er you need a receiver attached to the frame. Many manufacturers will void the warranty if a hitch is attached but on the HT's they come with the hitch and wiring from the factory. I believe total trailer weight is to not exceed 3000 lbs, and a hitch weight of 300 lbs.
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I strongly agree.

I had not heard of a RV frame mounted receiver before but it sounds like the proper way to go. The manual also mentions there could be a change in rig handling characteristics if the tag trailer hitch weight creates up-lift on the RV hitch pin.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:31 PM   #9
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Our 2012 HT had a notice in the owner's manual that adding a hitch would void the frame warranty. We went to a professional welder who reinforced the I-Beams about six feet toward the axle and fabricated a hitch from very heavy duty metal. The total deal took him about four hours and included wiring a plug-in for the boat trailer. The total cost was just a little over $500. We have towed for two summers, 2012 and 2013 and I noticed that the FW rode a bit differently when I put the boat on it behind the Ram, but it tows beautifully with the GMC. In my picture above, I think you can notice a bit of a squat with the Ram that is not there with the GMC. I do believe Ram has stepped up their towing capacity with the 2014 trucks.
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:53 AM   #10
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Were going to do the same thing 769.00 out here. Mine is a 2013 same model, gotta like heavy metal! Love that setup wil be towing an 18 foot Glasstron, love the rig as well his name is Camp he likes road trips The boat is named Captain hook a tit, long story but a good ending.
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