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Anyone Tripple Tow?

Discussion in 'Towing & Trailer Tech' started by tbplus10, May 30, 2013.

  1. tbplus10

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    In Texas along with probably a half dozen other states its legal to tripple tow.
    For those not familiar with tripple towing it's simply having two trailers behind your truck.
    Most tripple tow laws are similiar:
    65' max combined length
    max trailer length 45'
    max tow bar length 15'
    Any trailer over 4500lbs requires brakes
    Safety chains required on trailers over 3000lb
    70 mph max daytime speed for any trailers under 26' 65 mph max nightine speed
    27' and up max daytime 60 mph and 55 nightime
    5th wheels max daytime 60 mph and nightime 55 mph no matter length
    Tow vehicle or trailer can be no wider than 8.5' and no higher than 14'
    Max combined weight is 25,999 class B license required for 26,0000 and above
    I regularly tow a 45' three car goose neck tripple axle trailer behind a 2005 C/C dually 4wd diesel.
    Next weekend Im planning on attemting my first tripple tow with my 18' ski boat (total length 20.5') behind a 25' trailer, yea I know Im already starting out illegal by .05 buy I figute if a trooper is gung ho enough to stop and measure that close he'll find something to get me on anyways.
    I was thinking about putting the boat and trailer on my car hauler but even at the back of the hauler the trailet was very close to 14', I know I'm willing to break the law by length but then worry about height? The reason for this thinking is theirs a couple low bridges on the way to the lake Im going to, one as low as 15', but the height sign is old, and looks a lot older than about two or three repavement jobs.

    I know I cant back up with this rig, but my real concern is cornering.
    Anyone ever tripple towed and have a few tricks or tips to share?
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  2. SurrealOne

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    No experience here, but I had a few thoughts...

    Pray your insurance company doesn't notice the 0.05 overage if something happens, as they might try to deny coverage based on it. Better yet, pray nothing happens, as that'd be a very expensive mess, in either case.

    Good luck!
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    Take your corners very wide, and watch out for the "crack the whip" effect on the highway. Truckers pulling doubles and triples get in trouble all the time because the rearmost trailer starts swaying and it's hard to pull out of.
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    be careful on corners, in wind, and when semis go past. with that length something else to consider is passing anything. itll be even harder to know just where the end of that back trailer is.

    double, triple and quadruple check all connections, if something looks at all funny, fix it.

    happy hauling.

    Alex
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  5. tbplus10

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    All good tips, thanks guys._
    I dont plan on passing anyone with this set-up, Ill be the slow guy their passing.
    I was out a few minutes ago checking wire connections and hitchs and realized I could draw both reciever hitch's in one more hole which shortens everything by 3", after remeasuring everything Im at 44' 9".
    I have a portable monitoring camera Ip mounted on the wakeboard pole with a monitor on the dash of the truck to watch things at the back end, I use it on my car hauler all the time to make sure I dont back over anything, it cost me about $275, which coincidently was about what the repair damages were for the pole I backed into that sent me looking for a monitor system.
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    no experience but a guy in my neighborhood used to do it with a dodge ram with a gooseneck for his Scout and then a small rv trailer behind that. Other than wide corners I have no clue.
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    Drive as straight as possible! All lights are working! Go "WIDE", stay in your lane! Enjoy your vacation......My grandfather did it that way and enjoyed.
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    Sounds interesting for sure. I've seen the semi trucks triple towing, but didn't know it was legal for passenger vehicles anywhere. Take a couple pics when you get it all set up, would love to see it.
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  9. tbplus10

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    I found a site that lists some basic trailering info for most states and Canadian Provinces, I was surprised to find out how many states allow tripple towing.
    27 states and 3 Canadian Provinces.
    Its actually allowed in some states Ive lived in and never realized they allowed it.
    Most states limit the length to 65'.
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    I know it's legal here in Alberta, but I've only seen a couple of people actually do it. To have 2 trailers though, the front trailer has to be a fifth wheel that is longer than the second trailer, and the hitch on the 5th wheel trailer is required to be mounted directly to the frame. Not that I'd want to be towing a second trailer with a hitch that isn't mounted that securely... but then again, not everyone in the world is that logical.
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    Yep your in one of the province that allows it, but like you said the first trailer has to be a goose neck or 5th wheel. Theres a handful that require this combo.
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  12. steved

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    I used to see it quite a bit of multiple trailers being towed in my cross country travels...mostly hotshotters delivering new trailers. It must vary by state (think intrastate, versus interstate) because I've seen guys going down around OK and TX with up to four or five bumper pull trailers all connected together. Every now and again you see a guy with an RV trailer, and boat or small utility trailer/quad going down the road.

    I think your main focal point would be making sure you have tight couplers with as little slop in them as possible...to keep the wiggle down to a minimum.

    Wouldn't two trailers be called "doubles" and three trailers be called "triples"? That's how they are designated in the CDL world...I used to have the doubles/triples endorsement.
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  13. tbplus10

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    Most states only allow 2 trailers, but correctly speaking yes it should be doubles but is called tripple tow in state regulations, possibly their including the tow vehicle.
    Heres a listing of states allowing:
    Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indianna, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Lousiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennassee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia,


    With fifth wheel as first trailer only:
    Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Michegan, Wisconsin, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

    Some states list only as "Multiple Trailers" not to exceed a certain length (usually 65 or 70 depending on state) and some list specifically 2 trailers, each state has specific rules on brakes, hitchs, lights, etc.
    Texas lists 2 trailers, but I routinely see Mexican car trains running down the highway with 2, 3, and a few times 4 cars in tow, For anyone driving in Texas these are a hazard to avoid since the cars being towed are normally auction yard wrecks that may or may not have working lights and be running Mexican insurance (if any insurance at all) that is very hard to collect payment for any damages incurred.

    Im using a Bulldog coupler on my boat trailer and just got permission to swap one on the camper, their slightly more expensive, a bit stiff, but they normally have little or no slop.
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    Tested and fine tuned the trailers and tow vehicle this weekend.
    My neighbor is a Texas DPS Trooper specializing in Vehicle Safety Enforcement, I got her to roadtest and conduct a courtesy inspection on everything. After a full and indepth 2.5 hr inspection she made 3 recomendations that wouldnt be considered ticketable but could enhance safety.
    Left side boat trailer tire had old sidewall damage, not bad just scuffing, replaced both tires since there 10yrs old and starting to show age.
    Added more reflectors on the sides and back of both trailers for better night visibility.
    And a new Tekonsha P3 multi channel porportional brake controller that controlls up to 4 braking axles.
    Since I live on the edge of a rural area we took the rig out on a few roads to get the feel of towing, and since I was off on my measurements and had lots of room to spare we hooked a 10' utillity trailer between the boat and trailer to get the effect of pulling a "full load".
    No problems pulling or turning, just have to make sure you watch the inside since the trailer will easily cut the inside but if driven wide will nicely follow an outside line.
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  15. ChevyFan

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    Just saw this again about a week ago.

    HD truck towing a large trailer ... towing about a 16' ski boat.

    My guess was maybe 40' total trailer length. Probably more.
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    used to tow strings of 5 trailers (my tug + 5 trailers) at the airport. I'm the only one that could back up all 5 without jack-kniving the trailers. Concentration is key, and remember that your corrections are the opposite of opposite (how ever many trailers your towing makes this up) just take your time and dont make sudden movements.
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    Definitely let us know how it works out and share the experience and photos of the setup
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    Watch your weights!!! Don't let your last trailer out weigh your center trailer,,,and have some weight in your tow truck!! NY doubles, always heavy in the front!!!!
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    i don't suppose you could elaborate the reasoning of this for clarification?
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  20. tbplus10

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    I can explain the reason for this after towing different trailer combinations all summer, lighter trailer in the center under the right circumstances cause real bad swaying of the larger back trailer at higher speeds.
    Weight in the truck is basic trailering sense so the truck doesnt get pushed around.
    Kind of the reason you dont tow larger loads or trailers with a Jeep, while it may have the horsepower needed to do the job, it lacks the weight to stop from being pushed around by the load.
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