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Old 01-22-2010, 10:26 PM   #15
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Howdy and welcome to airforums.com, Jeff!

If you need an office, either tow a travel trailer with a motor home, or just get a bigger trailer. You will definitely live to realize that it's a better idea than towing two trailers.

To paraphrase Ma Kettle, "Onliest folks I seen doon' thet thar was jes' plane dummer'n paste."
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:31 PM   #16
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this info might help:

http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:01 AM   #17
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Some other alternatives to consider:

- You can tow with a van conversion. Check out Sportsmobile's web site. The short-wheelbase E350 vans retain considerable towing capacity even when converted, and Sportsmobile does custom conversions that would be suitable as offices. We were considering this but concluded that we needed a pickup for 4wd.

- You can tow with a slide-in camper in the pickup. Most of these have electric jacks that make it reasonable to pull out the camper and lower it to the ground at a campsite, though some campgrounds don't allow this on aesthetic grounds. Pickup campers have changed in recent years and are larger and better appointed but also fairly expensive for their square footage.

- You can tow a small trailer behind a motorhome.

- You can tow behind a second car, assuming your wife or one of the kids drives. There are a number of minivans and crossovers that have towing capacities around 3500-4500 pounds, which would work for a Bambi.
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:38 AM   #18
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I would get an AS motorhome and tow my office trailer.
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:46 AM   #19
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A few years ago there was a post about someone who used their brand new TV to tow a brand new AS and a boat behind that. As I recall, all three were totaled.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:13 AM   #20
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Something else to consider is that most RV parks allow one trailer per site (plus a tent or two). You might have trouble with some places allowing you to have a 31'/34' AND a Bambi on the same site. Space limitations in many sites may make this impossible as well.
I wouldn't even consider towing a trailer behind our Airstream trailer (even if it were another Airstream). Such a concoction, whether technically legal or not, would be just begging for a huge disaster on the road. You would also be inviting frame trouble for the 31'/34' as well (the general concensus is that a bike rack attached to the rear of an Airstream will cause frame trouble--nevermind attaching another trailer to jerk the rear around).
If this were my problem, I would consider a stout van as the tow vehicle that could be outfitted with an office in the rear or, as mentioned, a slide in camper in a pickup.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:21 AM   #21
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How could you ever get a second trailer hitched to the first one? I have seen 5th wheels with boats attached, but the owner rolled the boat trailer to the 5th wheel and dropped it on the ball.
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Safety and legal issues aside (and they're huge), the frame of the 34' wouldn't support a 2" receiver. You'd end up yanking the frame on the 34' apart at some point. It's not built for that kind of stresses. As Cantrell said above, carrying a bicycle rack on the back of an Airstream will cause stress issues.

Having had both a 34' tri-axle AND a 325 motorhome at different times, I'd suggest buying either a vintage Airstream to tow the Bambi, or a B190 to tow the 34' with. The previous owners of our 34' tri-axle did exactly that. Remember too, that unmodified the total towed weight limit with a Classic moho is only 2,000 lbs. That can be increased, but would be sufficient for a Classic Bambi 16'. Ihad a '61 Bambi when I bought the 325, and although I never towed the little trailer with the moho, I always thought it'd look pretty cool going down the road. I sold the Bambi before I had the chance to try it.

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Old 01-23-2010, 12:09 PM   #23
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Towing with a heavy-duty conversion van sounds doable.
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:45 PM   #24
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No way! As an insurance exec- I'm surprised you even have to ask this.
Actually it seems it is quite legal in many states - more than in which it is not legal if I read this correctly ......

State Laws Can Pull You in Many Directions if You Double Tow - PickupTrucks.com News


I agree though I surely wouldn't want to do it!

The previous owner of our AS must have been pulling a fishing boat or something as it had a 2" welded hitch receiver on the back complete with wiring.

I contemplated using the hitch for a bike rack but in the end decided not to and cut the hitch off.

Hopefully it hasn't caused any damage to the trailer - I don't see any evidence but then I may not know what to look for!

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Old 01-23-2010, 08:42 PM   #25
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towing a trailer with a trailer

Thanks for all of the great responses. This will really help in guiding me in the next step. I really would love to have a 325, or 345 motorhome in good shape. They are very cool machines, and then I could pull the bambi, but it would be difficult to see any local attractions, go sightseeing, etc. if I had to drive a 34 foot motorhome everywere. Seems like I would need a vehicle. I had one thought, Get a motorhome and pull a non airstream trailer with an office in the front and a car in the back of the trailer. You know, the kind that have a ramp to drive up into. Not sure what it would take to get the . motorhome capable of pulling a trailer witht the weight of a car in it. The idea of a truck with a slide-in pulling a 34 footer is also good. Still brainstorming. Any other ideas are very helpful and appreciated. I do have 4 small kids 8, 7, 4 and 2 years old, so I think a 34 footer is a must.
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If I was you I would disregard all of the prior replies. Here's the honest truth.

If you have an adequately sized truck you can tow one Airstream behnd the other.

The problem is not whether or not you can tow them in tandem. The problem is that you won't be able to go that far before killing yourself and family, and perhaps other people on the highway.

The only other consideration is to make sure you have plenty of insurance. But that shouldn't be a problem.

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Hello Jeff. Welcome to the forums!

Trailer on a hitch pulling another trailer? Can't say I've heard of that. Wonder if it's legal anywhere. But call your highway patrol -- I've seen them attending camping shows and they know their stuff!
See it all the time out west. You can pull two trailers as long as they entire rig dies not exceed 75ft (if I remember correctly). My F-250 and Classic 31 are 53ft Bumper to Bumper. That leaves 22 ft. Airstream will tell you you cannot pull a trailer behind an Airstream.
If your rear trailer starts to sway you will have a hard time getting back under control.
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Hi, simply put; "You CAN but you MAY not."

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