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Old 06-18-2021, 04:36 PM   #1
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Towing dolly for golf cart…

Anyone on here with a 5th wheel tow their golf cart with a dolly? Just curious what setup you have and how it does on the road. I see a decent amount of 5th wheels out on the road doing it, but not sure about the legalities with 5th wheels and what the tow ratings are for 5th wheel hitches. Thanks in advance
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This question surfaces every so often on thus forum. Some states allow it, some don't. States that do often invoke maximum length regulations. At last report every state on the eastern seaboard but Maryland prohibited the practice. Another thing is that Commercial Vehicles often are subject to different laws than non-commercial vehicles. In other words, just because commercial vehicle can do it doesn't mean that that non-commercial vehicles can do the same things. Laws change all the time, so it is best to get current information from your respective state.
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Anyone on here with a 5th wheel tow their golf cart with a dolly? Just curious what setup you have and how it does on the road. I see a decent amount of 5th wheels out on the road doing it, but not sure about the legalities with 5th wheels and what the tow ratings are for 5th wheel hitches. Thanks in advance
Not sure I'd tow a golf cart on a dolly. Trailer yes, with all four wheels off the road. Highly doubt golf cart tires as well as drivetrain and bearings are up to highway speeds.
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There have been instances where a dolly can cause frame issues. Although the weight on your rated hitch and assembly on the fifth wheel may not be exceeded, the leverage that the bouncing in the back can cause stress to the frame that the frame was not designed for.
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Most receivers on fifth wheels are rated at 300 tongue and 3000 towing so they could do it. Although, as stated above, I doubt whether those little turf tires and wheels could take highway speeds.
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Investigate a swivel wheel trailer. It is like a fixed platform that attaches to the 5th wheel in 3 places so the device doesn't actually articulate. It ha a single or traditional two swivel wheels that carry it's own weight. Also allows you to back up with it. And it is not considered a double tow.
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As everyone else has stated, using a dolly is a bad idea. Yep, those golf cart tires are not made for highway speeds.
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Investigate a swivel wheel trailer. It is like a fixed platform that attaches to the 5th wheel in 3 places so the device doesn't actually articulate. It ha a single or traditional two swivel wheels that carry it's own weight. Also allows you to back up with it. And it is not considered a double tow.
Unless those swivel configurations have improved, the wheels have a tendency to wobble. It would also be interesting to see the stress on the hitch when the caster wheels try to align for backing up.
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Investigate a swivel wheel trailer. It is like a fixed platform that attaches to the 5th wheel in 3 places so the device doesn't actually articulate. It ha a single or traditional two swivel wheels that carry it's own weight. Also allows you to back up with it. And it is not considered a double tow.
Saw one on a 5th wheel trailer while filling up at Buttonwillow, CA. Guy purchased two swivel wheel assy's that had spring suspension built in. Attached to a platform he built that had two hinge mounts welded to his bumper. It appeared that he placed the wheels so they carried most of the weight and weight on the bumper was about the same as tongue weight on a regular trailer.

He had one large and one small motorcycle on it (Goldwing (?) and something smaller for his wife.

A quick lookup of Golf Cart Length shows 96 inches. Same as my TT so it could be carried "sideways" to cut down overall length. To load a 12V winch and ramps would do the job.

Weight wise EZ-Go carts run from the 800# range for gas and just over 900# for electric. Well within the realm of feasibility for a hinged "trailer" on swivel wheels.
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https://www.cruiserlifts.com/collect...nsport-systems

Note I have no personal experience with these, but have sent several and they look like an excellent solution.
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Check along with cruiserlift, https://axlesandmorebyjoellc.com/swivel-wheel-trailer/, https://smarttrailers.com/, Trailers for Our Toys - Topic
I had a single wheel many years ago, was great. I recently checked with WA, OR on legalities. Considered part of a fiver, no license necessary, however legal in my state, AZ, but license required.
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Not sure I'd tow a golf cart on a dolly. Trailer yes, with all four wheels off the road. Highly doubt golf cart tires as well as drivetrain and bearings are up to highway speeds.


When I say dolly, I mean a platform that the entire golf cart sits on…the dolly has two fully rotating tires. I see them frequently on class a’s, and more and more frequently on 5th wheels. Just curious who has tried that a as nd the results.
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Investigate a swivel wheel trailer. It is like a fixed platform that attaches to the 5th wheel in 3 places so the device doesn't actually articulate. It ha a single or traditional two swivel wheels that carry it's own weight. Also allows you to back up with it. And it is not considered a double tow.


Yep, that’s what I’m talking about. May have mis-worded the title a bit

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This was the type I was looking at. More expensive then the other ones.
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