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Old 06-19-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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For those nay sayers...

Just wanted to post a picture of my land train... I've had a number of people tell me it flat out couldn't be done and even if it could be done it wouldn't be legal...

Well after a trip down the interstate in fair winds the truck pulled as if there was nothing there... minimal to no sway in wind or when anyone passed. I was able to tow at 70mph no problem, although my general trailering speed is 62, just stating it is capable.

On the trip I stopped at a weigh station not only to just weigh in but to speak with a secondary state trooper. I spoke with several on the phone saying this would be fine but suggested watching to not exceed the trucks ratings although there was nothing they could do about it... Regardless the trooper at the station weighed all axles, none of which exceeded any ratings and measured the overall length to right at 66' long.

In Nebraska due to the rv being attached we are exempt to the length law as well as the weight law...


Just wanted to show it can be done. It can be done while still being safe and legal... I would definitely towing tandem with a dodge and a dodge only though!!!
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:12 AM   #2
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So, what is that you're towing behind the boat trailer? An auxillary fuel tank maybe?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:14 AM   #3
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Single place jet ski... total weight of 800LBS with fuel in it... need a trailer behind it with extra fuel to keep that dang thing on the water though!
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:32 AM   #4
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I'm very surprised that it's legal to double-tow with a travel trailer. I'd always read that the first trailer had to be a fifth wheel. But, I guess that goes to show that each state's laws are different.

Do you travel to the surrounding states? Do you know their state laws with regards to double-towing?
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:13 AM   #5
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I'm very surprised that it's legal to double-tow with a travel trailer. I'd always read that the first trailer had to be a fifth wheel. But, I guess that goes to show that each state's laws are different.

Do you travel to the surrounding states? Do you know their state laws with regards to double-towing?
Depends on the state you're in. Its legal in Louisiana and very common. I have many camping buddies that do it with no issues. Set up on the rear of the camper has to be done correctly, but once that's done, no issues.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:26 AM   #6
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don't bring it into MO, they will tag you. Double in MO is legal if first trailer is 5th wheel or gooseneck. I am not sure on KS, but it is probably legal there.

And that jetski does not weigh enough to move that SV305 around. Can you see it at all when it is back there?
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I'm very surprised that it's legal to double-tow with a travel trailer. I'd always read that the first trailer had to be a fifth wheel. But, I guess that goes to show that each state's laws are different.

Do you travel to the surrounding states? Do you know their state laws with regards to double-towing?

Yes, there are a number of states that require the front trailer to be a fifth wheel, but many of these are along the coasts. Nebraska and many of my neighboring states do not state a rule there. However they do state that if any of the trailers are over 3000 lbs they must have brakes and a brake away system applied. I don't tow this very far as we are with in 2 hours of every lake I'd ever intend to take this to...
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don't bring it into MO, they will tag you. Double in MO is legal if first trailer is 5th wheel or gooseneck. I am not sure on KS, but it is probably legal there.

And that jetski does not weigh enough to move that SV305 around. Can you see it at all when it is back there?
I don't believe this is the case in Missouri, although I wil confirm it for you.

Nothing in section 304 of the Missouri code specifies that truck-trailer combinations must be in this configuration. I do see more people doing this in the last few years so they may have changed it since you were informed of this regulation.
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Just wanted to post a picture of my land train... I've had a number of people tell me it flat out couldn't be done and even if it could be done it wouldn't be legal...
just stating it is capable.
none of which exceeded any ratings and measured the overall length to right at 66' long.

In Nebraska due to the rv being attached we are exempt to the length law as well as the weight law...




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This above statement is incorrect.
65' is max .
You are not exempt from the legal length law of Nebraska.
The trooper you talked to was misinformed.

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don't bring it into MO, they will tag you. Double in MO is legal if first trailer is 5th wheel or gooseneck. I am not sure on KS, but it is probably legal there.

And that jetski does not weigh enough to move that SV305 around. Can you see it at all when it is back there?

See it? are you kidding? That's the only negative to the whole land train... I can make out a shadow of it sometimes depending on the time of day! or when making a hard turn!

It does trail very nicely behind and as you said the 305 doesn't know its their and neither does the truck... not enough weight to make a difference...

I actually had the spare tire mounted to the rear bumper of the camper when we picked it up from the dealer... I have since removed it and looking for a suitable manner to install it under the tongue of the trailer. With removing it I felt it was safe enough to install the hitch to the bumper. I plan to keep an eye on it and if it appears to weaken at any point it will give me the perfect excuse to the DW to rip it off and build a nicer one with some decent storage for light weight stuff...
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