Ok, I know, I know. I plan to stop by the State Patrol office tomorrow to get an opinion from them, but....
It won't happen often, but at some point I would like to tow my truck behind my bus with my ATV on a trailer behind that or my duck boat behind that. While I COULD make the ATV or boat fit in the truck, it is a less than ideal solution given the already excessive height of the truck. Couple that with the fact that my Chevy half ton springs are actually of a LOWER spring rate than the stock Toyota leafs were and well....I just don't feel comfortable.
The regulations in Minnesota say a combination can be no longer than 70 feet overall. I will be close with a bus that is 36 from tip to tail, a tow bar, 20.5 feet of truck, and the trailer for either my 14 or 16 foot boat. I can fit a 16 foot boat on my 14 footer's trailer if I move the axle and front post, but it's not a great fit so I'd prefer to use the trailer for the bigger boat with the bigger boat.
I am legal in terms of not needing aux. brakes according to weight and I don't think it will be an issue with the bus brakes. I am also ok on the weight issue for my drawbar, hitches, etc although the drawbar will be close. I will just have to remove extra weight and put it in the bus. If push came to shove I could run a set of 235-75-15 radials on the truck to reduce weight, but that will cost me the stability of width and it would look just plain goofy. Super Swampers are mighty heavy to lift into the bus too! All those logistics aside, I'm sure I can make it work.
So here's the problem....
Everything I read online says that Minnesota allows you to pull tandems assuming the weights and everything are fine, and that the middle vehicle is no more than 28 feet long. However, everything also says that the middle vehicle must be a fiver. I did some research on this and pulled up the actual statutes. They are here
Am I missing something or does it NOT mention that the second vehicle must be a fiver and that the third trailer be anything in particular? I've been reading and reading and I can't seem to find that clause.
Also, any thoughts from someone who has pulled a combo like this?