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Old 04-22-2013, 12:09 AM   #11
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Double towing is illegal in many states and some of them will give you a fairly expensive ticket and escort you to their border if you have the cheek to invade. It doesn't matter if you're legal in your home state in many cases.

I think Washington State Patrol will escort you to the state boundary if you show up with a double tow.
Same her in PA. A very big (and expensive) no-no!
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:30 AM   #12
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Nobody designs their 5er frames to do what you're talking about doing. Since they're not designed for that, it's dangerous to do it, not only for you but for the people on the road near you.
That simply is an untrue statement.
We pulled a boat with our last fifth wheel, and there is absolutely nothing "dangerous" about it.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:52 AM   #13
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Nobody designs their 5er frames to do what you're talking about doing. Since they're not designed for that, it's dangerous to do it, not only for you but for the people on the road near you.
based on what data did you come about this statement???


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Old 04-22-2013, 09:33 AM   #14
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based on what data did you come about this statement???
I don't (and should) have data to support that no one designs their frames for that. Apparently Wildcat did, at least briefly. If you find one, use it.

It's just common sense that if you load something beyond what it was designed to support, it may break. Breaking a frame, or more likely, a pin box, while you're towing down the road is going to be a catastrophe. I'm sorry if you don't want to hear that, but it's true, and you know it.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:58 AM   #15
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It's just common sense that if you load something beyond what it was designed to support, it may break.
But how do you know that there are absolutely no fifth wheels designed to pull anything behind?
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:19 AM   #16
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This must be a regional phenomenon. Its a very common sight in Louisiana with golf carts, ATVs, and boats. I also have a couple of camping friends that have that setup and not once have I heard of any issues, especially catostrophic. IMO, a light weight frame could be problematic, but as long as you are comfortable, legal, and safe with your setup, go for it.
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But how do you know that there are absolutely no fifth wheels designed to pull anything behind?
As I said in my first paragraph, I don't know that. You are right. But are you suggesting that they designed them for that and then just forgot to tout that as a selling point in their literature? I don't think so. Oh, and I also don't think they're purposely spending money on frames that are stronger than they need to be for the RV they're making. I imagine there's a few pounds extra so they can use a common part in some cases, but how do you know what those cases are?
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:27 AM   #18
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... but as long as you are comfortable ...
Yea, because "you" know so much about structural design, comfort is all it takes.
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Yea, because "you" know so much about structural design, comfort is all it takes.
Being a structural engineer helps in the comfort department.
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Wow Barry, why so emotional about this subject? I have a different opinion than you and have close experience with this subject. I can agree to differ from you and offer an opinion without getting emotional about it.
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