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Old 07-19-2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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Towing behind my wildcat fifthwheel

So my question is not about the truck, or my fifthwheel hitch but my 2008 Wildcat 32QBBS. I have a hitch on the back that was put on so I could pull a boat behind the camper I am jsut wondering if anyone has experience with this. Is it going to destroy anything, is it just a bad idea or anything?
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:47 AM   #2
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Illegal in most states to "double tow". Lot of rules and regulations. Also, you'll never be able to back it, and wait to you need to fuel the tow vehicle with all that behind you. Hope it is diesel, and you can use the big truck lane, and larger nozzle found there. Just my two cents.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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It's legal in Michigan , but total length of all must be under 64 ft I am told by my dealer
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:31 AM   #4
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It's not illegal as long as your going to or from an Interstate for travel. I have double/triple trailer endorsement but I don't know if it's required for R/Vs.
A light boat wouldn't hurt anything. You would have to wire in a plug though. When I was in Utah and Idaho double trailers were very popular and usually a 5er with a boat behind it.

Here's a link you can check some guidelines by your state of travel.
http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:00 PM   #5
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The main problem is state requirements. Vehicle must be 65' or less (single, dbl or triple). There are a few states (chk state hwy laws) that allow 75'.

Bottom line: you better know what you're doin' cause you can get into trouble quickly. Vehicle tracking is WAY different (each trailer cuts inside of the tow vihicle 8-10") so clearing corners are tricky! Backing is NOT an option! 87CrewDually is right on time. Be sure you check it out FIRST!
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:18 PM   #6
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My neighbor considered that and here in PA he was told even for an RV you need a CDL...I've not verified that though.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:23 AM   #7
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All 2011 and 2012 Wildcats include a 2" receiver hitch built into the frame with a 300lbs. tongue weight and a 3000lbs. towing capacity.

As noted earlier, please be sure to check with your state or province for local regulations.
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:31 PM   #8
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My neighbor pulls a 18 foot express bass boat behind his cardinal fifth wheel. Tow vehicle is a F350 Dually. I also see small trailers with golf carts as a double tow many times. I didn't want to worry about double towing so I traded in my TT for a Class C and I can either pull jet ski's, boat or trailer w/golf cart.
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Be sure to look here or check with your local BMV/DMV:
http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:43 PM   #10
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"Vehicle tracking is WAY different (each trailer cuts inside of the tow vihicle 8-10") so clearing corners are tricky!"
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That is simply incorrect, as the rear of the fifth swings out on a turn, and the boat will follow almost in the same wheel tracks.
I towed a boat for years behind my old fifth with zero problems, pulled like a dream. But I wouldn't do it with the Flagstaff, as the frame is much lighter. Probably still ok, but I'm a little more fussy with our brand new camper.
Your Wildcat may have a heavier frame, but I would still not pull too heavy a boat. Someone posted the preferred ratio of weight as percentage of the camper weight, I think it was 1/3. So if your fifth is 9000 lbs, a 3000 lb boat would be ok.
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