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Old 11-01-2017, 02:02 PM   #1
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Saw the darnedest thing last week

Last week while traveling south on I-26 in North Carolina I took notice of a trailering oddity. On the intersecting side road I see a pickup towing a 5th wheel long horse trailer with a 4-wheel dolly and a second long 5th wheel attached to the dolly. It was only a quick view as we passed on the interstate but I've never seen anything like that. I suppose he was pushing a length limit if NC has one.

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Old 11-01-2017, 03:41 PM   #2
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Total length was probably over 60’ ?

http://trailers.com/state-laws/north-carolina.php

Tandem trailers OK on Interstates per Section 20-115.1, but too much detail to review now IMO:

https://connect.ncdot.gov/business/t...20Vehicles.pdf

[page 5 of 22]

FYI and FWIW.
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:15 PM   #3
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I see doubles towing frequently. Some states allow and some don't but I don't think there's heavy enforcement in either case. But I think even where it's allowed there is a max length restriction. But this is the first time I've ever seen a double 5th wheel except in the big rigs.
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:23 PM   #4
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There is a picture that came from the AS archives which shows what looks like a 1950's vintage Chrysler sedan towing 4 Airstream trailers - one behind the other. Pat
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Doubles!!!

I believe all states allow tandem trailers as long as the lead trailer is a 5th wheel/gooseneck on “designated highways” which includes all interstates and most secondary roads. Some - I know Minnesota does - allow a bumper hitch lead so you can pull your travel trailer and a boat. Land of 10,000 lakes you know!!! Motor on!!!
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I towed a 23' Streamline TT and boat trailer (overall length 63'), for years with my 1/2 ton International Travelal and was never stopped. I had seen others and the only advice was to use sway control between the trailers. I even learded to back up both rigs. Sometime i had to pull forward ans straighten everything out, then back up some more. Patience! Go slow and watch the mirrors!
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Old 11-02-2017, 02:28 PM   #7
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Hi

At least in PA, the rules seem to restrict you to two trailers. Each one must be < 28.5 feet long. They don't seem to dig much into how they are connected. That may be in a part of the rules I did not find.

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Getting fuel must be fun.

Once in Colorado I followed a motorhome towing a car towing a boat. Folks out west are more flexible in their restrictions.
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Getting fuel must be fun.

Once in Colorado I followed a motorhome towing a car towing a boat. Folks out west are more flexible in their restrictions.
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I suspect that it also depends a bit on how many towns and cities you have with roads laid out prior to the discovery of the straight line

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